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Winterproofing learning plan

15.00 credits

Learning modules in the Winterproofing learning plan will help you refresh your knowledge of common conditions you will encounter in the autumn and winter. Modules in this plan cover respiratory conditions such as flu, pneumonia and COPD along with coughs, sore throats, fever and vomiting. Nicotine addiction, depression, asthma, pertussis and scarlet fever are also covered.




Clinical Review

Influenza: clinical review

Dr Steve Holmes and respiratory nurse consultant Jane Scullion review the clinical features of influenza, and the risk groups for serious illness.

1.50 Credits
Syllabus

Guidance update: management of sore throat

Dr Toni Hazell analyses the latest guidance on managing sore throat including assessment using scoring tools, and the use of short courses of steroids.

1.00 Credits
Red flags

Vomiting in children - red flag symptoms

Dr Suneeta Kochhar covers the possible red flags of children presenting with vomiting. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include taking a careful history, physical examination, and possible causes in neonates, infants and older children.

0.50 Credits
Expert Perspective

Management of acute cough in children

Dr Atul Gupta provides a practical guide to the common causes of childhood cough and management of symptoms. Key learning points for GPs and nurses include investigation of the treatment options, and how to recognise serious underlying pathology.

0.50 Credits
Expert Perspective

COPD and interpretation of spirometry readings

Dr Philip Ind describes the characteristics of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and how spirometry can be used to aid diagnosis of the condition.

1.00 Credits
Clinical Review

Pneumonia: clinical review

Dr Sinan Eccles and Dr Simon Barry review the assessment and management of pneumonia in primary care. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in adults, making a clinical diagnosis, rationalising the use of antibiotics and when to refer the patient for hospital assessment.

1.50 Credits
Knowledge

Assessing fever in children

This article by Dr Louise Newson, updated in 2018, discusses the assessment and management of fever in children, including the traffic light system for assessing the child’s symptoms. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include The Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) criteria to define tachycardia, and signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease.

0.50 Credits
Clinical Review

Nicotine addiction: clinical review

Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable death and disease in England. Jennifer Percival outlines the key elements of smoking cessation and how these can be applied in primary care.

1.50 Credits
Knowledge

Scarlet fever

This article by Dr Nigel Stollery reviews the bacterial infection scarlet fever, including the presentation and prognosis and how to investigate and manage. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include mechanisms of transmission such as by respiratory droplets, when to take a throat swab and culture, differential diagnosis and complications.

0.50 Credits
Red flags

Persistent cough - red flag symptoms

Dr Pipin Singh covers the red flag symptoms that may indicate a more serious cause for persistent cough.

0.50 Credits
Patient Case Study

Facial Raynaud's disease

Dr Penny Edrich describes an unusual rash on a patient’s face, which upon specialist examination proved to be linked to Raynaud’s phenomenon. Tips for treatment of Raynaud’s disease are listed in this activity, along with learning points regarding specialist investigation to exclude autoimmune disease.

0.50 Credits
Red flags

Vomiting in adults - red flag symptoms

Dr Suchita Shah highlights the red flag symptoms associated with vomiting in adults that may indicate a serious cause. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include appropriate investigations to undertake in primary care and important questions to ask during history-taking.

0.50 Credits
Clinical Review

COPD: clinical review

This article by Dr Nicholas Hopkinson discusses aetiology and risk factors for COPD. Simple interventions are considered such as stopping smoking and pulmonary rehabilitation, plus pharmacotherapy for the condition.

1.50 Credits
Clinical Review

Paediatric pertussis: clinical review

In this article, updated in 2016, Dr Scott Hackett covers the management of pertussis (whooping cough) including the epidemiology, making the diagnosis and complications. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include suitable investigations, differential diagnoses and prognosis.

1.50 Credits
Syllabus

Guidance update: latest BTS/SIGN guidelines on asthma

Jane Scullion and Steve Holmes outline the recommendations of the BTS/SIGN guidance on asthma.

1.00 Credits
Syllabus

Guidance update: latest NICE guidelines on depression in adults

Dr Toni Hazell describes the April 2016 update to existing NICE guidance on depression in adults.

1.00 Credits