Emergencies in General Practice (GP) Course

Duration: Typically 1 day, but can be adapted to suit an organisation’s specific requirements.

Prometheus designed this course in response to GPs’ concerns about managing life-threatening emergencies in the surgery, on a home visit or, by chance, at road traffic collisions – potentially feeling ‘out of depth’ yet wanting to be able to provide effective initial help. The General Medical Council states of doctors, “You must offer help if emergencies arise in clinical settings or in the community, taking account of your own safety, your competence and the availability of other options for care” (General Medical Council, Domain 2, Safety and Quality).

Course Content

The Emergencies in General Practice course is designed for healthcare providers in primary care who may have to deal with an unexpected medical or trauma emergency in the initial period until the arrival of an ambulance. It is particularly suited to those who do not routinely have to deal with emergencies.

The Emergencies in General Practice course aims to equip primary care clinical staff with the essential skills required to deliver immediate care to patients with life-threatening emergencies prior to the arrival of the ambulance.

As with all Prometheus courses, the emphasis is on short lectures with supervised skill sessions and scenario-based practical exercises, complimented by structured feedback and discussion.

The syllabus includes:

The course covers important subject areas including basic life support and defibrillator (AED) use, the systematic management of major haemorrhage and major trauma, and the management of life-threatening medical conditions.

Entry Criteria

Anyone working in a clinical capacity in primary care – GPs, GP Registrars, Practice Nurses, District Nurses.


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