A new masters degree in urgent care has been launched in response to planned changes to healthcare policy and general practice in the UK.
The MSc in Urgent Care, which will begin this September at Brunel University in west London, aims to equip GPs with the knowledge and professional competencies required to treat patients needing medical assistance for minor injuries and illnesses, as well as urgent or unscheduled care.
It is a direct response to policy changes which will see patients that require urgent or unscheduled care being managed by a GP in emergency care centres rather than by NHS trusts.
Professor Lorraine De Souza, head of the university's School of Health Sciences and Social Care, said: "With these new changes to the healthcare system in the UK, the role of GPs will be changing and it is imperative that GPs receive the necessary further education and training in urgent care practice. We've designed this course to directly address these changes."
As well as enhancing graduates' professional competencies in urgent and unscheduled care, the course will also equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of operational and strategic management and successful leadership approaches.