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Thu, 05 Sept


Virtual Event

New to Reception Programme

This course is aim at Receptionists that are less than 18 months in their role.

Registration closes 01 Sept 2024, 16:30

Time & Location

05 Sept 2024, 13:00 – 16:30

Virtual Event


About the event

5 Days :

Understanding the NHS 05.09.24,

Roles & Responsibilities of the Receptionist 12.09.24,

Providing Services to Patients 24.09.24,

Confidentiality in Primary Care 10.10.24,

Communication and Customer Service 22.10.24.

Individuals must attend all five sessions

Ensure you are availbale for all dates and have the backing of your Practice before signing up to this Programme. 

Workshop Objective

The aim of these workshops are to equip your reception staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to work effectively in general practice. The workshops will cover the following aspects of being a receptionist:

  • Understanding the NHS
  • Roles & Responsibilities of the Receptionist
  • Providing Services to Patients
  • Confidentiality in Primary Care
  • Communication & Customer Service
Understanding the NHS -05.09.24.

This workshop is designed specifically for receptionists working in the primary care sector.

This workshop will introduce the overall receptionist programme as well as bringing delegates up to date with local and national developments within the primary care sector of the NHS.

The workshop will provide knowledge and information on the structure of both the local and national NHS as well as focusing on the work of the Care Quality Commission and how services are developing.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcome of this workshops are;

  • Course administration
  • Overview of the five module programme
  • The NHS: history and background
  • National and local NHS structures
  • Where and how services are delivered
  • Who’s who in the primary health care team
  • Who does what in the wider NHS
  • CQC regulation
  • GPs as independent contractors
  • Duties of a doctor
  • GMS, PMS Contracts
  • Quality services
  • Session summary and final questions
  • Preparation for the next session

The Role & Responsibilities of the Receptionist - 12.09.24.

This workshop is designed specifically for receptionists working in the primary care sector.

The aim of this workshop is to examine the key role and responsibilities of the receptionist and to focus on the skills and knowledge required to fulfil this role effectively.

Delegates will learn about the importance of effective teamwork as well as addressing some of the common areas of work carried out by the receptionist such as patients registrations and prescribing.

The workshop will also look briefly at performance appraisal and how to use self development activities to develop skills and knowledge.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes of this workshops are:

  • The role of the Receptionist
  • Skills and knowledge
  • Teamwork in Primary Care
  • Patient registrations
  • New registrations 
  • Non-registered patients
  • Patients from overseas
  • Prescribing
  • The receptionist’s role
  • Language and terminology
  • Prescribing procedures
  • Developing skills and knowledge
  • Performance appraisal
  • Preparation for the next session
Providing Services to Patients - 24.09.24.

The primary objective of this workshop is to provide delegates with an understanding of the needs of their patients and how their population group is made up. Delegates will learn about diversity and its impact upon health and healthcare and the nature of fair and unfair treatment. Delegates will also examine the impact of disability and the workings of the Equality Act.

The first section will conclude with a look at the NHS complaints procedure and its implementation in general practice. The second part of this workshop will concentrate on health and safety at work with a focus on the key issues to ensure that staff protect themselves and others from the risks at work.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes of this workshops are:

  • Who are your patients: the local population make up
  • Cultural and religious beliefs
  • Their impact upon health and the need for healthcare
  • The Equality Act 2010
  • Complaints in the NHS
  • National and local procedures
  • Support for patients: PALS
  • Handling complaints effectively
  • Health and safety law: how does it affect you at work
  • Your personal responsibilities
  • Assessing the risks you face
  • Working safely
  • Display screen equipment
  • Hazardous substances
  • Personal safety
  • Other risks
  • Preparation for the next session

Confidentiality in General Practice -10.10.24.

This workshop is designed to provide delegates with the knowledge they require to ensure confidentiality in a general practice setting. The workshop will give them an understanding of the key guidance and legislation as well as practical ways in which confidentiality should be maintained.

The workshop will use common scenarios and examples to examine the risks and the appropriate actions that should be taken. Delegates will conclude with an action plan to clarify the key improvements or changes that need to be implemented.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcome of this workshops are;

  • Confidentiality in general practice: why is it important?
  • The GuidanceThe Data Protection Act 2018
  • Caldicott
  • Other NHS guidance
  • Identifying the confidentiality risks
  • Conversations
  • Patients viewing information
  • Telephone
  • Transmitting information
  • Access and disclosure of information
  • To the patient
  • To third parties
  • Within the NHS
  • Confidentiality code of conduct: the standards required
  • Security in practice: protecting confidential information
  • Questions & action planning
  • Preparation for next session
Communication & Customer Service -  22.10.24.

This workshop is designed to provide delegates with the knowledge and skills they require to make a positive impact at work. The workshop will look at all aspects of communication between the practice and the patients and will cover positive communication in a variety of ways.

Delegates will look at assertiveness, good telephone techniques and using positive language and body language. All of these aims to reduce the potential for communication failure and the disruption this can bring.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes of this workshops are:

  • The importance of communication
  • Communication barriers and breakdowns
  • Communication and good customer service
  • Positive language
  • The NHS Zero Tolerance campaign
  • Communication with the telephone
  • Assertiveness at work
  • Dealing with unhappy patients
  • Saying no
  • Assertive body language
  • Assertiveness techniques

Registration closes 01 Sept 2024, 16:30

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