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General Practice - Reflection on Five Years of Multidisciplinary Training at Medical Centre Gütersloh
  1. Dr HGJ van den Heuvel, General Practitioner1
  1. 1Medical Centre Gütersloh, Princess Royal Barracks, British Forces Post Office 47 0049 5241 842536 0049 5241 842818 rickvandenheuvel{at}doctors.org.uk

Abstract

Background Medical Centre Gütersloh is a primary care setting which provides the full range of general practice care for British Forces Germany Health Service (BFG HS). The aim of this article is to evaluate the multidisciplinary training organised by the author there, to exchange information and to provide suggestions for improvement and development.

Methods Description of the training scheme and analysis of routinely collected management data.

Results The training scheme is based on adult education principles with a focus on interactive learning. Over the period November 2005 – July 2010 a total of 1201 members of staff from various disciplines participated in 86 documented training sessions. The majority of the attending staff considered the training to be relevant, interesting and well presented. A substantial proportion indicated that they would change their practice as a result of the training. These views remained stable over time. The majority of facilitators consisted of medical centre employees.

Conclusions This article provides an overview on five years of multidisciplinary training in a general practice setting. Overall feedback from staff suggests that the training has been highly valued over those years. However, it is recognised that this evaluation has its limitations and suggestions are made regarding how these types of training schemes can be improved and developed further.

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