Key questions on vaginal discharge

Dr Olwen Jones on whether self-taken genital swabs are acceptable in teenagers, speculum examinations in pregnancy and treating recurrent thrush

1.5 CPD hours

Clinical casebook: hypertension

Consultant cardiologist Dr Angus Nightingale and clinical research fellow Dr Thomas Hinton on blood pressure monitoring, contraindications to general anaesthesia and what blood pressure targets GPs should be aiming for.

1 CPD hour
Video module - Premium

Recognising and referring signs of sepsis

Dr Simon Stockley advises on key warning signs for sepsis and referring cases to secondary care

1 CPD hour
Case-Based Learning


Module summary

This interactive module will update you on the diagnosis, assessment and management of COPD

Learning objectives

To improve your understanding of:

  • The diagnosis of COPD, including the differentials
  • Assessment of severity
  • Treatment strategies
  • Home oxygen prescribing
  • Management of exacerbations


In this interactive module, you will learn as you work through real-life primary care patient scenarios. You will be assessed before starting the module and again at the end, to gauge how your knowledge has improved.

You don’t have to complete the whole module in one sitting. You can break off at any point mid-module and pick up again where you left off by pressing the Resume Module button alongside the module title in your Pulse-Learning CPD log.


Dr John O’Reilly is a consultant physician at University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool, and honorary lecturer at Liverpool University. He was clinical advisor to the NICE COPD guideline update 2010 and NICE COPD quality standard, and chair of the BTS COPD specialty advisory group and RCP Map of Medicine for COPD.

This module was first published in April 2013, but was revised and updated in February 2015 by Dr John O’Reilly to incorporate new guidance, research and changes to therapy.

Date module published
Module due for review
Suggested number of CPD credits
Completing this module will earn you a certificate for a suggested
2 CPD hours
By showing evidence of impact you could double that to
4 CPD hours
What other GPs said after completing this module
I remain confused about when ICS should not be used
Shonagh speed-andrews
Very good module
Bharathi Chillala
a good module
doug Goss
good module, but now a few years out of date and should be updated soon
Paul Begley
Very good