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Closing the Consultation course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
30 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Royal College of General Practitioners

This session explores the ways in which GPs effectively and appropriately close the consultation. This session was reviewed by Suchita Shah and last updated in January 2015.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Discuss why closing a consultation depends on the successful deployment of consultation skills throughout the consultation
  • Explain why agreeing the agenda, active listening, summarising, shared decision making, handing over and safety netting tend to bring consultations to a satisfactory close
  • Describe the reasons why a patient may be reluctant to leave the consultation
  • Describe techniques that help bring the consultation to a close

Ideally, consultations are closed only when the patient’s (and doctor’s) agendas are adequately addressed. This means that closing a consultation depends on the successful deployment of consultation skills throughout the consultation.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • Have at least three months experience of working in general practise
  • Have completed sessions GPS_2-2_001 to GPS_2-2_007
Instructors / Speakers
Adam Fraser,

Adam Fraser was an academic registrar and subsequently a clinical tutor in communication skills at the University of Birmingham. He was the registrar representative on the RCGP curriculum development group, which produced the new curriculum for GP training. He has worked as a Programme Director for the West Midlands Deanery, a continuous professional development tutor for the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority and a GP principal in inner city Birmingham.

He was the original author of the curriculum statements on the GP consultation, men’s health, cardiovascular problems, digestive problems, ENT and facial problems, metabolic problems, respiratory problems and rheumatology and conditions of the musculoskeletal system. He was the RCGP curriculum guardian of the GP consultation curriculum statement from 2005 to 2014, and was co-editor of the GP consultation module of the e-GP programme with Roger Neighbour.

Adam now works as a GP principal and GP trainer at the Bridges Medical Practice in Weymouth. He is a Programme Director for the Dorset patch of Health Education Wessex and teaches on the Bournemouth day release course. His interests include GP training, communication skills and therapeutic consulting.

Closing the Consultation course for GPs
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