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Supporting the Carers of People with Challenging Problems course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
20 minutes
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
RCGP, NHS Health Education England

Carers face a wide variety of challenging problems every day. This session focuses on just four problems that carers find difficult to cope with: behaviour problems; incontinence; communication problems; and their own sense of loss and grief.

This session was reviewed by Khyati Bakhai and last updated in November 2020.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Support carers through difficult challenges
  • Include carers as part of the multidisciplinary team and acknowledge and respond to their views
  • Use a problem-based approach to tailor support to the individuals concerned
  • Identify local health and social support services available and know how to signpost carers to these

Although carers can be any age, the peak age is 50-59 years and more than one-in-five people in their 50s are providing some unpaid care. Over-65s account for a third of those providing more than 50 hours care a week, and many have their own health problems too.

Instructors / Speakers
Chantal Simon,
General Practitioner. The Banks and Bearwood Medical Practices. Bournemouth

Chantal is a working GP at The Banks and Bearwood Medical Practices in Bournemouth and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. She has formal academic training with an MSc from Southampton University in Research in Health and a PhD exploring the effects of community support on the psychological health of informal carers.

Chantal has been involved with education since 1999 when she became the lead author and founder editor of the Oxford Handbook of General Practice, which is now in its fifth edition. In 2007 she founded the Royal College of General Practitioner's educational journal, InnovAiT, which she edited until 2017.

Chantal is also currently a Visiting Professor at the University of Westminster Centre for Resilience involved in research and educational activities promoting the wellbeing of healthcare professionals.

Supporting the Carers of People with Challenging Problems course for GPs
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