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The Role of the GP in Caring for Older People course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
20 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
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Caring for older people is complicated by the challenges of multiple conditions, poor communication and atypical presentations. This session highlights these difficulties and aims to provide practical solutions to use in the GP surgery. This session was reviewed by Jenny Bedford and last updated in November 2014.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the challenges associated with caring for older people; managing multiple conditions, poor communication and atypical presentations
  • Explain the importance of holistic, patient-centred and problem-oriented care for older people
  • Summarise why a multidisciplinary approach to the care of older people is essential
  • Describe the issues around continuity of care and its importance in the care of older people

An ageing population will bring increased demands on primary care; it is important that as a GP you have strategies in place for effective care of this important sector of the population.

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.

The Role of the GP in Caring for Older People course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Agedcare, Geriatric Health (Aged Care and Continence )
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
20 minutes
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