This web workshop is part of a wider programme to provide an introduction to new frontline staff or those working in general practice who would benefit from learning more about the various NHS initiatives to improve the patient experience including signposting, the new ARRS roles and personalised care.

We will also look at Equality, diversity and Inclusion and why this important in general practice. Delegates will be able to apply the learning to every-day situations back in the practice.

The workshop will be interactive – delegates will be encouraged to share any challenges and conflicts they may have already encountered – our facilitator will also share their experiences from GP practice.

Slides handouts will be sent to delegates prior to this web workshop and certificates of attendance are awarded after the workshop.

At the PMA we pride ourselves on the understanding that one size doesn’t fit all and – therefore, we have various formats of our workshops and can adapt any programme / agenda to suit your local needs and necessaries – so, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.

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Workshop Programme

Introduction, Objectives, Why are we here?
Key Characteristics of Excellent Customer Service

  • First Impressions
  • Last Impressions

  • Face to Face engagement
  • Virtual communications
  • Telephone engagement
  • 3 V’s of Communication
  • Non-verbal Communications
Listening for Success

  • Active Listening
  • Open vs Closed Questions
Managing Difficult Converstions

  • Managing Difficult Conversations
  • Conflict resolution – how to handle an aggressive patient
  • Escalating Conflict – recognising the signs
  • Complaints Handling & management of challenging patients
Introduction to Signposting

We will look at why Signposting is now a recognised tool to meet demand on GP time and how it can increase access. Discussion will explore the benefits, risks and limits of the approach.

  • Skills and confidence to deliver signposting
  • Understanding what signposting is for
  • Benefits to patients
  • Benefits to the practice
  • Using protocols
  • How to handle emergency situations
  • What advice / appointment should you offer a patient with chest pain / a suicidal patient, etc.
Infection Control
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If you would like more information about any of our workshops, the timings or adapting our programmes to your local needs / requirements, please call 0330 111 6459 or email

Please note that all workshops are delivered online as web workshop sessions – however, if you require face to face workshops, please get in touch and we will be happy to discuss this.

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