Train the Trainer’ Workshops - Primary Care and Cancer Matters

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Are you a Head of Primary Care Schools or Training Programme Director, interested in hosting a free Primary Care and Cancer Matters workshop for GP trainers?

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Cancer Research UK and Royal College of GPs partner with local HEE post graduate medical education teams to deliver a free 1 day GP ‘Train the Trainers” workshop, Primary Care and Cancer Matters.

Our aims are:

  • To provide a relevant evidence based cancer update specifically tailored to GP trainers.
  • Raise awareness and explore why cancer is different
  • Sign post and provide practical evidence based tools to support delivery of practice learning sessions and GP trainee tutorials.
  • Provide networking opportunities for GP trainers

The Train the Trainer workshops are highly interactive and provide an excellent opportunity for GP trainers to share the current evidence, research and tools to support practice based learning and tutorials delivered by GP trainers to learners (F1, F2, GP trainees, medical students and other students), on placement in primary care

Workshops include a mix of expert presentations and group discussions and Q&A sessions, and typically engage between 50 -100 GP trainers.

The workshop agenda and format workshop is developed in partnership with local post graduate medical education teams.

Upcoming workshops

In 2019/20 Cancer Research UK and the Royal College of General Practitioners have partnered with Health Education England Post Graduate Medical Education leads to  support 4 Train the Trainers’ workshops for GP trainers.

Wessex  - Thursday 6th June 2019, New Place Management Centre Shirrell Health, Southampton SO32 2JY

What is the role of primary care in cancer matters? What does this mean for GP Trainers and Training Programme Directors?

Please contact Tracy Dickinson at the Portsmouth Centre for GP Education to register your interest and book a place on the workshop

Thames Valley  - January 2020, Kassam Football Stadium Oxford (tbc.) 

Kent, Surrey and Sussex – 2020 (tbc)

To view presentations from workshops which have already taken place and resources from previous workshops click here.

For further information on the Primary Care and Cancer Matters Workshops for GP trainers, please email the team at Cancer Research UK.

Smoking Cessation Sessions for GP Trainees through Vocational Training Scheme

Training Programme Directors who would like to access a free session on smoking cessation for GP trainees (groups of at least 20) for their vocational training scheme, delivered by Dr Alex Bobak GP with specialist interest in Smoking Cessation should also email the team to register their interest. These training sessions are 3 1/2 hour in duration and are well evaluated by GP trainees: 

  • Pre-training 22.5% highlighted their awareness of smoking cessation interventions as satisfactory compared with 96% rating as high (36%) and very high (60%) post training.
  • Pre-training 23% highlighted their confidence in discussing effective smoking cessation interventions as satisfactory (19%) and high (4%), compared to 100% rating this as high (64%) and very high (36%) post training.
  • 51% of GP trainees reported that this session was extremely likely to improve their practice of offering smoking cessation with 47% reporting that this was very likely and only 2% reporting that this was somewhat likely to improve their practice.
  • 81% deemed this session as extremely and 19% as very relevant to their role. 

Sample of key take-homes:

  • Safety profile of all of the smoking cessation methods.
  • Support and treatment are key to smoking cessation, fantastic presentation.
  • Excellent teaching aids/slides, teaching and explanation.
  • Very targeted at GP trainees, I learnt a lot, small interventions every time makes a difference.
  • Cost effectiveness of smoking cessation and benefits to using support and medication.


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