Essentials Webinar Series REWIND

Essentials Webinar Series is a programme of 90-minute webinars providing expert specialist clinical training and essential information. These webinars were broadcast live and this REWIND page hosts the recordings and slides, which are available for delegates to access freely for six months from the webinar date.

Each recording is available free to those who registered for the live webinar, otherwise the prices are as below:

AiT rate: £15
Member rate: £20
Non-member rate: £30

Common oral health problems in GP

This recording will be available to view until 2 May 2022.

This session covered GP management of common oral health problems, looking at case studies of those we see in our surgeries. 

Topics covered:

1. Understanding what common oral health problems are seen in general practice

2. Understanding what oral health problems can be managed in general practice by doctors vs dentists

3. Understanding the legalities of managing oral health problems outside of our competencies. 


Neurology part 1: TIAs and Stroke Mimics

This recording will be available to view until 01 May 2022.

Join Dr Ezzat Awad, Consultant Neurologist as he presents case based discussions to raise the awareness about TIAs. You will be able to differentiate TIAs from other similar conditions that could be presented with similar symptoms. You will learn about the right referral pathways and red flags for suspecting TIA. 

Topics covered:

1. Be familiar with the different symptoms that could mimic TIAs or early stroke seizures 

2. Be able to differentiate between acute focal seizure, TIA, acute migraine variant or transient global amnesia


Cardiology part 1: Atrial Fibrillation

This recording will be available to view until 12 April 2022.

The presentation provided an overview of atrial fibrillation, including diagnosis, investigations, indications for referral, including for rhythm control, optimising stroke prevention and patient support.

Topics covered:

1.         strategies to help with case identification

2.         role of investigations in atrial fibrillation

3.         indications for rhythm control (including referral)

4.         optimising stroke prevention


Haematology part 3: Assessing platelets

This recording will be available to view until 11 April 2022.

This webinar is brought to you by the Essex Faculty and is open to all. Abnormal platelet count is a common occurrence in General Practice. It can often be frustrating for General Practitioners to manage abnormal platelets amidst polypharmacy and multi-morbidity. We will explore how to work through examples of abnormal platelets using case-based discussions to identify how to effectively investigate and manage patient outcomes.

Learning objectives:

1. Develop a systematic approach to assessing platelets

2. Clarity of when to refer for a specialist haematology opinion

3. Appreciate the importance of relevant clinical history and examination

4. Awareness of the limitations of interpreting platelets 

Gastro Part 2 : IBD: Safe steroids and patient-centred management

This recording will be available to view until 5 April 2022.

This three part series is presented by Beds and Herts Faculty, and is open to all.  Part two of the series will go through the management of acute flares of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBD), including when and what steroids to use, who to talk to if you're concerned or stuck, and how to support your patient cohort with patient-initiated management of mild-moderate flares of IBD. 


Topics covered:

1. Understand the pitfalls of steroid use.

2. How to use them safely and the alternatives.

3. How to support patients in the patient-centred management of their own diseases.     


     






Leukaemia part 2: chronic

This recording will be available to view until 29 March 2022.

This is the second in a two part series.

We will discuss the signs and symptoms - epidemiological characteristics and key clinical features of main chronic leukaemia types, emphasis on the difference between CML and CLL. Along with the Significance of early diagnosis and outcomes in chronic leukaemia, including the impact of COVID19 – patient and GP intervals.


Learning Objectives:

1. To give specific guidance on interpreting blood counts.

2.  To provide recommendations on the appropriate referral mechanism for the different suspected diagnoses.

3. To raise the index of suspicion for primary care workers for the signs and symptoms, especially when using telephone triage.

4. To improve communication and support offered to patients and their families by primary care, particularly for those after treatment or with chronic conditions.


Women's Health - Urinary problems in GP

This recording will be available to view until 27 March 2022.

This session covered GP management of urinary incontinence and recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI).

Learning Objectives:

1. Urinary incontinence - what we can offer these women in general practice.

2. Recurrent UTI - The likely causes and appropriate management in different age groups.


Webinar Chair: Dr Yasotha Browne, RCGP Wessex Faculty Education Lead

Webinar Speaker: Dr Helen Parkinson, GP with a special interest in women's health


Haematology part 2: Assessing white cells

This recording will be available to view until 23 March 2022.

This webinar is brought to you by the Essex Faculty and is open to all.

It can often be frustrating trying to manage an abnormal white cell count amidst polypharmacy and multi-morbidity. In this second session join Vijoy Chowdhury, Consultant Haematologist, and explore how to work through examples of abnormal results using case-based discussions to identify how to effectively investigate and manage patient outcomes. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Develop a systematic approach to assessing  neutrophils, lymphocytes, eosinophils and monocytes.  
  2. Clarity of when to refer for a specialist haematology opinion.
  3.  Appreciate the importance of relevant clinical history and examination.
  4. Awareness of the limitations of interpreting the test results.  
Webinar Chair: Dr Hammad Ahmed, GP and RCGP Essex Faculty Education Lead

Webinar Speaker: Dr Vijoy Chowdhury, Consultant Haematologist, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex 

Neurology part 1: Blackouts and Seizures

This recording will be available to view until 21 March 2022.

This webinar is brought to you by the Essex Faculty and is open to all.

Join Dr Ezzat Awad, Consultant Neurologist as he presents different clinical scenarios to update your knowledge and skills, and provide you with the best suitable evidenced-based treatment. You will be able to differentiate blackout from acute seizure and non-epileptic seizure, and familiarise yourself with cardiac syncope, epileptic seizure and vasovagal syncope. 

 Learning Objectives: 

  1. Be familiar with the different causes of blackouts and seizure.  
  2. Be able to collect a clear and succinct history for seizures and blackouts virtually
  3. Be aware around the significance of the red flag signs and how these might affect management.
  4. Be aware of indications for face-to-face assessment
  5. Be aware of management in primary care vs secondary 
  6. Be familiar of key assessment factors in monitoring patients with a recent history of a seizure or blackout.
Webinar Chair: Dr Hammad Ahmed, GP and RCGP Essex Faculty Education Lead

Webinar Speaker: Dr Ezzat Awad, Consultant Neurologist, Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex (Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust) 

Women's Health - Common gynae problems in GP

This recording will be available to view until 16 March 2022.

This session looked at cases of unscheduled bleeding, pelvic pain and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understanding the likely causes and management of unscheduled and problematic bleeding at different ages. How to feel more confident managing this common problem and knowing who can be reassured, who needs investigating and who needs a 2ww referral.  
  2. Understanding how to diagnose and manage pelvic pain in GP, including endometriosis.
  3. Understanding the role of the GP in long term management of women with PCOS? 

Webinar Chair: 
Dr Emma Salik, RCGP Beds and Herts Faculty Education Lead

Webinar Speaker: Dr Helen Parkinson, GP with a special interest in women's health


Leukaemia part 1: acute

This recording will be available to view until 15 March 2022.

Primary care health professionals play a crucial role in diagnosing blood cancer early. Patients often present with non-specific symptoms and different types of leukaemia have their own challenges in terms of diagnosis, treatment and holistic care needs. These, combined with the number of cases you may see in your professional life, mean that early diagnosis is challenging. There will be a practical focus with case studies and provision of top tips and safety netting advice.   

Learning Objectives:

  1. To give specific guidance on interpreting blood counts.
  2. To provide recommendations on the appropriate referral mechanism for the different suspected diagnoses.
  3. To raise the index of suspicion for primary care workers for the signs and symptoms, especially when using telephone triage.
  4. To improve communication and support offered to patients and their families by primary care, particularly for those after treatment or with chronic conditions.


Essentials Webinar Series | Assessment and management of autism in General Practice

This recording will be available to view until 9 March 2022.

Parents coming to GPs with worries around whether their child may be autistic are common in General Practice. There is probably increased awareness around autism amongst the public which requires us as GPs to be adept at navigating around the questions we receive around possible autism, its management and the support available in the community.

In this webinar, we will be looking at how we can deal with parents’ queries around a possible autism diagnosis; referral pathways; and what support there is out there for us as GPs, as well as for parents and children.


