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GPs offered new masters degree in urgent care

By Steve Nowottny

A London university has this week announced a new masters degree in urgent care for GPs in response to the Darzi review's planned shake-up of unscheduled care.

The M.Sc in Urgent Care, to be launched by Brunel University's School of Health Sciences and Social Care next month and believed to be the first of its kind, aims to ‘equip GPs with the knowledge and professional competencies required to attend to patients requiring medical assistance for minor injuries and illnesses, as well as urgent or unscheduled care.'

It will also give graduates a comprehensive knowledge of operational and strategic management, as well as ‘successful leadership approaches.'

SHA vision documents published as part of the Darzi review earlier this year revealed plans for a shake-up of unscheduled care, with the roll-out of GP-led ‘urgent care centres' and the introduction of new single three-digit number for patients to access urgent care.

Professor Lorraine De Souza, head of the School of Health Sciences and Social Care at Brunel University, said: ‘With these new changes to the healthcare system in the UK, the role of GPs will be changing and it is imperative that GPs receive the necessary further education and training in urgent care practice.'

‘We've designed this course to directly address these changes.'

Applications for this year's course should be made as soon as possible, and by early September at the latest.

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