Learning Resources for all GPs

Need Help?

Doctors are notoriously bad at seeking help, but it is a key part of professionalism and maintaining a healthy, enjoyable career.  This page provides some ideas as to where to look for help when you need it.  Your need may be simply for someone to talk over career or learning plans, or it may be something more serious.

Official Bodies

Government Bodies, Unions and Associations that provide direction, guidance and support for our profession, including Trainees, Principals, Salaried Doctors and Locums.

Guidelines and Evidence Based Medicine

With new and changing guidance being issued at an ever increasing rate, web-based resources are the easiest way to ensure you are up to date.

Search for Clinical Information Online

General and Specifically Medical Resources.  Never heard of that Syndrome?  Want to know more about a disease?

FOAMed (Free Open Access Medical Education)

If you want to know how we practiced medicine 5 years ago, read a textbook.
If you want to know how we practiced medicine 2 years ago, read a journal.
If you want to know how we practice medicine now, go to a (good) conference.
If you want to know how we will practice medicine in the future, listen in the hallways and use FOAM.

“FOAM is a concept, a movement, a drive, for creative collaboration from globally situated altruistically orientated healthcare professionals. FOAM is a call to arms. A means of collating and curating the growing wealth of online education resources which are free and easy to access. FOAM embraces ideas, people and concepts as the global medical community, bringing together like-minded people, groups and associations to deliver high quality FREE medical education resources to all healthcare practitioners anywhereanytime…”

Find out more about FOAM here.

News and Education

Online GP education resources and current medical news.


A variety of online resources to support good prescribing practice.

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User Guide to BMJ Learning & Athens Acc

Free access to BMJ Learning for NHS and practice staff across NHS South Central

NHS South Central has purchased a licence for all staff and trainees across NHS South Central to have FREE access to BMJ Learning.

What is BMJ Learning?

BMJ Learning comprises over 600 short, interactive e-learning modules on clinical subjects. Although particularly targeted at GPs, GP trainees, hospital doctors, medical trainees, practice nurses and managers, the modules are also reportedly very well-liked by other clinical professionals wishing to keep up-to-date with bite sized chunks of learning.

How do I access it?

You need a BMJ Learning account and an NHS Athens account (see below if you don’t yet have both). of these).  Once you have both, access is easy: go to http://learning.bmj.com/ and select ‘Athens users sign in here’.

1) Register for a BMJ Learning account

Go to http://learning.bmj.com/ and select ‘Register here for free modules’.  Enter your e-mail address and select a password.

If you already have an NHS Athens account, go to step 3), otherwise:

2) Register for an NHS Athens account

An NHS Athens account will give you access to all the databases, e-journals and e-books purchased by the NHS for the NHS, as well as BMJ Learning.

Register for an account at: https://register.athensams.net/nhs/nhsscsha/. Choose the Trust or PCT to which you are affiliated, and follow the onscreen instructions. If at all possible, use a computer connected to the NHS network or an NHS e-mail address, and your account will be set up instantly (otherwise, allow 10 days).

Once your account is set up, you can use Athens and BMJ Learning from computers anywhere.

3) Synchronise your BMJ Learning account with your NHS Athens account

Go to ‘My Athens’ at: www.athensams.net/myathens (this is where you can see all the resources available to you via Athens).  Login with your Athens account details, then select Resources, then Local Resources. Select BMJ Learning. On this first time of use, your two accounts will be synchronised.

Note that you only need to do steps 1-3 once.

Is user help available?
  • There is a user guide at http://learning.bmj.com/learning/channels/userguide.html
  • BMJ Learning Support Tel 020 7383 6160 (weekdays 9am – 5pm) or email.
  • For help with NHS Athens, or any of the information resources that NHS Athens provides access to, please contact your local NHS library: see the directory of libraries at HILSD.
  • For general queries, contact Helen Bingham, Library & eLearning Resources Manager.

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Web Based Learning

The eLearning section of the RCGP website has a wealth on online learning modules.

GPLectures is a pay per view, online medical lectures service. Lectures from experienced consultants and specialists are recorded in a film studio in Norwich and made available to watch over the Internet.

Using a library of over 80 videos, you can create a lecture programme to reflect your personal learning needs.

Choose your time, place and pace of learning by watching from your PC. You can stop and replay lectures at any single sitting as often as you wish. GPLectures saves time and money and makes your learning more effective.

To view the gplectures website click here.

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NHS Library Services

GPs, GP trainees and practice staff are entitled to use the resources and services provided by the NHS libraries based at Poole, Royal Bournemouth and Dorchester Hospitals.  In addition GPs and practice staff are very welcome to use the library facilities for quiet research and study.

Key Services

  • promotion and training to use national and regional electronic resources
  • document supply from locally held print collections and utilising national collections such as the BMA or British Library
  • Current awareness including specialised alerts of information from the databases
  • Enquiry and literature searching whereby we search for information on a specified topic and send abstracts of current research for GPs to view


  • Regional Library Catalogue – the Regional Library Catalogue with a portal to access electronic information.
  • East Dorset NHS Library – the Library Blog acts as a web site for the East Dorset NHS Library and has contact details as well as more information about their services.
  • Dorset County Hospital Library – a very useful source of information and support, particularly for doctors working in the west of the county

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