GPBuddy.ie was established as a medical directory, but as it has become recognised and trusted by GPs, that initial concept has grown. GPBuddy.ie have partnered with NB Medical, led by Dr Simon Curtis, an Oxford-based GP, to provide monthly educational articles for members. NB Medical runs the ‘Hot Topics’ courses twice a year in Ireland and they look at the latest journal evidence and guidelines on various GP-related topics to produce easy-to-digest information. All of the Hot Topics enable GPs to accrue external CPD points.
As well as managing the website, Dr Ó Ciardha is a lecturer in general practice, Assistant Director on the Trinity College Dublin/HSE GP Training Programme, and a GP. Since 2003, he has been heavily involved with representative and academic activity in Irish general practice. So how does he juggle all of his jobs? “With multiple interests good planning is essential; the best advice I’ve ever had was to keep a list of things to do. I have a ratty A4 pad I bring everywhere with me!” says Dr Ó Ciardha.
“Being an assistant programme director on the TCD/HSE GP Training Scheme is very fulfilling because I am involved with training the next generation of GPs, and it also helps with keeping me up-to-date with the latest developments. We are co-located with the TCD Department of Public Health and Primary Care in Tallaght Hospital. This brings a lot of advantages, including supporting our mutual interests, particularly in the research area. It also gives me a great opportunity to lecture to the medical undergraduates as they rotate through their GP block.”