PBSGL Module Production Plans for 2019-2020

PBSGL Module Production Plans for 2019-2020


Before Christmas we undertook our annual survey of proposed modules to be produced in 2019-2020.


We received over 700 responses which has helped us decide which modules will be produced in 2019-2020, these are as follows:


1. The health benefits of a) exercise b) food supplements. Exercise is often advised for primary and secondary prevention – but how to advise patients in detail? The benefits (if any) of food supplements such as vitamin D will also be discussed

2. Uro-gynaecology Short Cases e.g. microscopic haematuria, urinary incontinence, and the overactive bladder. Note there are published modules available which study menopausal symptoms, menorrhagia, pelvic pain and prolapse

3. Gastro-intestinal short cases e.g. dyspepsia, coeliac disease, the qFIT test for Ca colon. This module will not study larger topics that already have PBSGL modules published e.g. Inflammatory Bowel Disease 

4. Atrial Fibrillation. This module will discuss diagnosis and treatment in Primary Care, including the role of the Novel Anti-coagulant drugs (NOACs)

5. Autism spectrum disorders in adults. The services for children with ASD are generally good, with detailed diagnosis performed and educational or psychological follow-up. This is not the case for adults, before or after diagnosis

6. Sepsis. Sepsis is responsible for more deaths in the UK than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined, and rates are rising. The NHS has taken the view that earlier diagnosis and management is needed to reverse this trend

7. Chronic Kidney Disease. This module will study the diagnosis and management of this condition in primary care

8. Common cancer referral pathways. Diagnosis of common cancers is now streamlined using referral pathways, with red flags available to diagnose several cancers including lung, bowel, breast. This module will not study prostate cancer

9. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.  These conditions have a significant effect on health, but there remains controversy about nomenclature, diagnosis and treatment, and the evidence base for these

10. Leadership in Primary Care 

11. Drug misuse. This module will study the misuse of illegal drugs including cannabis, prescribed medicines including painkillers and sleeping tablets, but will specifically not cover the misuse of alcohol or tobacco