Learning objectives:

  1. How to assess for suspected autism in Primary Care
  2. Be better equipped in dealing with parents' queries around autism
  3. Understanding what happens once children are referred to secondary care for suspected autism
  4. Improve awareness of what services/support is available for autistic children and their families

Gastro 1: Pitfalls and Pearls of Diagnosis and Management of IBD

This recording will be available to view until 7 March 2022.

This three part series is presented by Beds and Herts Faculty, and is open to all. Part one of the series will take you on a tour of inflammatory bowel disease from pre-diagnosis, to the differing types of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBD) through to management and the complexity of holistic management of our IBD patients..

Topics covered:

1. Raise awareness of the possibility of IBD in your patient cohort.

2. What to do and who to turn to.

3. The therapeutic strategies your patients may be undergoing and the holistic management of patients with IBD.

4. Briefly go through local referral pathways.


Women's Health: Contraception - part 2

This recording will be available to view until 6 March 2022.

Brought to you by the RCGP Beds and Herts Faculty, this session covered emergency contraception and problematic bleeding that women can experience on hormonal contraception. We looked at where to access UKMEC and how to apply the criteria in practice.

Topics covered: 

1. How to work out if a woman needs emergency contraception and if she does which, if any, method is appropriate.

2. How to manage problematic bleeding on different hormonal contraception.

3. What the UKMEC are and how to apply the criteria to women’s contraceptive choices.



Women's Health: Contraception - part 1

This recording will be available to view until 26 February 2022.

Brought to you by the RCGP Beds and Herts Faculty, this session covered contraceptive choices for particular groups of women. We looked at guidance for women we regularly see in our surgeries.

Learning objectives:

1. Which methods can be safely started and when after pregnancy including post termination

2. How to feel confident assessing young women (including under 16) who request contraception and understand which methods you can offer

3. Which methods can be offered to women in the peri-menopause

4. Understanding the possible effects of obesity on efficacy and safety of different contraceptive methods



Women's Health - HRT: Top tips for GPs

This recording will be available to view until 10 February 2022.

Brought to you by the RCGP Beds and Herts Faculty, this open-to-all session will give a summary of good HRT prescribing practice for GPs, with case studies to illustrate common scenarios we see in our surgeries. There will be lots of opportunity for questions. 

Learning objectives: 

By the end of the session you will

1. Understand which HRT should be used for which woman

2. Feel confident doing a risk assessment before starting a woman on HRT and discussing that risk with her

3. Know how to monitor a woman on HRT and when and how to stop.

4. Understand which women need contraception in addition to their HRT and which methods she could safely use.

Persistent physical symptoms  beyond MUS part 2

This recording will be available to view until 5 February 2022.

This is the second in a two part series.

In this second session we will focus on applying the knowledge gained in the first webinar in your GP consultations.  It will look at explaining persistent symptoms, anticipating and handling negative tests, and promoting patients’ self-management.

Learning objectives:

1. Recognise that persistent physical symptoms can be understood and explained in ways that patients find helpful (and which go beyond MUS)

2. Understand components of an interoception-focused model of symptoms

3. Acquire new clinical skills or techniques for eliciting features of functional disorders

4. Be able to discuss the pros and cons of diagnostic labels

5. Understand the types and components of effective explanations




Persistent physical symptoms beyond MUS part 1

This recording will be available to view until 29 January 2022.

This is the first in a two part series.

Physical symptoms which cannot be fully explained by biomedical abnormalities are a core component of general practice. These symptoms can come in isolation or in clusters and syndromes. 

In the first of the two webinars in this series, we will summarise recent knowledge about persistent physical symptoms from a range of perspectives. The aim will be to demonstrate that these disorders need not be “medically unexplained” and to provide GPs with knowledge that is clinically relevant.

Learning objectives:

1. Recognise that persistent physical symptoms can be understood and explained in ways that patients find helpful

2. Understand components of an interoception-focused model of symptoms

3. Acquire new clinical skills or techniques for eliciting features of functional disorders

4. Be able to discuss the pros and cons of diagnostic labels

Haematology - part 1: assessing haemaglobin

This recording will be available to view until 12 January 2022.

