Clinicians, other healthcare professionals and patients are always seeking better ways to offer and receive high quality care. That’s why around the UK GP practices and many hospital departments now offer Group Consultations.
Group Consultations, also known as Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs), are a new way of engaging patients in self-managing their chronic diseases, most of which are lifestyle related diseases and which can be complex and life-long.
Group Consultations are: “A series of consecutive individual clinical consultations delivered in a supportive group setting, where all can listen, interact, and learn.”
While the conventional 1:1 appointment typically lasts 10-15 minutes, a Group Consultations appointment is up to 90 minutes long, allowing participants to spend more time with their healthcare team. This enables the root causes (and even reversal) of disease to be explored and shared.
So at a time when we appear to be struggling to cope with the rise of long term conditions we have a solution, which is both effective, reflects the real world and is morale-boosting! Group Consultations represent a procedure within Lifestyle Medicine, which really works for both the clinician and the patient.
BSLM is delighted to be supporting the spread of Group Consultations around the UK.
We look forward to you joining in!