Substance Misuse and Associated Health

The RCGP Substance Misuse and Associated Health unit (SMAH) have a range of courses for GPs and the wider primary care team, empowering primary care health professionals to promote the wellbeing and recovery of individuals.

The course packages are also available to external course organisers for local delivery

Each course consists of an eLearning module followed by a face-to-face training day, facilitated by an approved RCGP trainer. Participants are awarded with a certificate upon successful completion of both the eLearning and face-to-face training.

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

These evidence-based courses:

  • equip doctors with knowledge and skills to match the competency framework in Delivering Quality Care for Drug and Alcohol Users: the Roles and Competencies of Doctors
  • follow the public health outcomes framework and public health improvement agenda
  • support two of the five priority areas for the Health Improvement Directorate of Public Health England (alcohol and drugs) 
  • encourage quality clinical leadership
  • provide practitioners with transferable skills; motivational interviewing, health behaviour change, managing conflict in consultations and patient safety including medicines management
  • ultimately encourage patients to keep themselves well, saving vital funds within health budgets

RCGP Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse Level 1

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

All delegates must complete the emodule "Drugs: Management of Drug Misuse (Level 1)" prior to attending the face to face training day.

The link to access the emodules remains www.elearning.rcgp.org.uk/drugmisuse

If delegates have any issues with access to the emodules they will need to contact

e-learning@rcgp.org.uk

Target audience

Primary care practitioners including GPs, nurses, pharmacists, drug workers or those wanting to understand the issues pertaining to assessment and treatment of drug misuse in primary care.

The free drugs 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 full certificate can be achieved by completing the elearning module and attending a face to face training day. The course is equivalent to 9 CPD hours.

It is advisable to complete the eLearning modules prior to the face-to-face training day as they include pre-course learning, which will ensure you get the most out of group discussions on the day.

Face to face 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.

Register now for a forthcoming face to face training day 

RCGP Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse Level 2

This course builds on the existing Part 1 certificate and  is aimed at those practitioners wishing to become GPs with a Special Clinical Interest or a Practitioner with Special Interest.

In order to fulfil the requirements of the criteria there will be an expectation that candidates will have completed the Part 1 certificate or equivalent training, recognised by the RCGP or sister organisations, or can demonstrate that they already have the generalist competencies.

By the end of the course candidates will have developed competencies relevant to and suitable for providing interventions at a primary care with a "special interest" level, as outlined in the Department of Health Clinical Guidelines Drug misuse and dependence UK guidelines on clinical management 2007 (DH 2007).

The newly acquired skills will provide candidates with sound lifelong learning habits by using research evidence to inform practice. 

This certificate course is run on an annual basis, from February to November. 

The application process for 2014 is now closed.

For more information contact us on drugspart2@rcgp.org.uk

RCGP Certificate in the Management of Alcohol Problems in Primary Care Level 1

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Improve your understanding of alcohol related problems and equip yourself with the skills and knowledge necessary to manage them.

Target audience

GPs and other healthcare professionals working in primary care GPs and other healthcare professionals working in primary care

The free alcohol eLearning module covers:

  • introduction and evidence-based lesson
  • identification and brief advice
  • medical aspects: physical health
  • medical aspects: mental health
  • dependency and medically assisted withdrawal
  • alcohol and the family
  • aftercare, recovery and relapse prevention.

The full certificate can be achieved by completing the eLearning module and attending a face-to-face training day.

It is advisable to complete the eLearning modules prior to the face to face training day as they include pre-course learning, which will ensure you get the most out of group discussions on the day.

The face to face training day covers:

  • alcohol as a drug
  • alcohol related harm
  • calculating consumption
  • screening tools
  • dependency and the diagnosis of alcohol misuse
  • physical and mental health
  • care planning
  • treatment of alcohol misuse
  • service design and local provision
  • medical assisted withdrawal and controlled reduction
  • relapse prevention
  • safeguarding, driving and vulnerable people.

Register now for a forthcoming face to face training day

To register your interest email: alcohol@rcgp.org.uk

RCGP Certificate in Harm Reduction; Health, Recovery and Wellbeing for People using Drugs

This certificate is now longer being run centrally by the college however is available as a resource.

