Online GP CPD

We offer accredited mental health information and training for general practitioners (GPs) through our online GP Portal.

Sharing mental health information

Find out more about the mental health information films currently available to view online through our GP Portal below. 

  • Adolescent Mental Health

    In this online module, Dr Aileen Murtagh, Assistant Medical Director with Special Responsibility for Adolescent Mental Health Services here 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 recognised for one CPD point.

  • Adolescent Mental Health and Service Delivery during COVID-19

    The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated public health restrictions have had significant impacts on mental health. One cohort where the mental health implications are particularly evident is in adolescents. Due to the closures of schools, uncertainty around exams and social isolation, many young people are experiencing mental health difficulties for the first time, and pre-existing mental health difficulties have been exacerbated

    In this one-hour recording of a live webinar, Dr Aileen Murtagh, Assistant Medical Director with Special Responsibility for Adolescent Mental Health Services, and Dr Una Dennison, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at SPMHS, explore the impact of the pandemic on adolescent mental health. 

    This film is recognised for one CPD point.

  • Anxiety Presentations in Primary Care

    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 surgery. In this online module, Dr Michael McDonough, Consultant Psychiatrist here in SPMHS, presents an overview of anxiety disorders and their presentations in primary care.

    This film is recognised for one CPD point.

  • Anxiety: Question and Answer Workshop

    Dr Michael McDonough, Consultant Psychiatrist and Head of our Anxiety Disorders Programme team, and Dr Ann Rakpraja, Psychiatry Registrar here at SPMHS, explore assessments and referrals for anxiety presentations; the impact of COVID-19 on anxiety presentations; managing complex presentations of anxiety in the GP surgery; and therapy for anxiety disorders.

    Established in 2005, our Anxiety Disorders Programme is the only specialised anxiety service in Ireland and caters for a wide range of anxiety disorders. It is delivered by a multidisciplinary team and offers service users a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, psychiatry and occupational therapy to assist them in the management of their anxiety.

    This film is recognised for one CPD point.

  • Compassion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders (CFT-E)

    Dr Clodagh Dowling, Principal Clinical Psychologist here in SPMHS, talks through CFT-E, a compassion-focused therapy for people with eating disorders. GPs can refer patients to the programme.

    Dr Dowling gives 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.

    This film is recognised for one CPD point

  • GP and Physician Mental Health

    GPs and those in primary care deal with increased levels of mental stress and pressure, which, on an ongoing basis, can cause burnout.

    In this online module, Professor Jim Lucey, Consultant Psychiatrist here at SPMHS, discusses the nature of delivering a health service while taking personal mental health into account. He also discusses what those working in healthcare services can do to help repair their own wellbeing when difficulties are experienced.

    This film is recognised for one CPD point

  • Mental Health Difficulties During and After COVID-19

    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 recognised for one CPD point.

  • Self-harm: Psychoeducation and Intervention

    In this one-hour recording of a live webinar, Dr Kevin O’Hanrahan, Senior Clinical Psychologist, and Dr Ruth Groarke, Clinical Psychologist, both working here at SPMHS, deliver a practical self-harm psychoeducation presentation for GPs, as well as exploring self-harm interventions and how to respond to self-harming behaviours in the GP surgery.

    This film is recognised for one CPD point.

  • Successful Aging and Life Skills for Older People

    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 here at SPMHS, gives an overview of the skills necessary to ensure successful aging in the older population, along with the concept of successful ageing, negative stereotyping, and opportunities. He also supports GPs in thinking of the experiences and nature of later life.

    This film is recognised for 0.5 CPD points.

  • Transgender Healthcare in Primary Care

    Over a three-part series, Dr Aileen Murtagh, Assistant Medical Director with Special Responsibility for Adolescent Mental Health Services here in SPMHS, explores transgender healthcare in the GP surgery.

    Part one provides an introduction 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 these.

    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. 

    This film is recognised for one CPD point when all three parts are completed.

  • Understanding Bipolar Disorder

    In this online film, members of our Bipolar Education Programme team discuss bipolar disorder. Martha Ryan, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Clinical Nurse Manager (CNM) 2; Sean Lonergan, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist; and Laura Nolan, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, explore how to increase recognition and awareness of how patients may present with symptoms of bipolar disorder in primary care. The film also looks at differentiating types of bipolar affective disorder, risk factors, treatment and useful resources for GPs. 

    This film is recognised for one CPD point.

  • Vulnerability Hacking: Social Media and Eating Disorders

    Dr Colman Noctor, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, discusses the impact of social media on eating disorders.

    Delivering this presentation as part of a 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 recognised for 0.5 CPD points.

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