Osteoporosis Resources for Primary Care

About Osteoporosis Resources for Primary Care

This osteoporosis resource is a joint initiative of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the National Osteoporosis Society. Its aim is to equip GPs, practice nurses and other members of the practice team with relevant information about osteoporosis to support you in the identification, assessment and management of osteoporosis in primary care.


Royal College of General Practitioners

How to use this resource:

You can work through the sections in order or go directly to a section of particular interest. Click on the section headings below and select the session you wish to view. 

The Introduction, Identification, Investigation, Initiation and Information sections will guide you through developing an understanding of osteoporosis, its diagnosis and management.

The Frameworks & Guidance section provides links to guidance - including NICE, SIGN and NOGG - to give you an appreciation of the wider context of osteoporosis treatment.

The Practice Nurses section has been developed specifically for Practice Nurses and provides information on the role of the practice nurse in osteoporosis care. 

There is an optional online assessment

Assessment: This online assessment will test users on the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients with osteoporosis specifically in Primary Care. The course is FREE and is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners. The assessment costs £50 and two CPD credits are available upon its successful completion.

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After taking the ORPC assessment, you may also be interested in these e-learning courses:

-RCGP Osteoporosis e-learning 

-Fracture Prevention Practitioner Training (e-Learning)

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Further information for your patients

We provide fact sheet, leaflets and booklets for your patients as well as facilitating support groups, information awareness events and a free nurse led helpline.

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Author information

The information within the ORPC has been written by GPs with a specialist interest in osteoporosis:

  • Jonathan Bayly

    Jonathan Bayly Visiting Fellow at the University of Derby

  • Pam Brown

    Pam Brown Dr Pam Brown is an Edinburgh graduate

  • Wendy Carr

    Wendy Carr Wendy Carr graduated in Medicine in Aberdeen

  • Alun Cooper

    Alun Cooper Alun Cooper is a full time GP in Crawley

  • Graham Davenport

    Graham Davenport RCGP Clinical Champion for Osteoporosis

  • Sally Hope

    Sally Hope Dr Sally Hope has been a GP Principal in Oxfordshire

  • Tom Margham

    Tom Margham Tom Margham is a GP based in East London

  • Paul Mitchell

    Paul Mitchell Managing Director of Synthesis Medical

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