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Running Late Again 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 aims to explore the determinants of consultation length and what it means to consult efficiently. This session was reviewed by Jenny Bedford and last updated in October 2014.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the determinants of consultation length, including doctor, patient and organisational factors
  • Explain why clinical efficiency is independent of consultation length
  • Demonstrate techniques to limit consultation length when appropriate
  • Recognise, monitor and manage the effects of running late on job satisfaction, stress levels, unequal workloads and burnout

The personal costs and benefits of spending additional time with patients are outlined in the hope that this will enable you to decide how you would like to spend your working day as a GP.

Entry Requirements / Prerequisites

Before commencing this session you should:

  • Have three months experience of working in general practice before commencing this session
  • Complete the preceding sessions in the Practical Consulting module
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.

Running Late Again course for GPs
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