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Caring for the Whole Person and the Wider Community

GPs must take a holistic approach to patient care, on an individual, team, organisational, or health-system level. Caring for the Whole Person and the Wider Community covers these more challenging, and less tangible aspects of a GP’s CPD, relying on the integration of the capabilities learned earlier in training. Trainees should also consider a patient’s physical, emotional, social, spiritual, cultural, and economic well-being, in addition to a disease-based perspective, in order to achieve whole-person care. Whilst focussing on the individual, doctors must also consider the diversity of the population, and any international health factors.


Caring for the Whole Person and the Wider Community – Core Capabilities

The Core Capabilites within Caring for the Whole Person and the Wider Community are:

Practising Holistically and Promoting Health

Trainee GPs will learn to consider physical, psychological, socioeconomic, and cultural factors of health – and should encourage health improvement, self-management, preventative medicine and shared care planning with patients. Doctors should also understand that holistic care is dependent upon the patient’s perspective, and that the same treatment can be interpreted in a variety of ways, dependent on the patient – be it for social, spiritual, or religious reasons.

The Competences within Practising Holistically and Promoting Health are:

Demonstrating the Holistic Mindset of a General Practitioner

As part of Caring for the Whole Person and the Wider Community, candidates should demonstrate an understanding of the following competences:

 MRCGP assessments: CSA, WPBA (CbD, COT, PSQ, MSF, CSR). For more information see our Assessment Tools page.

Supporting Individuals Through Health, Illness, and Recovery

As part of Caring for the Whole Person and the Wider Community, candidates should demonstrate an understanding of the following competences:

MRCGP assessments: CSA, WPBA (CbD, COT, PSQ, CSR). For more information see our Assessment Tools page.

Community Orientation

GPs manage the health of local populations, and should understand the need to engage with the community, and invest in delivering evidence-based healthcare in a sustainable manner. Trainees will learn to understand the limitations and socio-economic factors of the community in which they work. The role of the GP is changing, however, and many GPs do not live within the area in which they work – requiring more of an effort on the doctor’s part to understand their community. GPs may also need to work on behalf of a group or demographic whose needs are not being met.

The Competences within Community Orientation are:

Understanding the Health Service and the Role of the GP

As part of Caring for the Whole Person and the Wider Community, candidates should demonstrate an understanding of the following competences:

MRCGP assessments: AKT, CSA, WPBA (CbD, COT, CSR). For more information see our Assessment Tools page.

Building Community Relationships

As part of Caring for the Whole Person and the Wider Community, candidates should demonstrate an understanding of the following competences:

MRCGP assessments: WPBA (CbD, PSQ, MSF, CSR). For more information see our Assessment Tools page.

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