Friday 23rd February 2018

WONCA News – February 2018
The latest WONCA News (February 2018) is now available on the WONCA website with all news, views and information.

Core Competencies for Family Doctors in Mental Health Care
As family doctors, we frequently come into contact with patients with mental health problems. But many of us are uncertain about what family doctors should be able to do to help them. WONCA’s Working Party for Mental Health has produced guidance on what can reasonably be expected of all trained and qualified family doctors, working in primary care settings in any part of the world, when caring for people with mental health problems. In this month’s WONCA News, Professor Chris Dowrick, chair of the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health, writes about the latest resource produced by his Working Party : Core Competencies of Family Doctors in Mental Health Care. For more details and to access the document go to:

Education for Primary Care – February free online access
A further reminder that every month the journal Education for Primary Care provides WONCA members with free access to one interesting article. This month they are offering free access to a paper from Maggie Bartlett and the team at Keele Medical School UK on community attachments for 15 weeks in final year:
Knowledge leech’ to ‘part of the team’: students’ learning in rural communities of practice
Read also the accompanying stimulating commentary from Paul Worley. 2018 is a year when we must move for change in medical schools. As Paul Worley observes: “why do we continue to tolerate, despite increasing evidence, the perceivable injustices of the current learning environments we offer doctors in training”.
Why do we persist with teaching students in antagonistic unrepresentative learning environments?

And while you are there why not read Val’s editorial?
We do not receive wisdom. We must discover it for ourselves

Resources Added to the WONCA Website – 2018
As well as the resources listed above, a number of other new resources have been added on the WONCA website, and we urge you all to have a look. Some are from our Working Parties (WP) and our Special Interest Groups (SIG) – such as the WONCA WP on Rural Practice; the WONCA SIG on Non-Communicable Diseases; and the WONCA SIG on Family Violence.

There are also a number of Goodfellow Gems (chosen by the Goodfellow director Dr Bruce Arroll to be either practice changing or practice maintaining. The information is educational and not clinical advice) and also PEARLS (Practical Evidence About Real Life Situations – brief, minimalistic summaries of Cochrane Primary care systematic reviews with the answer in the title (so you only read the ones you like).

WONCA Featured Doctor: Dr Katarzyna Nessler (Poland) – Vasco da Gama Preconference Chair
Katarzyna Nessler is the chair of the Host Organising Committee of the preconference of the Vasco da Gama Movement (for European young family doctors), coming up in Krakow 2018, in association with the WONCA Europe conference. Read more about Katarzyna, her involvement in the Vasco da Gama Movement and her hopes for the VdGM 2018 pre-conference at: