Group consultations are a way for you to join people with similar health issues and consult with your facilitator and nurse for longer. People who have participated in face to face group clinics say that they enjoy hearing from other people in a similar situation and having longer to talk about their worries.
At the start of the group, the facilitator will ask you to fill out a consent form before the group can start. By ticking the box, you are consenting to attending a group clinic and consenting for medical information regarding the condition to be shared amongst the group. This also means consenting to not discussing other patient's details outside of the group.
This video shows the amazing impact our group clinics are having on patients who attend.
They give you more time with your clinician than you would get in a traditional review, and allow you to learn from others with the same health condition as you.
Patients have said they enjoy sharing their concerns, what has worked for them and what doesn’t but also hearing from other people’s success; feeling a sense of belonging and that they are no longer alone in trying to manage their condition such as asthma, diabetes or COPD.
What happens in a group clinic?
A typical clinic will last around 60 minutes. You will be greated by a trained facilitator who will support the session.
At the start of the group, the facilitator will ask you to fill out a consent form before the group can start. By ticking the box, you are consenting to medical information regarding the condition to be shared amongst the group. This also means consenting to not discussing other patient's details outside of the group.
You will be able to review and discuss the results you have agreed to share such as blood pressure, peak flow etc and come up with questions for your clinician who will join the group and have one to one consultations with each member. During this time people often join in and share ideas and problem-solve together.
The facilitator will wrap at around an hour and you might want to set goals for yourself. Following the group you may want to make a one to one appointment to go through anything you didn’t want to share in the group situation or your clinician may want to arrange follow-up tests or referrals.
Feedback from Patients
"Initially sceptical of this type of consultation but found it very informative and recieved a detailed consultation which I was worried about not recieving"
At the end of every session, we request feedback from the group so we can constantly improve our group sessions.
This is just some of the lovely feedback we have recieved.
What Worked Well in the Group Clinic Today?
Good Group Chats with practical advice. All questions answered.
Open forum and hearing other people's input
Useful information re Diabetes and referencing ideas on the website
Input from Nurse and Pharmacist
Explanation of things and a chance to discuss with others
What Could We Improve On?
Can't think of Anything
A few Recipe ideas (These can now be found on our Healthy Eating and Weight Loss page)
Last Updated: 28/12/2023