St Patrick's Mental Health Services website uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. For more details about cookies and how to manage them see our cookie policy.

Online GP CPD

An online portal, aimed specifically at general practitioners, has been developed by St Patrick’s Mental Health Services and aims to provide GPs with up-to-date and relevant mental health information to assist them in their practice with patients who present with mental health difficulties.

GP Portal

After creating your account, in order to watch the films within the portal, an enrolment key will be required.
Please email us to receive the key.

The films currently available to view online via our GP Portal are: 

  • Adolescent Mental Health, with Dr Aileen Murtagh

    In this online module, Dr Aileen Murtagh, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, looks at some of the more common adolescent mental health difficulties that are likely to present in the GP surgery, with a focus on the internalising disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders and self-harming behaviour in adolescence.

    This film is accredited with 1 CPD point.



  • Anxiety Presentations in Primary Care, with Dr Michael McDonough

    Anxiety is a hugely prevalent problem in Irish society, it is almost ubiquitous in everyone’s lives with one in nine people affected on a daily basis. In the first instance, anxiety disorders are quite commonly presented in the GP’s office. In this online module, Dr Michael McDonough, Consultant Psychiatrist in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, presents an overview of anxiety disorders and their presentations in primary care.

  • GP & Physician Mental Health, with Professor Jim Lucey

    GPs and those in primary care deal with increased levels of mental stress and pressure, which can cause burnout, on an on-going basis. Thus, in this online module, Professor Jim Lucey, Medical Director of St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, discusses the nature of delivering a health service while also taking into account your own mental health. He also discusses what those working in the health industry can do to help repair their own wellbeing when difficulties are experienced.

  • Successful Aging and Life Skills for older people, with Dr Declan Lyons

    Knowledge of successful aging and life skills for older people is an important tool for general practitioners in their work with older people. Dr Declan Lyons, Consultant Psychiatrist at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, gives an overview of the skills necessary to ensure successful aging in the older population, the concept of successful ageing, negative stereotyping, opportunities and aides GPs in thinking of the experiences and nature of later life.

  • Compassion Focused Therapy for eating disorders, with Dr Clodagh Dowling

    Dr. Clodagh Dowling, Principal Clinical Psychologist in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services talks us through CFT-E, a compassion focussed therapy for people with eating disorders, that can be referred to by GPs. Dr Dowling gives us an understanding of what CFT-E is, how to develop a compassionate understanding of eating disorders and how CFT-E can help your clients through the recovery process.

  • Vulnerability hacking: Social media and eating disorders, with Dr Colman Noctor

    Dr Colman Noctor, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, discusses the impact of social media on eating disorders. Delivering this presentation as part of a 2018 conference on ‘Eating Disorders in a Modern Society’, Dr Noctor explores the relationships between traditional media and body image, socialisation and cultural norms, and how the evolution of social media relates to and changes these. Topics such as the ways in which online sites influence audiences are addressed, as well as issues of vulnerability, gender and age in the social media context. The presentation equips GPs with skills and tools to recognise how social media may affect a person presenting with an eating disorder and how GPs can advise on protection against negative effects of social media.

    This film is accredited with 0.5 CPD points.

  • Transgender healthcare in primary care, with Dr Aileen Murtagh

    Dr Aileen Murtagh, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in St Patrick’s Mental Health Services, explores transgender healthcare in the GP surgery in this three-part series. Part one provides an introduction to the topic and covers the gender spectrum, gender identity, management of gender variance, gender dysphoria, characteristics of referrals, comorbidity and differential diagnosis and assessment. Part two covers social, legal and medical transitions and the outcomes of same, while part three delves further into how GPs can manage transgender healthcare in a primary care setting, exploring service pathways, service experience, the GP perspective and resources. 

Support and Information

We provide free support and information for GPs and healthcare professionals regarding services available in St Patrick's.

01 249 3333

Sign up to our GP eNewsletter

Sign up to our quarterly GP eNewsletter to receive information about mental health, service updates, events and continuous professional development training at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services. Please be advised, this eNewsletter cannot be delivered to @healthmail email addresses. Please provide an alternative email address.