Primary Care Learning

Any possible contributions to this area of the website would be always welcome - please contact David Shiers

PODCAST -  Dr Jo Smith, Consultant Psychologist and EI lead for Worcestershire discusses the service principles of an EIP approach.


PODCAST - GPs Helen Lester, David Shiers and Anthea Bond discuss with EIP lead, Paul French why EI is an important issue for primary care.

DOWNLOAD A PRIMARY CARE OVERVIEW GPs Helen Lester and David Shiers provide an overview of EI Psychosis from their GP perspective

A series of Primary Care Guidance fact sheets: 

endorsed by the RCGP / RC Psychs Forum - designed with the jobbing front line practitioner GP and practice nurse in mind

  1. Early Detection of Psychosis: information about early presentation of psychosis and what to do

  2. Physical health issues of emerging psychosis: keeping the body in mind 

  3. Smoking and Mental Health: guidance about how to help people with psychosis stop smoking

  4. PATIENT LEAFLET / GUIDANCE - link to Royal College of Psychiatrists web resource

Download BMJ 10 minute consultation by Prof Helen Lester: discusses consultation room issues

Download Primary Care learning PowerPoint slide show: Dr David Shiers shares a set of presentation slides used for learning events targeting primary care

Talking to families about first epsiode psychosis: Dr David Shiers describes some of the issues faced by families and how primary care can help


A series of FAQs

put by GPs from the Primhe national GPs with special interest course (2008/9):

  1. Rationale for EIP: Dr Jo Smith explains why EI is important and the current treatment approaches
  2. Medicines and EIP: Professor Swaran Singh gives his thoughts on medicines management as it relates to primary care
  3. Cultural aspects of EIP: Dr Annie Lau shares her approach


NICE Schizophrenia Guidance CG82

  1. Short version (MS Word)

  2. PPT presentation



Primary Care Distance E-Learning Pack

LINK TO E-LEARNING WEB RESOURCE  designed for jobbing front line primary care practitioners to dip in and out of or as support for training / revalidation purposes

Early Detection of Psychosis in Primary Care part 1

Part 1 of two short videos where Helen Lester and Max Birchwood explore some of the presenting features of emerging psychosis.


Early Detection of Psychosis in Primary Care part 2

Part 2 where Helen Lester and Max Birchwood continue to explore how emerging psychosis may present in promary care.

GP Curriculum Statement on Mental Health

What does the RCGP curriculum (Chapter 13 - Mental Health) say about learning outcomes relevant to Early Intervention?

a.        Primary care management: “Describe the varied ways in which young people with early psychosis present”

b.        Understand  “Prevention as applied to Early Intervention in Psychosis”

c.        Specific problem-solving skills: “Describe how to screen and diagnose people experiencing mental health problems, using effective and reliable instruments where they are available”

d.        Understand that “People with severe mental illness have a high prevalence of physical co-morbidity that should be looked for and treated by general practitioners.”