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Learn about dementia at the touch of a button with e-GP

admin, 16 February 2010
Learn about dementia at the touch of a button with e-GP

Two new e-learning sessions covering memory loss in older people and dementia are now available to all primary care professionals via e-GP, e-Learning for General Practice.

The two sessions, Memory Problems in Older People and Care of People with Dementia are the latest additions to e-GP, a comprehensive programme of e-learning modules relevant to UK general practice. Written by experienced clinicians, the e-learning uses case studies, animation and interactive exercises. Each session takes around 20 minutes to complete.

  • Memory Problems in Older People looks at how to assess memory problems and the differential diagnoses. The session also advises learners on how to investigate memory problems and understand the role of memory enhancing medication.
  • Care of People with Dementia recognises the impact of dementia on the health of the nation. The session describes the issues particular to the management of people from driving to end of life care. The session also provides guidance on the use of major tranquilisers for patients with advanced dementia.

The release of these two new sessions coincides with the first anniversary of the National Dementia Strategy. Launched in February 2009 the first ever National Dementia Strategy set out initiatives designed to increase awareness of dementia, ensure early diagnosis and intervention, and radically improve the quality of care that people with the condition receive.

Dr Ben Riley, Project Clinical Lead for e-GP said, ‘The UK has an ageing population and, going forward, the care of older people will make up a higher proportion of the general practitioner’s workload. Caring for older people presents certain challenges and, in general practice, we have an important role to play in helping to improve the care of older people.

‘These new e-GP sessions tackle some of the key issues that primary care professionals face when dealing with dementia and memory loss. The content has been written by subject specialists so learners can be confident they are benefiting from quality assured e-learning and the easy to use sessions can be easily fitted around busy working schedules.’

e-GP has been developed by the Royal College of General Practitioners in partnership with e-Learning for Healthcare and is suitable for doctors in specialty training for general practice, general practitioners, and general practice nurses and practice managers. It now offers over 200 sessions covering a broad range of topics from child and adolescent health, safeguarding children and young people, evidence-based practice, women’s health, sexual health, musculoskeletal problems and learning disabilities.

For further information and details on how to access the e-learning visit www.e-GP.org.

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