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Group Consultations: Delivering Shared Medical Appointments by a Clinician in a Supportive Peer Group Setting

Friday 28 June 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Group Consultations: Delivering Shared Medical Appointments by a Clinician in a Supportive Peer Group Setting
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“Group consultations have significant potential for delivering system-wide benefits across the NHS” Future Healthcare Journal January  2019 Vol 6, No 1: 1–9  Tania Jones , A,B Ara Darzi , C Garry Egger , D Jeannette Ickovics , E,F Ed Noffsinger , G Kamalini Ramdas , H John Stevens , I Marianne Sumego J and Fraser Birrell

Group Consultations, also known as shared medical appointments or group clinics, are one to one medical appointments delivered by a clinician within a group setting. They are one of the 10 National High Impact Actions in the GP Forward View. They can improve outcomes for patients with long term conditions as well as delivering an efficient approach to improving patient access and care.

“This High Impact Action suggests that a variety of consultation methods, such as telephone, email, video calls and group consultations, have the potential to reduce clinical contact time, as well as offering benefits to patients.” Royal College of General Practitioners 2018

The conference will provide a practical guide to implementing group consultations in practice from planning to measurement of patient outcomes. Through national updates, extended sessions and practical case studies from experienced clinicians who have implemented group consultations in practice, the conference will support you to understand how shared medical appointments can improve practice for your patients, and for you as a clinician.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to implement group consultations
  • Learn from established practice in the use of group consultations to improve patient outcomes
  • Reflect on national developments and learning
  • Understand which patients could benefit from shared medical appointments
  • Develop your skills in setting up and running a group consultation
  • Understand the practicalities including ensuring patient confidentiality in a group setting, and time for 1:1 care when needed
  • Identify key strategies for Group consultations replacing routine one-to-one appointments
  • Learn from case studies in diabetes, cancer, dementia and stroke
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

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