RCGP e-learning course

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) runs an e-learning course, ‘Helping patients to help themselves: Self care for minor ailments’.


This online course is FREE to all primary healthcare professionals and can be accessed at www.elearning.rcgp.org.uk (registration required).

You can also go directly to the course page at: www.elearning.rcgp.org.uk/selfcare

The course was revised and updated in July 2014 and takes 3 CPD hours to complete.

Every year in the UK, over 50 million consultations are recorded for minor ailments alone.   The course equips practitioners with the knowledge and skills to conduct a ‘self care aware’ consultation for patients with self-limiting minor ailments.

It also includes strategies for the whole primary care team, to improve patient access to evidence-based information about minor ailments and to enhance patient confidence.

The course was developed in partnership with the Proprietary Association of Great Britain (PAGB) and RCGP experts in self care as part of collaborative drive to change the culture of dependency in the NHS.  It was originally launched at PAGB’s 12th Annual Self Care Conference in November 2011 (and was reviewed and updated in July 2014).

Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) Guide to the use of the RCGP ‘Self Care for Minor Ailments’ e-learning course


The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has developed a guide for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians on how to use the Royal College of General Practitioners’ (RCGP) e-learning course on ‘supporting self care for minor ailments’.

The guide is designed for use in conjunction with the RCGP e-learning course and is aimed at supporting pharmacy professionals to make the most of the course.

To download it please click here

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