Group consultations: Together, patients are stronger

What are group consultations?

Group consultations are a way for primary care practices to bring together individuals for support with long-term conditions, helping them to better manage their own health and share their experiences and learning.

While a traditional clinician and patient appointment, such as an asthma or diabetes review, lasts around 20-30 minutes, group consultations can run for around 90 minutes and allow up to 12 participants to spend more time with their healthcare team – and each other. The sessions are generally led by a facilitator, who could be any member of the practice team, with medical or therapeutic input from the appropriate clinicians or allied health professionals.

Group consultations continue to foster a sense of community between patients and staff, allowing everyone to learn from each other in a safe and secure setting, making a real difference to day-to-day life.

Although group consultations have been around for many years, the concept is new to Tavyside and we are therefore only offering limited clinics whilst we find our feet.

Our current offerings are:

  • Pre-diabetes 

In time, we aim to offer the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Menopause 

 

We appreciate this is a new way of providing patient care and we understand people might be slightly apprehensive about coming along to one of our sessions. Patients from our previous clinic have provided excellent feedback.

Please click on the video link to your left (or above) which is a short clip of on how a group consultation works. 

Please click on the video to your right (or below) to see patients talking about how beneficial they’ve found the session.