Useful learning resources

Books and publications

Knowing yourself and relating to others

  • Balint M. The Doctor, His Patient and the Illness London: Pitman Medical Publishing, 1964
  • Berger J. A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor. London: RCGP, 2005 (reprint)
  • Health Foundation publications by A Coulter on shared decision-making
  • Launer J. Narrative-based Primary Care: A Practical Guide. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press, 2002
  • Neighbour R. The Inner Consultation. Lancaster: MTP, 2015
  • Papanikitas A, Spicer J. Handbook of Primary Care Ethics, 1st edn. London: CRC Press, 2018
  • Royal College of Physicians. Doctors in Society: Medical Professionalism in a Changing World. Report of a Working Party of the Royal College of Physicians of London.
    London: RCP, 2005
  • Stewart M, Brown JB, Weston WW, et al. Patient-centered Medicine: Transforming the Clinical Method. Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press, 2003

Applying clinical knowledge and skill

  • Dowie J, Elstein AS (eds). Professional Judgement: A Reader in Clinical Decision-making. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991
  • Greenhalgh T. How to Read a Paper: The Basics of Evidence-based Medicine, 6th edn. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2019
  • McWhinney IR. A Textbook of Family Medicine, 3rd edn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009
  • Montgomery K. How Doctors Think: Clinical Judgment and the Practice of Medicine. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005
  • Schwartz A, Bergus G. Medical Decision Making: A Physician’s Guide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008
  • Simon C, Everitt H, van Dorp F. Oxford Handbook of General Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009
  • Straus SE, Richardson WS, Glasziou P, Haynes RB. Evidence-based Medicine: How to Practise and Teach EBM, 5th edn. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2018.
  • van Zwanenberg T, Harrison J (eds). Clinical Governance in Primary Care, 2nd edn. Abingdon: Radcliffe Publishing, 2004.

Managing complex and long-term care

  • Macleod U, Mitchell E. Co-morbidity in general practice. Practitioner 2005; 249(1669): 282–4
  • Mitchell A, Malone D, Doebbeling CC. Quality of medical care for people with and without co-morbid mental illness and substance misuse: systematic review of comparative studies. British Journal of Psychiatry 2009; 194: 491–9
  • Saltman DC, Sayer GP, Whicker SD. Co-morbidity in general practice. Postgraduate Medical Journal 2005; 81: 474–80
  • Starfield B, Lemke KW, Bernhardt T, et al. Co-morbidity: implications for the importance of primary care in 'case' management. Annals of Family Medicine 2003; 1: 8–14

Working well in organisations and systems of care

  • Borg J. Persuasion: The Art of Influencing People, 4th edn. Harlow: Pearson Education, 2013
  • Bowie P, de Wet C. Safety and Improvement in Primary Care: The Essential Guide. London: Radcliffe Publishing, 2014

Caring for the whole person and the wider community


Web resources

Department of Health and Social Care

The Department of Health and Social Care website is constantly being updated with policy publications, consultations, guidance documents and research reports, as well as bulletins, speeches and press releases. The website also has pages dedicated to primary care.

e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH)

e-LfH is an extremely valuable resource that provides a free programme of eLearning courses covering many parts of the RCGP curriculum. Each course derives from one of the curriculum statements and consists of practical and interactive eLearning sessions that will enhance your GP training and help with preparation for MRCGP assessments and NHS appraisals, as well as supporting your self-directed and reflective learning.

Each of the eLearning sessions relates to a curriculum statement and completed sessions are automatically logged in the Trainee ePortfolio. 

NHS Evidence

NHS Evidence is a service that enables access to authoritative clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice through a web-based portal. It aims to help people from across the NHS and public health and social care sectors make better decisions by providing them with easy access to high-quality evidence-based information. NHS Evidence is managed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Topic areas – identified by practitioners – bring together the latest guidelines, high-quality patient information, ongoing trials and other selected information. NHS Evidence also provides access to new NICE Pathways, which will allow users to easily navigate NICE guidance.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

NICE provides information, policy documents and advice for healthcare professionals. 

RCGP online courses and certifications

RCGP eLearning contains a range of online updates, courses and certifications for GPs based on the RCGP curriculum. This includes self-assessment tools to help you identify your learning needs across the curriculum. The site also contains the Essential Knowledge Updates and Challenges, which cover new and changing knowledge of relevance to general practice. The online courses and certifications go into more depth in a range of primary care topics. 


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