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Core skills in musculoskeletal care


Each year 20% of people in the UK consult a GP about a musculoskeletal problem. Our free online programme, Core skills in musculoskeletal care, will give you the knowledge and skills to treat these patients.

Core skills has been developed in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

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Is the programme suitable for me?

Core skills is aimed at GPs and other healthcare professionals. The programme contains two courses which are broken down into modules. The modules focus on a primary care approach to the assessment, diagnosis, investigation and treatment of musculoskeletal problems.

Modules cover:

  • inflammatory arthritis
  • osteoarthritis
  • gout and polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR)
  • fibromyalgia
  • common upper and lower limb conditions
  • back and neck pain.

In each module you'll have quizzes and assessments to test your learning and aid understanding.

What do I get?

Core skills will allow you to improve your skills and increase your confidence in treating patients with musculoskeletal problems."Very useful – broadened my understanding and knowledge in dealing with one of the most common presentations in general practice."Core skills participant

You can choose individual modules and complete them at your own pace. You'll get an e-certificate when you complete every module in a course and you can earn up to 5 CPD hours.

The course also counts towards CPD appraisals and you can download your comments to use as evidence in your portfolio.

You can also use our musculoskeletal impact toolkit to demonstrate reflection on and make improvements in musculoskeletal patient care.

How do I access the programme?

To access the programme and to find out more about the course, visit

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