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Free CPD Training Courses

Medacs Academy members benefit from an annual programme of CPD training courses which are provided completely free of charge.

These renowned courses are presented by industry experts and have been designed to provide locum doctors with a high level of training to support their professional development.  

We collaborate with the General Medical Council and Maguire Healthcare to deliver an exclusive range of CPD training courses,designed specifically to support locum doctors.

All Medacs Academy courses are informative, highly interactive and participative, with focus on the key skills and competencies on various subjects in today’s challenging clinical environments.

Course Programmes

General Medical Council - Locum Best Practice

Developed and delivered in collaboration with the GMC, the highly acclaimed Locum Best Practice course has been specifically tailored to suit the learning needs of locum doctors and is independently accredited by the CPD Certification Service.

This interactive training session brings to life the GMC’s core guidance and offers advice on how to achieve Good Medical Practice. It addresses issues such as professionalism, reflective practice, raising concerns, accountability and partnership working.

Maguire Healthcare - Various topics

Maguire is a specialist in CPD training in the healthcare market and provides a selection of courses designed to provide valuable support and tuition for locum doctors.

The courses on offer are of the highest standard and have been carefully selected to assist in personal development, leadership and appraisal and revalidation.

Courses are delivered by clinical professionals with many years’ experience.

Forthcoming Courses


Course Title




CPD Award

Maguire Mindfulness for Medics 30 Oct London FREE 6 points
GMC Locum Best Practice 6 Nov Glasgow FREE 7 points
GMC Locum Best Practice 12 Nov Basildon FREE 7 points
GMC Locum Best Practice 16 Nov Preston FREE 7 points
Maguire Advanced communication skills for the NHS 20 Nov Manchester FREE 6 points
Maguire Handling difficult conversations 27 Nov London FREE 6 points
GMC Locum Best Practice 6 Dec Basildon FREE 7 points
Maguire Improving patient experience and clinical excellence 11 Dec Manchester FREE 6 points

To find out more about the courses, please click on the one you are interested in below.

Mindfulness for Medics 

This course has been designed to benefit those wishing to introduce a degree of self-awareness and calm into their daily activities. This includes:

  • What is Mindfulness?
  • Why practice Mindfulness? Explore its benefits for health and well-being,
  • Understanding the territory of the mind, how our thoughts affect the way that we feel,
  • Stepping out of our automatic pilot,
  • Bringing Mindfulness into your daily life,
  • Developing self-compassion, learning to be kinder to yourself,
  • Barriers and obstacles,
  • Review personal objectives.

Locum Best Practice  

This course has been developed, and is delivered by the GMC's Regional Liaison Advisors. It comprises four interactive training sessions:

  • Good Medical Practice,
  • Professional Patient Partnerships,
  • Personal Beliefs and Confidentiality,
  • Leadership and Management.

Advanced communication skills for the NHS

Improves communication skills, providing doctors with an advanced skillset for both individual purposes and within their teams across the NHS. The programme includes:

  • Barriers to communication,
  • Selecting the correct method of communication,
  • Non-verbal forms of communication and behaviour,
  • Building rapport and why it breaks down,
  • Influencing and assertiveness,
  • Hints and tips on the art of persuasion.

Handling difficult conversations

Designed to teach proven approaches and techniques to handle difficult and umcomfortable situations. The programme includes:

  • Understanding different personality types and exploring the differences,
  • Dealing with conflict and difficult situations,
  • Breaking bad or sensitive news,
  • Recognising and diffusing aggression,
  • Saying 'No' politely and effectively,
  • Influencing skills to pacify angry or emotional people,
  • Strategies for regaining control,
  • Bringing calm,
  • Arriving at a satisfactory conclusion.

Improving Patient Experience and Clinical Excellence

Focuses on the key skills and competencies required to fully focus on putting the patient first. The programme includes:

  • Identifying the elements of a good patient experience,
  • Building strong patient relationships,
  • Recognising different personality styles and responding accordingly.

To book your place on any of these courses, you must first be a Medacs Academy member.  To join Medacs Academy click here.

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