E-learning for Primary Care

We have developed some e-learning sessions and have provided links to sessions that are appropriate for healthcare professionals working in primary care.

We have divided them into those most applicable to GPs and those for nurses, healthcare assistants and allied healthcare professionals.

eLearning for GPs

Antidepressant prescribing: expert advice for GPs on prescribing antidepressants.

In this 20 minute video, Prof Hamish McAllister-Williams gives practical, clinical guidance on how to optimise the use of antidepressants in primary care.

Expert advice on consultations with young people experiencing mental health issues.

In this 20 minute video, Dr Maryanne Freer outlines practical ways for GPs to decide, in a short consultation, if a young person may have mental health problems, and offers some simple management options and self-help resources.

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Recommended eLearning for GPs

The Royal College of GPs (RCGP) offer mental health courses and essential knowledge updates (EKU) for their members.

Mental health courses

EKU Topics

Essential Knowledge Update covers new and changing knowledge relevant to daily general practice in the UK.

EKU Hot Topics, Podcasts and Screencasts

The EKU Hot Topics offer users a concise synopsis of an article or guideline that has been recently published and has an immediate impact on general practice! Each Hot Topic is linked to the original source document for further reading and are available for free to all users.

E-learning for nurses, healthcare assistants and allied healthcare professionals

Included in the programme for nurses, healthcare assistants and allied healthcare professionals are seven e-Learning units. Anyone with an NHS email can access these by registering with Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH). Go to their website here.


After logging in, select ‘Mental Health Awareness Programme (MHP)’ then select ‘Practice Nurses’.

The units are:

  • Managing alcohol in primary care

  • Managing drug misuse in primary care

  • Medication for mental health problems in primary care – part one

  • Medication for mental health problems in primary care – part two

  • Your patient’s journey

  • Care planning

  • Specific mental health conditions

Recommended e-learning

Also available on the e-LfH website:


Mental health in primary care

After logging on, search ‘MSK in primary care’, then click on ‘MSK Primary Care (MSK)’, then click on third option ‘Mental health in primary care’.


Physical health in severe mental illness

The Royal College of Nursing’s Mental Health forum steering group collaborated with the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust to create this resource for nurses - access here

More from our Primary Care programme:

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