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NICE ‘restictive’ over fracture prevention

From Cathy Burwell

Bradford City PCT

Like many others, I am aware of the need for a national standard in GPwSI training that has existed since the creation of GPs with special interests.

Taking on board the available limited guidance at the time, a group comprising a cardiologist, three GPwSIs from different PCTs, a regional CHD manager and two representatives of the teaching trust in Bradford, sought to establish a framework in cardiology that would address the needs and safeguards required to train practitioners adequately for future

service.

Two years on, 10 GPs from around the country have successfully completed the Diploma in Cardiology graduating from the University of Bradford in July.

The key to the training is its ability to join up all the parties involved in the development of GPwSI services.

The practitioner is asked to show evidence of support

for the course by their PCT.

The practitioner must also find a local consultant to act as mentor during three substantial local attachments in the hospital.

The course model has been successfully reproduced in gynaecology, urology and diabetes, with respiratory medicine and gastroenterology due in 2006.

Details of courses can be obtained by e-mailing us at psi@bradfors.nhs.uk

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