Part Two Course Overview

Part Two Course Overview

Available to people who have completed the RCGP Part One Certificate (or an approved equivalent) this is an in depth course delivered over six months which uses tutor led small groups to encourage self -directed learning and change in practice in the field of care for people affected by drug use. The newly revised course focuses on a holistic approach to helping people who use drugs, their families and communities and reflects the changing picture of problem drug use in Scotland including new priorities and changes in management and treatment. The ethos of the course is to promote reducing harm and drug deaths within a recovery focused framework.

Course Requirements: 

The course is equivalent to 55 hours of CPD over six months including attendance on online sessions and tutor led sessions as well as self-directed learning and Quality Improvement activities. The course is assessed by submission of a portfolio of evidence and discussion about this with the personal tutor. The Certificate is awarded when this submission is assessed by the examination panel.

Delegate Fee:

The course costs £200 payable after successful application.

How to apply:

Applications are closed for the 2021 cohort. 

To register your interest for the 2022 cohort please contact


The key aims of the Certificate course are to: -

• Enable practitioners to develop competencies relevant to and suitable for safe and effective care for people who use drugs at special interest level, as outlined below and in the UK Clinical Guidelines 2017.
• Encourage sound lifelong learning habits, equipping candidates with a framework to use the research evidence to inform their practice, to encourage them to question and review their practice.
• Develop practitioners with special clinical interest who can support colleagues in the care of drug users and actively work to improve the care offered in their workplace. 
• Develop practitioners who are able to assess and manage drug related problems including co-ordinating the management of multiple comorbid problems that may present.
• Improve confidence in each participating practitioner’s ability to communicate with and work in wider multi-disciplinary teams that are helping people who use drugs 
• Improve the confidence and skills of practitioners in working collaboratively with people who use drugs and their families.
• Meet the needs of different groups of professionals involved in the management of drug users in primary care, and the needs of service users wishing to develop their knowledge and skills.
• Develop a multidisciplinary package to reflect current service requirements and current national priorities including drug death prevention, harm reduction and reducing stigma.
• Equip practitioners with confidence to use their knowledge and expertise to facilitate local training and education sessions that support the CPD for a range of professional groups whose role involves caring for substance misusers.

Course Timetable 

Key Dates


Work to be completed

Approx. time


End of April

Receive course materials

  • Familiarise yourself with the learning materials, course structure and assessment process.
  • Preparatory reading for NTD

3 hours



National Training Days

  • Participation at two events on-line
  • Meet and work with your tutor and group

6 hours


Preparation for Tutor Led Sessions

  • Preparatory reading
  • Submission of Discursive Essay to tutor (prior to Tutor Led Session 2)
  • In-depth review of one area of UK Clinical Guidelines 2017 and relevant research paper – prepare presentation
  • Begin Completion of Assessment Folder/Professional Development Plan (PDP)

6 hours

Arranged by individual Tutors

Tutor Led Sessions

1 and 2

  • Prescribing and Social/Family
  • Presentations on Research Papers
  • Discussions based on case studies
  • Preparation for course assignments

6 hours

July - September

Course assignments

  • Field Visit (virtual)
  • Continuing completion of Assessment Folder including Service User Engagement, Drug Death Prevention and Prescribing Activity
  • Prepare and implement QI change project
  • Patient logbook
  • Structured reading in preparation for TLS 3 and 4

25 hours

Arranged by individual Tutors

Tutor Led Sessions 3 and 4

  • Preventing Drug Deaths and QI Activity
  • Presentations on Research Papers (TLS3)
  • Poster presentation to group on QI projects (TLS4)
  • Discussion based on case studies

6 hours

Late September

Assessment process

  • Continue completion of Assessment Folder/ PDP, logbook and assessment report for submission to tutor
  • Assessment viva with tutor and signing off assessment report
  • Submission of Assessment Folder by candidate, to reach RCGP Scotland by specified date (candidates will be informed of date nearer to the time)

3 hours

Before 31 October

Final Assessment board

  • Assessment Board meeting – candidates will be advised if any remedial work is necessary.

Total commitment:

55 hours 


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