SMMGP - Supporting good practice in drug and alcohol treatment

Supporting good practice in drug and alcohol treatment

RCGP Area

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

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Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse - Part One

This is an RCGP Accredited course endorsed by the National Treatment Agency (NTA) (The NTA has become part of Public Health England, an executive agency of the Department of Health) and is ideal for practitioners working at a generalist level, as part of a shared care scheme especially those intending to provide treatment to drug users as part of a locally or nationally enhanced scheme (L/NES) or equivalent drug treatment contracts in primary/shared care and secondary settings. This course is mapped to the Drug and Alcohol National Standards (DANOS) and is delivered in 2 stages.

In order to complete and receive the Part 1 Certificate candidates are required to attend a Face to Face event and complete one e-learning module within a six month period. The e-module "Drugs: Management of Drug Misuse (Level 1)" is equivalent to 3 CPD hours and is accessible at www.elearning.rcgp.org.uk. Candidates must achieve over 70% in the online assessment to pass the module.

The total accredited number of learning hours for the Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse - Part 1 is nine (9).

Information about Face-2-Face events and how to organize your own events locally are available on the RCGP website, or contact Lorna Boothe at lboothe@rcgp.org.uk.

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Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse - Part Two

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.

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 course is the equivalent to nine days study, spread over six months with three mandatory study days to attend and a portfolio of self directed study. Students have to submit their portfolio of work to the RCGP SMAH Assessment Board at the end of the course in order to be awarded the Part 2.

The course costs £1,500

In order to be eligible for the Part 2 all candidates will need to complete both sections of the Part 1 Certificate (e-module(s) and attendance at an approved face-to-face training day) prior to the start of the Part 2 course. If you have not yet completed the Part 1 the next course with places available will be held on Tuesday 13 January 2015. Please visit the RCGP website for application form.

Applications for 2015 now closed.

Please download the following application pack below:

Please ensure that you read and understand all the documents and if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your support to the programme.

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

This RCGP Accredited course is targeted at GPs and other Healthcare Professionals in Primary Care and aims to improve understanding of alcohol problems and equip participants with the skills and knowledge necessary to manage them.

The course consists of RCGP e-Learning Module "Alcohol: Management in Primary Care", which can be accessed via a quick link at www.elearning.rcgp.org.uk, followed by attendance at a one-day National or Local Face to Face Event.

The Face to Face day learning objectives are to:

The course is £250 for a National Face to Face day, and a minimum of £150 if you are running your own local event.

To register for a National Face to Face Day, or to find out more about running your own local event please visit the RCGP Substance Misuse and Associated Health web page or contact Miranda Po via alcohol@rcgp.org.uk.

Please check the Courses & Events page for details of forthcoming training days.

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

Hepatitis B and C are important causes of morbidity and mortality, but although there are NICE approved treatments, large numbers of people are still not being diagnosed.

The Certificate will help you become confident in detecting, diagnosing and managing patients with Hepatitis B and C, as well as familiarising you with the available treatments and referral pathways.

The Certificate consists of a free online e-module plus a one day training component, and is targeted at GPs, practice nurses and other healthcare professionals. The e-module can be accessed at www.elearning.rcgp.org.uk. Please check the Courses & Events page for details of forthcoming training days.

If you have problems registering or logging in for the e-module please contact the helpdesk on e-learning@rcgp.org.uk.

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Introductory Certificate in Sexual Health (ICSH)

If the answer to any of these questions is "not sure" then this is the course for you!

The ICSH is aimed at generalist clinicians and practice nurses already trained and working in general practice, providing a basic grounding in sexual health issues.

It is also an excellent course for trainee GPs and other allied professionals such as pharmacists.

The ICSH is ideal as a "toe in the water" for those who want to develop their skills or confidence in raising sexual health in consultations or who may be considering further professional development in sexual health, such as the Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (DFSRH) and the BASHH Sexually Transmitted Infection Foundation (STIF) Course with a view to providing a Local Enhanced Service in one or more aspects of sexual health service provision.

Please check the Courses & Events page for details of forthcoming training days.

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One Day CPD Events

The SMAH periodically run one day, stand alone CPD events and information about these can be accessed from the Courses & Events page or from the RCGP Website.

Information about the RCGP National Drug Conference can be found on the Courses & Events page.

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RCGP Substance Misuse and Associated Health (SMAH) Contact Details

The RCGP Substance Misuse and Associated Health (SMAH) runs a number of courses, and more information and application forms can be downloaded from the RCGP Website.

Operational Team

Conference and Courses Manager/Substance Misuse and Associated Health
Lorna Boothe
E-mail: lboothe@rcgp.org.uk
Tel: 020 3188 7649

Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse Part 1 & Part 2
Programme Coordinator: Lorna Boothe
E-mail: lboothe@rcgp.org.uk
Tel: 020 3188 7649

Certificate in the Management of Alcohol Problems in Primary Care Level 1
Programme Coordinator: Robel Eyob
E-mail: alcohol@rcgp.org.uk
Tel: 020 3188 7650

Introductory Certificate in Sexual Health
Programme Coordinator: Robel Eyob
E-mail: icsh@rcgp.org.uk
Tel: 020 3188 7650

Certificate in the Detection, Diagnosis and Management of Hepatitis B and C in Primary Care
Programme Coordinator: Robel Eyob
E-mail: HepB&C@rcgp.org.uk
Tel: 020 3188 7650

Certificate in the Management of Drug Misuse Part 1 & Part 2
Administrator: Danielle Allen
E-mail: danielle.allen@rcgp.org.uk
Tel: 0203 188 7474

Clinical Team

The SMAH has a clinical team which is made of: