Virtual Group Consultations

Why are Virtual Group Consultations the key to continuity of care during COVID-19?

In response to the developing COVID-19 crisis, we teamed up with the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine, in collaboration with the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine to put together a series of resources around Virtual Group Consultations.

 

We have brought together experts in lifestyle medicine and group consultations to explore how we can maintain continuity of care for patients with chronic conditions at this challenging time.

 

While global health services are focused on tackling the pandemic, planned/routine for non-COVID patients will remain critical. So how do we innovate while safely and efficiently supporting patients with chronic disease during the international lockdown?

 

Purpose of Virtual Group Consultation Resources:

  • Inform and empower patients at high risk of COVID-19
  • Manage triage of COVID-19 symptomatic patients safely and efficiently
  • Provide continuity of care for chronic disease patients you would normally see face-to-face
  • Consider virtual groups for antenatal care
  • Motivate and engage other staff who are self-isolating or infected by contributing to the effort and safely delivering care

Virtual Webinar Sessions:

Webinar One Replays

Dr Rob Lawson

(Chairman of BSLM & President of European Lifestyle Medicine Council)

Introduction and Welcome

Professor Kamalini Ramdas

(London Business School)

The Need for Innovation

Dr Fraser Birrell

(BSLM)

Overview of Virtual Group Consultations during COVID

Marianne Sumego, MD

(Cleveland Clinic)

Safe & efficient triage of COVID symptomatic patients and moving a whole service onto Virtual Shared Medical Appointments.

Jessica Lewis

(Yale School of Public Health)

Keeping maternity services running virtually

Tracey Taveira

(Pharmacist & Nurse Practitioner, Rhode Island University)

Virtual SMAs for diabetes patients

Professor Garry Egger

(Southern Cross University)

Informing and empowering patients at high risk of COVID

John Stevens

(Southern Cross University)

Continuity of care for chronic disease patients

Alison Manson

(Group Consultations – Training Lead)

Implementing Virtual Group Consultations

We invite you to provide some feedback once you have reviewed the above videos.

Virtual Webinar Sessions:

Webinar Two Replays

Dr Wayne Dysinger

(ACLM)

Introduction and Welcome

Ed Noffsinger

Standing Virtually on the Shoulders of Giants

Dr Fraser Birrell

(BSLM)

Update on Virtual Group Consultations during COVID

Marianne Sumego, MD

(Cleveland Clinic)

Data Collection on Shared Medical Appointments

Professor Garry Egger

(Southern Cross University)

Scaling, Leadership & International Collaboration

Alison Manson

(Group Consultations – Training Lead)

Satisfaction & Support for Virtual Group Consultations

We invite you to provide some feedback once you have reviewed the above videos.

Virtual Webinar Sessions:

Webinar Three Replays

Stephen Penman

(ASLM)

Introduction and Welcome

Dr Fraser Birrell

(BSLM)

Update on Virtual Group Consultations during COVID

Jannette Ickovics

(Yale)

Embedding innovation into guidelines & routine practice

Matt State

(UCSF)

Going fully virtual: treatment and support groups for Psychiatry

Alison Manson

(Group Consultations – Training Lead)

Resources & support for Virtual Group Consultations

We invite you to provide some feedback once you have reviewed the above videos.

Virtual Group Consultations: Frequently Asked Questions

During the webinar, we asked those taking part to submit any questions to speakers so we could compile a FAQs document to support those looking to implement Virtual Group Consultations.

Virtual Group Consultations: Free Online Resources

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You can access free online resources to help you via the Group Consultations App

or download them below:

Virtual Group Consultations: Patient & Staff Evaluation

It is important that those implementing Virtual Group Consultations register through the Group Consultations App to share what they are using Virtual Group Consultations for, the frequency and scale (average group size and staff delivering).

We have set up country-specific satisfaction questions on the ThoughtCloud platform to give clinical teams an easy option for collecting feedback which can then be compared within and between countries with opportunities to share rich text, verbal and video feedback as well as ratings, if desired.

 

For each country there is a unique link for patients (P1) and staff (S1) for their first virtual group consultation. Plus links for two questions after every virtual group consultation including the first: again for patients (P2 & P3) and staff (S2 &S3). Please select your country below, then copy & share the relevant links through your preferred platform.

Virtual Group Consultations: Patient Advocates

We want to create a patient forum to make this clear it is a grassroots clinical innovation that patients co-design and champion.

 

If you agreed during the live webinar or would now like to nominate patient leads/advocates for virtual group consultations, you are invited to forward the below link to patients you would nominate. (We suggest one or two per team/practice – especially the 116 (16%) of teams from the first webinar who are already delivering Virtual Group Consultations).

 

https://forms.gle/UuXSSb5FbBksNu528

Next Virtual Group Consultations Webinar

We plan to hold the third virtual group consultations webinar with other speakers & topics, on June 24th 2020.  (UK 14:00 BST; USA 09:00 EDT; AUSTRALIA 23:00 AEST).

Provisional Programme

PROVISIONAL Programme
• Introduction & Welcome- Rob Lawson, BSLM
• Update on Virtual Group Consultations During COVID- Dr Fraser Birrell, BLSM
• Adapting Low carb groups to COVID, David Unwin, Southport
• Pregnancy Circles during COVID, Angela Harden, University of East London
• Virtual Pain Care, Bart Morlion, Leuven
• Lessons from Scaling COVID Virtual Group Consultations Dr John Stevens, Southern Cross
• Supporting you to deliver virtual group consultations – Alison Manson, National Training Lead
• Summary & next steps- Dr Fraser Birrell
• Panel Q&A and wrap-up, Rob Lawson

In the meantime if you have a query please do not hesitate to contact us at info@groupconsultations.com or fill in the contact form below.