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Community Orientation 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

GPs have an increasing role in planning and delivering healthcare. This session considers the learning outcomes described in the Community Orientation domain of the RCGP core curriculum and explores how to apply these to everyday situations. This session was reviewed by Suchita Shah and last updated in August 2014.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the Community Orientation domain of the Royal College of General Practitioners' curriculum and the learning outcomes it contains
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how health and social care interact in patient care
  • Describe how the needs of an individual patient may conflict with those of the wider community
  • Explain how inequalities in healthcare provision impacts on your work as a general practitioner

Community orientation introduces the concept of bearing some responsibility not only for the patient in front of you, and their family, but for the wider community in which you work as a GP, and the NHS as a whole. How healthcare is provided and rationed may put the wants of an individual in conflict with the needs of the wider community.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • Complete session Introduction and Overview
Instructors / Speakers
Justin Allen,
Retired GP

Professor Justin Allen worked as a GP in Leicestershire from 1973 to 2003, and as a GP trainer and course organiser. He was appointed GP Postgraduate Dean from 2001 to 2006. 

He is a past President of EURACT (European Academy of Teachers in General Practice) and was one of the lead authors of the European Definition of General Practice/Family Medicine, from which the RCGP curriculum domains were derived. 

He is the guardian and one of the authors of Statement 1 – “Being a General Practitioner”.

Community Orientation course for GPs
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