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Courses- general information

The GGPET committee meet every few months to review previous educational events & to organise & plan the programme. We very much welcome your input, after all we are trying to address YOUR educational needs & we like to hear what you want us to provide for you!

Event Timings

We generally follow a similar format for most of our events, as follows:
(Please see specific event programme for further details)

Day Time Events
09.00 Registration
9.30 -10.45 Talk 1
10.45-11.15 Coffee
11.15-12.30 Talk 2
12.30-13.30 Lunch
13.30-14.45 Talk 3
14.45-15.15 coffee
15.15-16.30 Talk 4
Short Study Days
09.00 Registration
9.30-11.00 Talk 1
11.00-11.30 Coffee
11.30-13.00 Talk 2
1300-1330 Lunch
13.30-14.30 Talk 3
Evening talks
19.00 Registration & dinner
19.30 Talk for one hour followed by questions/discussion
21.00 Finish

Our programme is a dynamic, evolving one. We try & make sure that we cover a wide range of topics over 2 or 3 years, in a range of formats & venues. Most of our day-time courses are for whole or half days, & lunch is provided for whole day events. Our evening events usually start at 7.30 with food provided at the Winfield & the Nuffield hospitals.

Types of courses

We try & offer a range of courses to suit different GPs. Most have an interactive element & we strongly discourage our speakers from giving straight didactic lectures. This is because there is much more true learning in interactive sessions, rather than just the acquisition of knowledge which can be quickly forgotten. You might also wonder why we always have time at the end of each session for reflection. This is because if you spend a few moments reflecting on an educational activity & what you have learnt this improves the amount you will truly learn & makes it more likely to change the way you practice in the future, so we feel this is time well spent.

The feedback forms, although a bit tedious at the end of a long day, are really important to us. The feedback we receive helps to shape future courses & also lets us know when we've got things right …or wrong. Collated feedback is also sent to individual speakers so that they can improve their teaching skills. Speakers are often so keen to get hold of the feedback from GPs that we can have trouble getting it to them quickly enough!

Delegate numbers

It's always difficult for us when we have to turn away GPs who are motivated to learn & want to come to our events. However we do sometimes need to do this in order to preserve educational quality. As the demand for our events has increased, so has the number of delegates. We encourage our members to book on to courses as early as possible & this of course puts the onus on us to arrange the programme as far ahead as is feasible. If you've tried to get onto a course & been disappointed we'd encourage you to let us know if you'd like to see something similar run again. It may have been that the timing suited you, you were keen to see a particular speaker, or the topic was of specific interest to you - we won't know what you wanted or why you wanted it unless you tell us. Please feedback to Rachel Gadsden or by using our suggestions form.

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