Community Oncology CPD course converted to free online webinar series to support primary care during Covid-19
15 March 2021
The School of Medicine team, supported by the CPD Unit, has successfully adapted their successful Community Oncology study day into a series of free live webinars, to ensure that primary care teams are supported during Covid-19.
The Community Oncology course was established in 2019 as a 1-day face-to-face session, designed to provide the most up-to-date resources for GPs and primary care workers. The session was very popular and was originally scheduled to run again in 2020. Sadly, this had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
The Community Oncology team was acutely aware that the target audience is largely made up of front-line workers who are under immense pressure due to Covid-19 and who have little time for CPD training at this time; however, the team was also very keen to provide this free resource in order to support staff. Additionally, the number of referrals due to cancer has currently dropped because fewer patients are currently reporting symptoms, so it is an opportune time to provide an update.
The Community Oncology team is made up of Dr Fiona Rawlinson, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Programme Director of Postgraduate Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University, Dr Mick Button, Oncologist at Velindre Cancer Centre and Dr Elise Lang, Macmillan GP, North Cardiff. Sessions include presentations by expert speakers (GPs and Oncologists) from local University Health Boards.
We supported the Community Oncology team to adapt the content into bite-sized lunchtime webinar sessions, providing key updates for primary care workers. The series is designed to provide practical information to support primary care practice, whilst fitting in with busy work schedules. All sessions will also be made available via our YouTube channel.
The series is now underway; each session has been really interactive, with attendees posing several interesting questions to our panel of guest speakers, which includes prominent local specialists and practitioners.
Following the opening session on Diagnosing and managing lower GI cancers, Dr Elise Lang said:
Feedback for the sessions so far has been excellent:
Attendance to date
- 92 (GI session)
- 100 (Lung session)
- 84 (Skin session)
The series continues through March, with webinars on diagnosing and managing cancers of unknown primary, and a discussion of one of the key ‘tools of the trade’ – communication. Register for your free place.
If you’ve missed any of the sessions so far, recordings are available at our YouTube channel. Here is the recording of the first session of the series, on diagnosing and managing GI cancers.
If you have any questions about CPD opportunities in medicine or healthcare, or if you’d like to chat to us about how we can support professional development in your organisation, please feel free to contact our friendly team: