CPD and short courses

We are a leading provider of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) medical courses in the region. We offer a wide range of short courses for healthcare professionals, delivered by specialists in the field, providing the most up-to-date knowledge in specific areas of interest.

Upcoming courses

Please browse the list of available courses below, then follow the link to apply directly online.

Managing Medically Unexplained Symptoms in Primary Care - A Practical Guide

Wednesday 14 November 2018, 9am - 5pm

Loxley Building, University of Hull

Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are an everyday part of working in general practicebut can be a source of stress to both patients and clinicians alike. This one day workshop aims to give GPs and Advanced Clinical Practitioners the opportunity to reflect on their experiences in dealing with patients who have MUS. It will include communication andmanagement strategies which give clinicians the tools and confidence to help their patients (and themselves) deal with chronic symptoms for which there is no identifiable organic cause.This will be an interactive day consisting of a mixture of short lectures with the main emphasis being small group work and case-based discussion. There will also be facilitated examples of clinical/patient interactions.

Course convenors

  • Stella Morris – Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist
  • Marie Acton - Psychotherapist
  • Laura Manea – Consultant Psychiatrist


  • GPs: £140 (£125 for RCGP member and Hull York Medical School Clinical Tutors)
  • Hull York Medical School Alumni/ GP Registrars/Advanced Clinical Practitioners: £120

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GP Update Course

Ron Cooke Hub, Heslington East Campus, University of York

Saturday 17 November 2018, 10am - 4pm

The one-day update course by GPs for GPs, GP STs and General Practice Nurses

The GP Update course is very relevant for clinical practice and will help you meet the requirements for appraisal and revalidation.

Using a lecture based format, with plenty of time for interaction, the GP presenters discuss the results of the most important new evidence and guidance, and concentrate on what it means to you and your patients in the consulting room tomorrow.

To help you prepare for your annual appraisal and revalidation we have a range of practical tools and offer an online service that tracks your learning throughout the year to avoid those last minute pre-appraisal panics.

We’ll use humour and video clips to illustrate points being made, to keep you focused and awake.

Who is this course for?

Established GPs and Trainers wanting to keep up to date across the whole field of general practice and to incorporate new evidence into their current practice.

Fantastic for AKT and CSA revision.

GPs returning from maternity leave or a career break who want to be brought up to speed with current practice.

Practice Nurses and other advanced clinical practitioners who will find this a great update on chronic disease management and a good overview of the latest changes across all of primary care.

What will be covered?

This one-day course offers a wide-ranging, evidence-based programme, covering the latest guidance and major developments across all areas of general practice: from chronic conditions to Musculoskeletal medicine, from Mental health to Gastroenterology and many more in between.

The GP Update Handbook

Delegates receive a copy of the GP Update Handbook. This fully-referenced handbook covers the most important research, policy and guidance relevant to primary care over the last 5 years. Much more than just a set of lecture notes, the Handbook is a fully referenced resource that can be used in the consultation, as a learning tool, a source for tutorials and exam revision.


You’ll also get one year’s FREE subscription to www.GPCPD.com. With three times the content of the handbook, it allows you to capture CPD credits as you read on the site and use it in consultations! It also comes with focussed learning activities to earn further CPD credits.

Who are we?

Red Whale is one of the leading providers of primary care medical and nursing education in the UK with over 13,000 primary care practitioners attending our courses each year. We specialise in producing courses that are evidence-based, highly relevant to everyday practice and full of actions that delegates can take away and implement immediately. For more details, go to www.gp-update.co.uk


  • GPs: £155
  • Hull York Medical School clinical tutors, practice nurses, advanced clinical practitioners and GPSTs: £150
  • Vale of York CCG staff who did not attend the course last year are eligible for a reduced rate of £95

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Confidence with Hand and Wrist Injections

Hull York Medical School Building, University of York

Wednesday 28 November 2018, 2pm - 5pm

The majority of joint injections, with the exception of hips, can be undertaken in primarycare. This can mean reduced referrals, less inconvenience for patients as well as satisfaction for the treating clinician. This half day course will help GPs to assess patients with hand and wrist problems and where appropriate, to treat them with confidence in the surgery. Delegates will have access to prosections and models in the anatomy department and the opportunity to practice injection techniques.

Course convenors

  • Dr Alan Walker – GP and ex Anatomy Lecturer
  • Mrs Kirsty Smith - Extended Scope Physiotherapist
  • Mrs Sarah Rayner - Senior Orthopaedic Practitoner


  • GPs: £100 (£95 for RCGP member and Hull York Medical School Clinical Tutors)
  • Hull York Medical School Alumni / GP Registrars / Nurse practitioners: £90

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Paediatric Update

Room 023, The Piazza, Heslington East, University of York

Wednesday 30 January 2019, 10am – 4pm

Treating children and their families is one of the cornerstones of British general practice and brings challenges to both new and experienced clinicians. This full day course, led by local paediatricians, will update and improve confidence in a number of areas relating to paediatrics. These include sessions on managing allergy, renal problems in children as well as a session entitled ‘things that usually aren’t cancer’.

The day will consist of short lectures and small group work with facilitated case-based discussion.

Course convenors

  • Dr Bob Phillips – Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Oncology CRD, University of York
  • Dr Ianthe Abbey – Consultant Paediatrician with special interest in epilepsy


  • £140: GPs (£125 for RCGP member and Hull York Medical School Clinical Tutors)
  • £120: Hull York Medical School alumni/GP Registrars/Nurse practitioners

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Headache Made a Little Easier

Wednesday 13 February 2019, 2pm - 5pm

Room 023, The Piazza, Heslington East, University of York

Headache continues to be one of the most common symptoms encountered ingeneral practice and one that can cause anxiety for clinicians as well as patients.This comprehensive half day course led by local headache specialist, former GP and GPwSI in Headache Manuela Fontebasso will consider all aspects of headache in primary care. There will also be small group work with facilitated case based discussion. Benefits include a review of common headache diagnoses and potentialred flags in primary care, advice on acute headache treatments, minimising headache days and preventative treatment options, consideration of the role of hormones in headache and an opportunity to discuss challenging cases with a local specialist.

Course convenor

Dr Manuela Fontebasso – Headache expert, Author and Headache Education Facilitator.


  • GPs: £70 (£65 for RCGP member and Hull York Medical School Clinical Tutors)
  • Hull York Medical School Alumni/GP Registrars/Nurse practitioners: £60

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Introduction to Mindfulness

Wednesday 28 March 2019, 10am - 4.30pm

Hollies Park, Weetwood, between Headingly and Adel, Leeds

Mindfulness is “the intentional, non-judgmental and non-reactive focus of attention on theemotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment”. In recent years,mindfulness practice has been increasingly employed to alleviate a variety of mental andphysical conditions. There is an increasing evidence base for its benefits.

This one day workshop is specifically designed for healthcare professionals in primary carewho wish to use mindfulness for their own personal benefit but also to raise awareness of it asa potential support for patients. We will be exploring theory, history, evidence, techniques anddaily practice of Mindfulness, emphasising its relationship to health and wellbeing.

Key benefits

  • Small group working.
  • Relaxed non-clinical environment.
  • Opportunity for reflection and practice.
  • Tangible strategies aimed at stress and pain reduction


  • GPs: £120 (£110 for RCGP member, Hull York Medical School Alumni and Hull York Medical School Clinical Tutors)
  • GP Registrars: £100

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Palliative Care in General Practice - Principles and Practicalities

20 March and 10 April 2019, 9am - 4.30pm

Saint Catherine's Hospice, Scarborough

This comprehensive two-day workshop is for GPs and GPSTs looking to increase their skillsand confidence in palliative care. Each day complements the other, although both aresuitable as standalone study days.The aim of this course is to increase knowledge and skills of palliative care approaches, thereby increasing confidence when managing palliative care patients in primary care.

Course facilitators, Saint Catherine's

  • Professor Miriam Johnson, Professor in Palliative Medicine, Hull York Medical School, Honorary Consultant, Saint Catherine’s Hospice
  • Louise Barnes, Practice Educator
  • Dr Sarah Callin, Consultant in Palliative Medicine
  • Dr Carina Saxby, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, and Medical Director
  • Dr Belinda Batten, Speciality Doctor in Palliative Medicine

Key benefits

  • Maps to the RCGP curriculum
  • Increased confidence in managing palliative care patients in primary care
  • Detailed information on the MDT and other supportive agencies available in the Saint Catherine’s locality
  • Facilitated small group work
  • Case studiesIdeas for audit and optimising current practice
  • Opportunity to refine skills between the study days and bring cases for reflection

Previous delegate feedback

”A great day - thank you all!”

“A very impressive course”

“Excellent knowledge, delivered well”

“A good mix of communication and clinical skills”

“Very good summary of major palliative care over the two days”


  • GPs: £115 per day or £220 if attending both (£110 per day or £210 if attending both for RCGP member and Hull York Medical School Clinical Tutors)
  • Hull York Medical School Alumni/GP Registrars: £100 per day or £190 if attending both

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Cancellations and change of attendee

If you book a place on a course but you are unable to attend, we will refund your fees as follows:

  • If you give more than 30 days' notice: 90% refund
  • If you give between 15 and 30 days' notice: 50% refund
  • If you give fewer than 15 days' notice: no refund
  • Change of attendee £25

Occasionally, we are unable to run an advertised course because of an insufficient number of delegates or for other reasons outside our control. If this happens, we reserve the right to cancel the course. When you book one of our short courses, we will contact you at least one week before it starts to confirm that it is running. We advise not to make travel and accommodation arrangements until you receive this confirmation.