Don’t forget this needs to be a variety of sources. There are several good web based resources, summarised below with thanks to Dr Ashley Liston:
Far reaching range of modules, written, peer reviewed and edited by doctors, clearly laid out and easily searchable. The modules include brief Read-reflect-respond, Interactive case histories and brief ‘Just in time’ learning modules. Most appear to be available for free but the full range is available for £79/yr.
A CME log provides an opportunity to record identified learning needs and record reflective learning notes using the BMJ learning modules or other learning events or activities. These are logged against the GMC categories relating to the appraisal sections.
A report for appraisal can be created for a defined period of learning in Word or pdf and exported to use for the annual appraisal.
GP focused magazine covering politics, blogs and learning sections. Sign up for free online membership:
Weekly clinical section with ‘Key Questions’ providing an update on a specific clinical condition and a monthly ‘What’s new in—‘ section providing information on a clinical area-based on the RCGP core curriculum.
PulsePlus section is devoted to one subject. This is linked to a simple 10 question online MCQ assessment. A pdf certificate can be generated following this recording time spent, key learning points and any potential or actual impact on clinical care.
www.pulsetoday.co.uk click on CPD/Education
Another GP focused magazine focusing on topical issues of the day and educational support, it provides suggested reading with an opportunity to record reflections on learning in a CPD organiser.
The learning resources can be linked to a CPD organiser which prompts reflection on the learning need, learning achieved, impact and hours/credits of CPD achieved.
The GP Curriculum Centre provides links to learning resources found in previous issues of GP magazine which cover the various areas of the RCGP curriculum.
A link is also provided to a section called ‘my CME’ which includes a wide variety of learning modules with search facility. The modules include a brief test with results and a ‘credit certificate’. There is a record of ‘exam history’ with comparisons against site averages. The validity or relevance of this sort of information is clearly likely to be of limited value. The site appears to be hosted and managed from the US and requires separate registration but is also free.
A recent site has opened which appears to be the CME part as described above:
E-Learning for Health
NHS GPs can obtain free access to this site, providing a programme of e-learning modules covering the RCGP curriculum. Each module is made up of reflective and interactive e-learning sessions that enhance GP training and support preparation for appraisal and revalidation.
Modules can be found by browsing or searching, and most are 20-30mins. The sequence of learning slides are interactive and are peppered with MCQ questions.
The site holds a record of learning/courses completed with new learning paths also being recorded. A certificate is generated but it does not appear possible to download this although it is printable.
The DOH has chosen to withdraw funding for the toolkit. The information stored will be available to access for a limited period only. For a modest subscription GPs can access an enhanced version of this site which is/will be revalidation ready. Features they are promoting include:
Strengthened Appraisal FormsePortfolio with standard templates
Appraisal workflow, AQMAR support and PDP production
Multi Source Feedback (MSF or 360)
Groups of doctors ePortfolio management
Integration with General Practice Intranet (GP-Teamnet)
Integration with eLearning; the system integrates with CLARITY products, NHS CKS tracker functionality and Clarity Drug Monographs
Standard XML export should you wish to move in future
Hosted in a secure environment.
The PCT is looking into alternatives.
This site has a wealth of summarised clinical guidelines for primary care. By clicking the ‘track this’ button on each guideline it allows the reading to be recorded in a personal CPD portfolio.
The site allows recording of guidelines that have been read as well as new items read. It then invites you to access the ‘Test and Reflect’ section which comprises of 5 MCQ type questions based on the guideline and comparison also is available against site averages. There is also a ‘Demonstrating impact’ section where you are invited to consider potential impact with some excellent suggestions for application or audits with a record of time spent in this activity.
The site includes a CPD dashboard where the record of activity in all of these areas is displayed. It does not appear to be able to include other learning activity or have the capability to export the information from the site.
Includes a comprehensive list of CME modules with clear learning objectives. There is a section specifically for GPs. It includes a pre module MCQ to test current knowledge and another on completion.
The education section also allows e certificates to be printed or downloaded and for the addition of modules to PDP learning needs. The site includes a ‘Your PDP’ section with the option to select the PDP period, the modules included and for the production of a report including personal and practice details as well as identified learning needs and learning activities.
The GP Notebook site has access to GP Notebook Tracker which is sponsored by Univadis. This keeps a record of reading from GP notebook pages as well as providing ‘GEMs’ educational modules.
There are a wide variety of educational modules which link to the GP Notebook pages of information. The modules can be annotated as PUNS or DENS and annotations added to the pages.
The Univadis learning modules appear to be derived from BMJ Learning. A learning plan can be recorded and certificates produced
Courses and Cases vary from 30mins to 2hrs. They are created by clinicians, are peer reviewed and are also ‘accredited’ by epass (Scottish RCGP). The Medicines Interactive covers developments in treatment and management although each module is sponsored by a pharma company with some giving a ‘free gift’ as an incentive.
The other sections include Business Tutorials where there some excellent articles although they do not seem to regularly updated. The Clinical Interactive section provides news, views, blogs and learning material on specific clinical areas.
The PDP tracker records learning need and learning activities against GMC headings with the capability to export to Excel or Word.
The GP Update Handbook outlines the results of the most important research relevant to primary care over the last 5 years. The Handbook covers more subjects more extensively than their one-day courses and is structured in such a way that it is very easy to see the key points without having to read the whole text. Useful ‘take home messages’ are summarised for each article.
The site content is protected by copyright, however, once you have become a member you are free to use it to update your practice guidelines. There is no involvement whatsoever with pharmaceutical companies, so there is no biasing of the information presented to you here.
The handbook includes a ‘Revalidation Action Pack’ which encourages practical application of learning in a step-by step way which can demonstrate ‘impact’ and potentially increase ‘credits’—assuming this system is finally adopted
RCGP Revalidation e-portfolio
The tool is being developed by the RCGP, working closely with GPs, to ensure that it will support the needs of GPs, GP appraisers and Primary Care Organisations as a comprehensive appraisal and revalidation toolkit.
The ePortfolio will be free of charge for PCOs, GP appraisers and RCGP members. GPs who are not members of the College will benefit from an extended free trial period.
Phase 1 of the ePortfolio was due to be available from this autumn for a group of ‘early adopter’ PCOs. It will include GP and GP appraiser functionality and will support GPs in collecting their CPD and other necessary supporting information for appraisal. A schedule of enhancements in future phases will add further features for PCOs, Responsible Officers and lead appraisers; and integration with other eLearning resources and external systems.
The system is designed to enable GPs and their appraisers to manage the annual appraisal and, in due course, manage their revalidation process within one software solution. A dashboard summary will allow the RO to make their revalidation decision looking at a single screen (with the opportunity to drill down into supporting information where required).
The RCGP is developing some excellent e-learning resources including their Essential Knowledge Updates with activity and achievements being linked to the e-portfolio.