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MIMS Learning Essentials Courses

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Essentials courses provide a fun practical update on the latest clinical guidance with a focus on how to put it into practice. The one-day courses feature:

  • Engaging GP speakers - who understand exactly what you need to know
  • Interactive case studies - real examples of how to put guidance into practice
  • Quality improvement activities - ways to improve your practice and patient outcomes
  • Key points - lots of handy hints to take away and put straight into practice
  • Online note taking - make notes directly into our CPD organiser
  • A minimum 6 CPD credits - export your learning to The Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit at the click of a button

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Available courses

The next available course is in London on Wednesday 21 June at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury.


Booking options

Buy before 28 February to save 20% - quote EARLYBIRD when purchasing.



Dr Raj Thakkar

Raj is Chair of the MIMS Learning Essentials editorial advisory board. His varied roles include working as a GP partner since 2004, clinical commissioning director for Chiltern CCG in planned care, cardiac lead for Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network and atrial fibrillation champion for NHSIQ Thames Valley. He was also worked as a presenter on BBC Radio and is a medical writer and adviser. Raj has written and published over 100 articles and several books including the MIMS Consultation Guide which won the BMA book award for medicine 2012.

Dr Jessica Garner

Jessica is a part-time GP in Worcester and works as a GP with the West Midlands ambulance service, as part of an innovative local scheme. She is a regular contributor to the Patient UK website, has a popular health blog and writes for a number of medical publications. She is passionate about empowering patients to take control of their own health, particularly when it comes to lifestyle changes. She has interests in paediatrics, mental health and women's health. She has also had involvement in medical education, and has been guest speaker at local vocational training events.

Dr Sally Higginbottom

Sally is an experienced salaried GP at James Wigg Practice, a large teaching and training practice in London. She does a mixture of clinical sessions, working as an appraiser and writing and editing learning modules for the Royal College of General Practitioners. Sally has a particular interest in medical education and is a trainer of specialist trainees in the practice. Clinically, Sally enjoys her special interest in women's health and regularly fits coils and implants. She is also the child protection lead for the practice and sees many paediatric patients both for acute and ongoing care.

Course content

Registration starts at 8.45 and the course will run from 9.15 to 17.00, giving you 6 hours CPD.

Course topics are outlined below.

Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 Session 4
  • Asthma
  • Food allergy
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Vitamin D
  • Contraception
  • Domestic violence
  • Premature ovarian insufficiency
  • Delivering quality improvement
  • Multimorbidity
  • Mental health problems in people with learning disabilities
  • Antenatal and postnatal mental health
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sepsis
  • Low back pain and sciatica
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Chest pain of recent onset

What our delegates said

100% of delegates who attended an Essential course in 2016 were satisfied with the course. Here's what some of them told us:

'Very useful for practice - I really felt I was learning!'
'Great speakers and relevant to jobbing GPs'
'Every speaker gave very useful up to date info and very useful daily tips we can use'
'Excellent range of subjects'
'Brilliant idea to be able to make reflective notes that can be migrated straight into appraisal tool'
'Great to be taught by experienced GPs'
'Very enjoyable, definitely recommend'

Find out more and book a place on a course in 2017 here

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Price: £200

N.B. Prices include a one-day event plus a   year's access to the Essentials Syllabus.

Syllabus content

  • Bronchiolitis in children
  • Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease in children
  • Diabetes in children
  • Bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia in children
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Menopause
  • Suspected cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Prostate cancer
  • Care of the dying adult
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Hypertension
  • CVD risk assessment and lipid modification
  • Venous thromboembolic diseases
  • Chronic kidney disease: anaemia
  • Familial hypercholesterolaemia
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Diabetic foot problems
  • Coeliac disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Headaches
  • Medicines optimisation

More information

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