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GP community approves private sector training

BMI Healthcare : 27 February, 2014  (Technical Article)
Survey amongst general practicioners in the UK reveals high levels of support for training provided by the private sector
GP community approves private sector training


In a recent survey, when asked to measure the quality of training provided by the private sector 91.4% of the GPs surveyed said it was good, very good or excellent. The survey which looked at GP training also found that 96% of GPs rated the training provision provided by private hospitals as valuable, very valuable or invaluable to their continued professional development, according to a survey carried out by BMI Healthcare.



Last year BMI Healthcare carried out more than 470 GP focused education events attended by over 7,860 GPs from across the UK. Continual professional development allows GPs to stay up to date and maintain and improve their standards across all areas of their practice and career. It is important for doctors to update themselves not only on the evidence base, but also on opinion and consensus. Equally, they must be aware of the localised needs of their patients and community in which they work. The ultimate aim of continual professional development is to support doctors and improve the care they provide to patients through their own personal development.



BMI Healthcare organises an annual calendar of events focused on primary care professionals across the UK to enhance their understanding and facilitate learning between both GPs and medical consultants. “When organising GP focused events we always endeavour to work with our GP and primary care colleagues to facilitate training specific to their needs and requirements,” Consultant Cardiologist Dr Charles Knight at BMI Healthcare commented. “GPs are at the frontline of management for many conditions and are expected to diagnose and treat a wide range of medical conditions. Working with them and understanding what types of patients, conditions and issues they have in their practices allows us to advise what situations require onward referral to secondary care. This is vitally important for professionals in the primary and secondary care sectors but most crucially for patients themselves.” Dr Knight concluded.



BMI Healthcare organises a wide variety of training sessions for GPs, from lunchtime talks to specialist master classes. Recent examples of BMI Healthcare GP events include:



* BMI The London Independent Hospital: Cardiology Master Class: 179 GPS attended a cardiology master class at The Hilton in Canary Wharf and GPs were able to utilise the latest tablet technology to provide real time data driven feedback to the speakers.



* BMI The Garden Hospital: Ophthalmology Patient Diagnosis Workshop: 30 GPS attended a specialist diseased focused workshop in which real patients volunteered to aid in the investigation and diagnosis of some of the UKs leading eye diseases.



“The team at BMI Healthcare are serious about health and passionate about care and this is demonstrated through the quality of training we provide to our GP colleagues,” Heather Hancock, Primary Care Marketing Director at BMI Healthcare commented.” It is important to us to understand if the training we provide to our GP colleagues is relevant and of interest to them. All of the events we organise, from intimate one-on-one sessions to large scale conferences, are delivered through feedback and active participation from GPs. By working together we can help improve understanding and ultimately help speed up the time in which patients are diagnosed and treated. That is ultimately beneficial for all of us across the UK, regardless of whether we receive treatment privately or in the NHS.”


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