Virtual Group Consultations Update

Virtual Group Consultations in City and Hackney

City & Hackney CCG are developing and testing the use of Virtual Group Consultations (vGCs) to help manage LTCs and to review patients with  symptoms of Covid-19. A virtual Group Consultation is similar to a face to face  Group Consultation (a one-to-one clinical appointment within a group setting) conducted remotely, over a software platform such as Microsoft Teams. There is enormous scope to use virtual group consultations to deliver remote consulting, whilst also reducing social isolation and creating peer support groups for patients. Never before has there been such a need and opportunity for virtual consultations in the UK to mobilise routine care for our patients

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At this stage in the Covid-19 lockdown, practices are now beginning to shift some of their focus back towards management of chronic conditions, to align with City & Hackney’s LTC strategy, which aims to keep patients out of hospital and prevent services from coming under additional pressure from acute exacerbations of chronic conditions. Virtual GCs have great potential to help deliver excellent patient care, despite social distancing, and are able to be used across a variety of different areas: Chronic disease reviews, mental health, review of Covid-19 symptoms, social prescribing for vulnerable groups. Virtual GCs provide the opportunity for medication reviews, completion of care plans and can count as a Time to Talk consultation. 

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The delivery of face-to-face training around Group Consultations is on hold for now, however the training team are looking to hear from practices who are keen to re mobilise routine services through the delivery of Virtual Group Consultations and will set up virtual training sessions for those interested, can you please contact to register your practices interest

Alternatively you can keep your Group Consultation skills up-to-date by accessing our e learning programme and resources, which is available through your practice manager

The British Society of Lifestyle Medicine (BSLM) are holding a free webinar on Thursday 21st May at 2pm about virtual Group Consultations. This will expand on evidence and practice across several different countries. Please see their website for more information: and also please find attached a link to earlier webinars on virtual group consultations

Please see below two training dates that anyone in your practice can book onto for a 90 minute virtual training session on setting up Virtual Group Consultations. These sessions will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.

Tuesday 21st July – 12.30pm to 2.00pm

Wednesday 29th July – 12noon – 1.30pm

We are limited in numbers for each session so if we can ask you to confirm which date works best for your practice, and who from your practice will be attending. Please email with this information.