Having an abnormal haemoglobin result is a common occurrence in General Practice. It can often be frustrating trying to manage an abnormal haemoglobin amidst polypharmacy and multi-morbidity. 

This webinar explores how to work through examples of abnormal haemoglobin results with multiple factors through case-based discussions to identify how to effectively investigate and manage patient outcomes. 

Learning objectives:

  1. Developing a structure to assessing anaemia in the context of low, normal or high MCV.
     
  2. Improving familiarity with polycythemia and possible causes. 

  3. Being confident in when to refer and the purpose you will be referring for. 

  4. How to become accustomed to red flags to ensure safe practice


Managing hair loss in primary care

This recording will be available to view until 30 December 2021.

Hair loss is a common presenting problem in primary care. Establishing the cause and treatment of hair loss can sometimes be challenging and it can have a significant impact on patients’ quality of life and psychological well-being.

A consultation for hair loss can take a considerable amount of time as there are several types of alopecia, which can be classified by underlying pathological mechanisms and the possibility of regrowth. Identifying the mechanism can guide possible therapeutic options. 

Learning objectives:

  1. How to take a focused history consisting of the nature of the hair loss, the patient’s medical history including medications and/or supplements, hair styling practices, and family history.
  2. Hair cycle 
  3. Examination of the scalp and performing a hair pull test
  4. Scarring v non scarring hair loss
  5. When to treat and when to refer 

This webinar was sponsored by: 

Management of sexual pain disorders in women

This recording will be available to view until 29 December 2021.

Sexual pain disorders affect 7.4% of women with treble the prevalence in under 25's and over 45's but their management is historically poorly taught and therefore, poorly managed.

Dr Leila Frodsham, Consultant Gynaecologist and Psychosexual Lead at Guy's and St Thomas's, will guide you from consulting skills through to management of this highly distressing condition. This webinar is brought to you by the South East Thames Faculty but is open-to-all.

Learning objectives:

  1. Improved sexual consultation skills
  2. Managing Vulvodynia and sexual pain disorders
  3. Managing Anorgasmia
  4. Managing sexual difficulties in menopause
  5. Managing male sexual difficulties


Practising remote foot and ankle assessment

This recording will be available to view until 24 December 2021.

This webinar provided tips on how to approach managing foot and ankle conditions remotely. The lockdown has fundamentally changed how GPs and Orthopaedic surgeons consult. Orthopaedic services are a hands-on speciality but basing decisions on remote consultations alone can be difficult. 

Learning objectives:

  1. A basic foot mechanics refresher 
  2. Assessing patients remotely – tips to gain the best assessment and which investigations to use and when
  3. The current management of patients and appropriate referrals
  4. How long to treat – when to review and step-down or stop treatment. 
  5. What to do about patients whose symptoms don’t respond.
  6. Identification of red flag symptoms – those that definitely need a referral, and those that can be managed in primary care.

Recognition and management of eating disorders

This recording will be available to view until 22 December 2021.

Eating Disorders have the highest mortality rate of any other mental illness. The prevalence of anorexia nervosa is estimated to be up to 1.7% in adolescence. In this webinar we focused on recognition, risk assessment and medical management of patients with eating disorders, specifically with severe anorexia nervosa.

Learning objectives:

  1. Recognition and assessment of eating disorders, in particular anorexia and bulimia
  2. Most frequent comorbidities 
  3. Medical risk assessment and management (including physical examination, bloods, ECG, supplements when and where to refer)
  4. Prevention, assessment and management of medical complications, including osteoporosis, refeeding syndrome and Wernicke encephalopathy
  5. Guidance on remote consultations

How to diagnose and manage headaches in 10 minutes

This recording will be available to view until 14 December 2021.

In this webinar we focused on diagnosing and managing headaches within the constraints of a 10 minute consultation. Using two cases: a simple headache presentation where the diagnosis is not clear; and a complex presentation of migraine.

Learning objectives:

  1.  Knowing when to press the red button (do something right now).
  2.  Knowing when to press the orange button (do something soon).
  3.  More confidence in the management of the green button (a primary headache) 
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