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Books and publications

Knowing yourself and relating to others

  • Balint M. The Doctor, His Patient and the Illness London: Pitman Medical Publishing, 1964
  • Bennet G. The Wound and the Doctor: healing, technology and power in modern medicine London: Secker and Warburg, 1987
  • Berger J. A Fortunate Man: the story of a country doctor London: RCGP, 2005 (reprint)
  • Howie JGR and the John Fry Fellowship 1999. Patient-centredness and the Politics of Change: a day in the life of academic practice London: The Nuffield Trust, 1999
  • Levenson R, Dewar S, Shepherd S. Understanding Doctors: harnessing professionalism London: Kings Fund, 2009
  • Mead N and Bower P. Patient-centredness: a conceptual framework and review of the empirical literature Social Science and Medicine 2000; 51: 1087–110
  • Neighbour R. The Inner Consultation Lancaster: MTP, 1987
  • 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
  • Seedhouse D. Ethics: the heart of health care (2nd edn) Wiley, 2002
  • Seedhouse D. Values-based Decision Making for Caring Professions Wiley, 2005
  • Stewart M, Brown JB, Weston WW, McWhinney IR, McWilliam CL, Freeman TR. Patient-centered Medicine: transforming the clinical method Oxford: Radcliffe Medical Press, 2003
  • Thistlethwaite J and Spencer J. Professionalism in Medicine Oxford: Radcliffe, 2008
  • Toon PD. What is Good General Practice? Occasional Paper 65. London: Royal College of General Practitioners, 1994

Applying clinical knowledge and skill

  • Ahlzén R, Evans M, Louhiala P, Puustinen R (eds). Medical Humanities Companion Volume Two: diagnosis  Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing, 2010
  • Dowie J and Elstein AS (eds). Professional Judgement: a reader in clinical decision-making Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991
  • Evans M, Ahlzén R, Heath I, MacNaughton J (eds). Medical Humanities Companion Volume One: symptom Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing, 2008
  • Greenhalgh T. How to Read a Paper: the basics of evidence-based medicine (4th edn) Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
  • Hannaford PC, Smith BH, Elliott AM. Primary care epidemiology: its scope and purpose Family Practice 2006;  23(1): 1–7
  • Hopcroft K and Forte V. Symptom Sorter Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing, 2010
  • Jones R, Britten N, Culpepper L, et al. (eds). Oxford Textbook of Primary Medical Care Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004
  • 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
  • Rakel RE. Textbook of Family Practice (6th edn) London: WB Saunders, 2001
  • Sackett DL, Hayes RB, Guyatt GH, Tugwell P. Clinical Epidemiology: a basic science for clinical medicine (2nd edn) Boston: Little, Brown, 1991
  • Schwartz A and Bergus G. Medical Decision Making: a physician's guide Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008
  • Straus SE, Richardson WS, Glasziou P, Haynes RB. Evidence-based Medicine: how to practise and teach EBM (4th edn) Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone, 2010. (Includes CD-ROM)
  • Thistlethwaite JE. Making and sharing decisions about management with patients: the views and experiences of pre-registration house officers in general practice and hospital Medical Education 2002; 36: 49–55
  • van Zwanenberg T and Harrison J (eds). Clinical Governance in Primary Care (2nd edn) Abingdon: Radcliffe Publishing, 2004
  • Willis J. The Paradox of Progress Abingdon:  Radcliffe Publishing, 1995

Managing complex and long-term care

  • Macleod U and Mitchell E. Co-morbidity in general practice (review) 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: 491–99
  • Saltman DC, Sayer G P, 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

Caring for the whole person and the wider community

  • Carlisle C, Donovan T, Mercer D (eds). Inter-professional Education: an agenda for healthcare professionals Salisbury: Quay Books, 2005
  • Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH). Closing the Gap in a Generation: health equity through action on the social determinants of health . Final Report of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health [PDF] Geneva: World Health Organization, 2008
  • Edlin G and Golanty E. Health and Wellness (10th edn) Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2010
  • General Medical Council. Good Medical Practice London: GMC UK, 2013
  • Glasby J and Dickinson H.  International Perspectives on Health and Social Care: partnership working in action Chichester: Wiley–Blackwell, 2009
  • Greenhalgh T and Eversley J. Quality in General Practice: towards a holistic approach London: King’s Fund, 1999
  • Gupta S. Effective GP Commissioning – Essential Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes: a practical guide Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing, 2011
  • Lindstrom B and Eriksson M. Contextualizing salutogenesis and Antonovsky in public health development Health Promotion International 2006; 21(3): 238-44
  • Longlett SK, Kruse JE, Wesley RM. Community-oriented primary care: critical assessment and implications for resident education Journal of the American Board of Family Practice 2001; 14: 141–7
  • Marmot report Fair Society Healthy Lives, 2010
  • Russell A. Lecture Notes: the social basis of medicine Wiley–Blackwell, 2009
  • Smeeth L and Heath I. Tackling health inequalities in primary care British Medical Journal 1999; 318: 1020–1

Working well in organisations and systems of care

  • Borg J. Persuasion: The Art of Influencing People; Prentice Hall, 2013
  • Bowie P, de Wet C. Safety and Improvement in Primary Care: The Essential Guide; Radcliffe Press, 2014
  • Boyett JH, Boyett JT. The Guru Guide: The Best Ideas of the Top Management Thinkers (Business); John Wiley & Sons, 2000
  • Christensen CM, Grossman JH, Hwang J. The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care; McGraw-Hill Professional, 2009
  • Clarke F, Slavin L. How to Manage Your GP Practice; BMJ Books, 2011
  • Hunter D (ed). Managing for Health; Routledge, 2007
  • MacKian S and Simons J (eds). Leading, Managing, Caring: Understanding Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care; Routledge, 2013
  • Rogers EM. Diffusion of Innovations; Free Press, 2003
  • Wattis J, Curran S. Practical Management and Leadership for Doctors; Radcliffe Publishing Ltd., 2011

Web resources

Department of Health

The Department of Health 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. 

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, 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)

Information, policy documents and advice for healthcare professionals.  Searching in this site will deliver the most up-to-date NICE guidance.

Royal College of General Practitioners

e-GP. eGP is an extremely valuable resource which 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.

eGP also contains further information on the core statement, ‘Being a General Practitioner’.

RCGP online courses and certifications
The RCGP’s Online Learning Environment contains a range of e-learning updates, courses and certifications for GPs, based on the RCGP curriculum. This includes the Personal Education Planning tool (PEP), an online AKT-style test which identifies your learning needs across the curriculum statements. 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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