Doctor computer systemThe British Global and Travel Health Association (BGTHA) has launched a new online training course to help GPs, nurses and pharmacists who provide health care advice to patients planning a trip abroad.

The online course is accredited by the Faculty of Travel Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow).

The course has been researched and written by experts, nearly all of whom are Members or Fellows of the Travel Medicine Faculty at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow), while the IT programming was developed thanks to an Independent Education Grant from GlaxoSmithKlein.

The course aims to:

  • Provide advice on how to avoid health risks through lifestyle adjustments, vaccinations and other means of prophylaxis
  • Make a risk assessment, prioritizing the most important of these risks for the particular traveller
  • Help practitioners seeing patients after return from abroad to quickly identify illnesses they may not be familiar with and when to seek specialist help 
  • Give guidance on setting up and running a travel clinic.

Questions for self-assessment are included throughout the course in True/False style and students get immediate feedback on their progress and performance. On completion of the course, a certificate is awarded for CPD purposes.

Registration costs £50, which gives access to the whole course for a period of 6 months, after which access can be renewed.

The course is currently being piloted prior to its launch. Details of how to register will be available on the BGTHA website at www.bgtha.org as soon as the pilot is completed.