If you would like to run a face to face training day in your region please contact Marianne Thompson at marianne.thompson@rcgp.org.uk

RCGP Certificate in the Detection, Diagnosis and Management of Hepatitis B and C in Primary Care Level 1

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The course consists of a compulsory free hepatitis eLearning module followed by a face-to-face training day.*

Register now for a forthcoming face to face training day

This evidence-based course:

  • supports the public health outcomes framework in Delivering Quality Care for Drug and Alcohol Users: the Roles and Competencies of Doctors
  • supports GPs, community healthcare, drug workers and HIV service providers in integrating hepatitis B and C prevention, care and treatment to their work
  • promotes inprovement of clinical outcomes and the reduction of morbidity and mortality due to hepatitis B and C infection by incorporating the recommendations in national guidance
  • promotes practice that increases identification of people at risk of hepatitis B and C
  • improves competency in the management of patients with hepatitis B and C infection
  • develops skills to support health behaviour change and enhances patient safety including medicines management
  • encourages quality clinical leadership
  • ultimately encourages patients to keep themselves well, saving vital funds within health budgets.

You will be awarded with a certificate upon successful completion of both the eLearning and face-to-face training and link it to CPD hours for appraisal and revalidation.

* It is advisable to complete the eLearning prior to the face-to-face training day as this includes pre-course learning which will ensure you get the most out of group discussions on the day.

Introductory Certificate in Sexual Health

Increase your confidence in raising sexual health in consultations.

Target audience

Generalist clinicians and practice nurses already working in general practice, trainee GP's and other allied professionals such as pharmacists.

The free sexual health eLearning:

  • supports primary care practitioners in understanding why sexual health is important in primary care
  • covers the range of contraception options
  • describes common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and related conditions that may present in general practice
  • describes options for appropriate management of STIs, including diagnosis and treatment within general practice and/or referral
  • increases awareness of population groups with particular needs in relation to sexual health and how these needs can be addressed
  • decribes signs and symptoms of HIV infection and risk factors for HIV infection.

The eLearning forms the first activity for the RCGP Introductory Certificate in Sexual Health but can also be completed as a stand alone course for your self-directed learning.

The full certificate can be achieved by completing the eLearning module and attending a face to face training day.

It is advisable to complete the eLearning modules prior to the face-to-face training day as they include pre-course learning, which will ensure you get the most out of group discussions on the day.

Face-to-face training day content includes:

  • sexual history taking
  • sexually transmitted infections and related conditions
  • contraception and abortion
  • HIV

Register now for a forthcoming face to face training day

Interested in running these courses in your local area?

The RCGP fully supports external course organisers to run these courses across the UK, enabling practitioners to access this vital training locally.

The RCGP provides course organisers with accredited, RCGP-branded course content and materials for local delivery followed by certification to participants who successfully complete the eLearning and face to face training.

Course organisers will need to:

  • ensure the course is delivered by an RCGP approved trainer, the RCGP will provide contact details of approved trainers in your area
  • complete a pre-event questionnaire, providing the RCGP with all necessary information to register the course
  • promote, host and deliver the course, covering all associated costs
    return course evaluation forms and participant details to RCGP.

Costs

Course organisers pay the RCGP a fee per participant, which covers all course materials and certification. The RCGP does not stipulate the attendance fee of local courses. It is advisable to complete the eLearning modules prior to the face-to-face training day as they include pre-course learning, which will ensure you get the most out of group discussions on the day. Course organisers pay the RCGP a fee per participant, which covers all course materials and certification.

Apply now or email us at smah@rcgp.org.uk for further information

Guidance for Substance Misuse Management

SMAH has worked with partners to produce and distribute guidance relating to key areas in substance misuse management and primary care. To purchase a hard copy of Guidance for the Use of Substitute Prescribing in the Treatment of Opioid Dependence in Primary Care, please visit the RCGP bookshop.

For all the latest information and news download the SMAH Newsletter [PDF]

July 2013

The RCGP and The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has launched a new e-learning programme called Addiction, misuse and dependency: A focus on over-the-counter and prescribed medicines.

It will help you identify groups of patients who could become dependent on medicines and recognise the treatment interventions that can be used.

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