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This learning plan (worth 5.25 credits) aims to support GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals in improving their knowledge of travel health. Learning plans provide key learning points on diagnosis, management, follow-up and referral. You can undertake the whole plan to demonstrate that you have studied this area in depth, or use individual modules from the plan to complement your existing learning. You can claim credits for all the modules that you complete. Your MIMS Learning CPD certificates will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.
Jane Chiodini, travel health specialist nurse, describes her role and answers questions on travel health services in primary care, effective travel consultations and advising patients who are going away.
Dr Jessica Garner focuses on the latest advice for GPs and nurses regarding the management of patients who may have been exposed to the Zika virus. Key learning points include advice to give pregnant women and when to refer for an ultrasound scan. Article last updated September 2016.
This article by Dr Mike Townend covers the most important vaccinations travellers should consider, including tetanus, poliomyelitis and diphtheria. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include carrying out a full risk assessment, vaccines for diseases of close physical contact, and vaccines for travel to countries with poor food and water hygiene.
This clinical review by Dr Lisa Ford outlines the latest guidance on diagnosis and management of malaria, highlighting advice to give to travellers on prevention, and how to approach investigation of people with suspected malaria. This activity includes an evidence base for primary care professionals with links to latest guidelines and travel health advice.
In this article Dr Mike Townend covers the vaccinations that may be needed for travellers who are at higher risk of infectious disease because they are travelling for longer or to remote destinations. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include vaccination schedules and side-effects of hepatitis B, rabies, yellow fever, Japanese B encephalitis and tick-borne encephalitis.
This article by Dr Carol Chu covers when to suspect possible Ebola infection and, if it is suspected, measures to take in general practice. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include knowing the right questions to ask patients about their recent travel history and symptoms, infection control measures, and maintaining patient confidentiality.
In this article Dr Mike Townend covers the clinical features, diagnosis and treatment of dengue fever. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include common symptoms such as severe arthralgia and myalgia, bite avoidance advice, and complications of dengue.