Our teaching sessions for GPs offers expert advice on anti-depressant prescribing and consultations with young people experiencing mental health issues.
We hope you find them useful.
Expert advice on GP consultations with young people experiencing mental health issues
Teaching session 1
In this 20-minute video, practising psychiatrist and GP trainer, Dr Maryanne Freer, helps GPS:
- decide, in the first consultation, whether or not a young person has a mental health problem
- provide some immediate help to young people and their families whilst they are waiting to be seen by a specialist
- offer some simple and immediate options, including practical self-help based on CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy
Expert advice for GPs on prescribing antidepressants
Teaching session 2
In this 20-minute video, leading expert Prof Hamish McAllister-Williams gives practical, clinical guidance on how to optimise the use of antidepressants in primary care, including:
- when antidepressants might be indicated
- initiating treatment
- using a treatment algorithm
- monitoring response and adjusting medication
- long term treatment and discontinuation
Recommended eLearning for GPs
We have developed some eLearning sessions and have provided links to sessions that are appropriate for healthcare professionals working in primary care.
We have divided them into those most applicable to GPs and those for nurses, healthcare assistants and allied healthcare professionals.
The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) offer mental health courses and essential knowledge updates (EKU) for their members.
Mental health courses
- Autistic Spectrum Conditions
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Consultation with young people with mental health problems: a practical guide
- Eating Disorder
- Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)
- Mental health and suicide prevention
- Suicide Prevention
Essential Knowledge Update covers new and changing knowledge relevant to daily general practice in the UK.
- EKU2019.2: Decision-making and mental capacity
- EKU2019.2: Post-traumatic stress disorder
- EKU2018.1: Eating disorders: recognition and treatment
- EKU2017.1: Dementia: supporting people with dementia and their carers
- EKU16: Classification, assessment, prevalence, effect and treatment of personality disorder
- EKU15: Bipolar disorder: the assessment and management of bipolar disorder in adults, children and young people
- EKU13: Social anxiety disorder: recognition, assessment and treatment
- EKU8: Generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder in adults
- EKU8: The Treatment of patients with medically unexplained symptoms
- EKU7: Delirium: diagnosis, prevention and management
- EKU7: Self-harm, suicide and risk: helping people who self-harm
- EKU6: Subjective memory problems
- EKU5: Treatment and management of depression in adults
- EKU4: Core interventions in the treatment and management of schizophrenia
- EKU1: Mental Health Act 1983 and 2007 (England and Wales)
EKU Hot Topics, Podcasts and Screencasts
The EKU Hot Topics offer users a concise synopsis of an article or guideline that has been recently published and has an immediate impact on general practice. Each Hot Topic is linked to the original source document for further reading and are available for free to all users.
- EKU Hot Topic: Mirtazapine added to SSRIs or SNRIs for treatment resistant depression in primary care
- EKU Hot Topic: Risk of relapse after antidepressant discontinuation in anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder
- EKU Hot Topic: Consultation liaison in primary care for people with mental disorders
- EKU Podcast: Assessment and management of bipolar disorder
- EKU Podcast: Treatment of patients with medically unexplained symptoms
Recommended eLearning for nurses, healthcare assistants and allied healthcare professionals
Included in the programme for nurses, healthcare assistants and allied healthcare professionals are seven eLearning units. Anyone with an NHS email can access these by registering with Health Education England’s eLearning for Healthcare (e-LfH).
After logging in, select ‘Mental Health Awareness Programme (MHP)’ then select ‘Practice Nurses’.
The units are:
- Managing alcohol in primary care
- Managing drug misuse in primary care
- Medication for mental health problems in primary care – part one
- Medication for mental health problems in primary care – part two
- Your patient’s journey
- Care planning
- Specific mental health conditions
Also available on the e-LfH website:
Mental health in primary care
After logging on, search ‘MSK in primary care’, then click on ‘MSK Primary Care (MSK)’, then click on the third option: ‘Mental health in primary care’.
Physical health in severe mental illness
The Royal College of Nursing’s Mental Health forum steering group collaborated with the Charlie Waller Trust to create this resource for nurses - access here
Resources for primary care
Our toolkits and guides
Taking care of your mental health: Looking after your own wellbeing as a health professional
Looking after your mental wellbeing: A guide for Occupational Health Practitioners
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