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RCGP Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse

Supports practitioners who want to become more confident in assessing and managing the drug using patient.

This course consists of a compulsory elearning module followed by a training day. Participants are awarded with a certificate upon successful completion of both the elearning and training.

The course can be linked to CPD hours for appraisal and revalidation.

Target audience

GPs with a special interest in substance misuse, drug workers, those involved in needle exchange and harm reduction services, commissioners, public health practitioners, community based practitioners, pharmacists, health practitioners working in secure environments and service users.

eLearning module

Upcoming training days

The RCGP Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse Part 1 course is now managed by Spectrum Community Health CIC through its new training arm: Spectrum Learn & Develop Ltd (SLD).

For more information and to book on a course (after 22 November 2018) see the Spectrum Learn & Develop website.

Tel: 01924 311 405
Email: Drugspart1@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk


Training days

We advise you complete the elearning module before the training day, because it includes pre course learning which will ensure you get the most out of group discussions on the day.

Training day content covers:

  • evidence-based good practice in the treatment of drug using patients
  • National Clinical Guidelines and the policies and guidance to PCTs in relation to quality care through enhanced services
  • the benefits of working effectively with others in a multi disciplinary context and the roles of other professional disciplines
  • harm reduction strategies
  • equal opportunity issues related to the treatment of drug using patients in general practice.

Participants will be made aware of their individual learning needs in the recognition of substance misuse issues in general practice as well as exploring the range of treatment options and discussing strategies for overcoming the barriers to drug using patients accessing treatment.

Case studies include:

  • an assessment of need in relation to a drug using patient
  • implementing a process of initiating a drug using patient on to medication prescribed for the purposes of treating substance misuse.

In order to complete and receive the Part 1 Certificate, candidates are required to attend a training day and complete one elearning module within a six month period.

Candidates must achieve over 70% in the online assessment to pass the module. A total of nine accredited learning hours are available for the Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse Level 1.

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The elearning module covers:

  • evidence based management of substance misuse
  • risks associated with poly drug use
  • screening and assessment in primary care
  • prescribing treatments opioid users
  • social context
  • older drug users.

The elearning module Drugs: Management of Drug Misuse Level 1 is equivalent to 3 CPD hours.

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RCGP Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse Part 1

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RCGP Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse Part 1

Start date22/11/2018
Duration7 hours 30 minutes

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