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Principles of Primary Care International CPD course

About the course

Dates: (Next course dates will be announced soon)

The COVID-19 outbreak has highlighted the importance of primary care in delivering effective healthcare. Testing, vaccination, caring for people in their homes, aftercare of those hospitalised and helping the families who have lost loved ones - are all services delivered by primary care and cornerstones of global solutions to health crises. Provision of these services makes primary care the most effective form of healthcare* and it is the principle vehicle through which the WHO envisages delivering health for all**.

But what is primary care? What are its core principles? How does it deliver such outstanding health outcomes? Despite their increasing roles, there remains uncertainty about how primary care and public health can be effective in different healthcare systems. A clear understanding of what primary care is and what it can deliver is therefore essential. 

*Starfield B. Is primary care essential? The Lancet. 1994;344(8930):1129-33.
**WHO, Editor Primary Health Care - Report of the International Conference on Primary Health Care, Alma Ata, USSR, . Health for all 1978; Alma-Ata. Geneva

Course expertise

The course is delivered by a panel of internationally recognised practitioners and researchers. All have been key contributors towards defining what primary care is and providing the evidence that underpins it:

  • Professor Alex Harding - Course Director, Family Practitioner, Co-Chair of UK Heads of Teachers and advisor to WHO education group
  • Dr Rob Daniels – Course Facilitator, Family Practitioner with experience of rural and remote medicine
  • Tina Teague - Healthcare management consultant who specialises in service design and development


Designed for an international and UK audience of health practitioners, analysts and or policy makers including (but not limited to):

  • General Practice
  • Paramedics
  • Radiography
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Pharmacy

For more details about the course including fees and delivery click on the course details tab below.

You can read about the origins of the course in this article, 'How Exeter is helping to strengthen primary care expertise globally'.

Contact us

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