Free training course for GPs, nurses and clinical staff only. Not open to the general public.



Date: Wednesday, June 15, 9.00-16.30

Venue: Ivy House, Ivy Terrace, Eastbourne

Trainer: Dr Malcolm Thomas, EPI


Highly relevant to our service and to my clinical practice.”

Dr Peter Devlin, Portslade GP and Clinical Director, BICS


Shared decision making is all the rage. Except that we often have a “best buy” suggestion to make to patients, and likewise most patients quite like the doctor or nurse to give them an opinion.

However, many chronic diseases and some more acute situations have two or more valid treatment options, and in these situations we need the patient’s input in order to reach a decision that is adequately shared. The benefit is that patients who feel involved in decisions are more likely to follow the plan.

Sharing decisions, communicating risk is a full day seminar that:


·         Rehearses the “best buy” skills that increase effectiveness and reduce medico-legal and clinical risk

·         Uses a skills framework for improving consultations

·         Involves practical exercises

·         Includes lunch and refreshments

·         Counts for six hours CPD

The course comes highly recommended by health professionals in Brighton where it has run several times during the last year.  It is now coming to East Sussex, courtesy of Sussex MSK Partnership East.

If you would like to attend please contact Jo Dorrill on 01323 819871 or email


About the trainer

Malcolm Thomas was a GP principal for 14 years in a 10,000 patient teaching practice in Northumberland. 

He has held posts with Newcastle University Medical School and has been extensively involved in GP Training, culminating in six years as Associate Director of Postgraduate GP Education in the Northern Deanery in Newcastle upon Tyne. His main clinical and teaching interest has always been the challenge of fashioning effective and time efficient consultations with patients.  This led to his founding EPI in 2003 – to specialise in developing high quality and practical training focusing on this outcome.