At St Patrick's Mental Health Services (SPMHS), we've developed an online portal aimed specifically at general practitioners (GPs) to provide them with up-to-date and relevant mental health information to assist them in their practice with patients who present with mental health difficulties.
GP CPD mental health information films
Through our GP Portal, GPs can view mental health information films that have been produced specifically for GPs by SPMHS. Each film has been approved for 1 External Continuous Professional Development (CPD) credit for Professional Competence by the Irish College of General Practitioners.Access the 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 through our GP Portal are:
Mental Health Difficulties During and After COVID-19, with Professor Paul Fearon
With COVID-19 restricting our normal ways of living, working and socialising, many people have felt mental health effects due to social isolation, anxiety over the public health crisis, changes to daily routines and more. In this film, Professor Paul Fearon, our Medical Director, explores mental health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic and into the future post-pandemic. He discusses some of the common mental health issues to arise as a result of the pandemic and the supports available. This film is accredited for one CPD point.
Understanding Bipolar Disorder, with our Bipolar Education Programme team
Martha Ryan, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Clinical Nurse Managre (CNM)2; Sean Lonergan, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, and Laura Nolan, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, from our Bipolar Education Programme discuss bipolar disorder, exploring how to increase recognition and awareness of how patients may present with symptoms of bipolar disorder in primary care. This film also looks at differentiating types of bipolar affective disorder, risk factors, treatment and useful resources for GPs. This film is accredited with one CPD point.
Adolescent Mental Health, with Dr Aileen Murtagh
In this online module, Dr Aileen Murtagh, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in SPMHS, looks at some of the more common adolescent mental health difficulties that are likely to present in the GP surgery, with a focus on 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 SPMHS, presents an overview of anxiety disorders and their presentations in primary care.
GP and 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 ongoing basis. Thus, in this online module, Professor Jim Lucey, Consultant Psychiatrist at SPMHS, discusses the nature of delivering a health service while also taking into account your own mental health. He also discusses what those working in healthcare services 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 GPs in their work with older people. Dr Declan Lyons, Consultant Psychiatrist at SPMHS, gives an overview of the skills necessary to ensure successful aging in the older population, the concept of successful ageing, negative stereotyping, opportunities and aids GPs in thinking of the experiences and nature of later life.
Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders (CFT-E), with Dr Clodagh Dowling
Dr Clodagh Dowling, Principal Clinical Psychologist in SPMHS, talks us through CFT-E, a compassion focused 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 patients through the recovery process.
Vulnerability Hacking: Social Media and Eating Disorders, with Dr Colman Noctor
Dr Colman Noctor, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in SPMHS, 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 SPMHS, 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.