What is a Virtual Group Consultation (VGC)?
Virtual Group Consultations (VGCs) are an innovative way to bring together individuals for support with long-term conditions using an online platform, helping them to better manage their own health and share their experiences and learning.
While a traditional clinician and patient appointment, such as an asthma or diabetes review, lasts around 10-15 minutes, virtual group consultations can run for 60 – 90 minutes and allow up to 12 participants to spend more time with their healthcare team, and each other.
The sessions are led by a facilitator, who could be any member of the practice team, with input from a variety of our skilled clinicians.
How does a VGC work?
After signing up, you will be sent an invite by email or text with joining instructions.
You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone that has a video and audio function so that you can join a Microsoft Teams meeting.
A Group Consultation Facilitator will guide you through the session to ensure you get the best from it.
Who is eligible for a VGC?
We offer VGCs to patients who are 18+ years old.
We are planning VGCs covering the following conditions and topics:
- Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM)
- Weight loss dietitian
Check back regularly for new conditions and topics, and information on future dates.
Reviews from patients who have taken part in a VGC:
“I really enjoyed it! It was very useful, beautiful presentations, and it was good to hear someone else’s experience.”
“It was really good, usually I have a 5 min phone call which feels like a very quick tick box. This felt a lot better and active.”
“I like how they explained how my body is working with asthma and about the different inhalers.”
- Asthma – Dates coming soon
- Type 2 Diabetes – Dates coming soon
- Weight loss dietitian advice – Dates coming soon
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m not very good with technology, can I still take part?
Yes! We have a variety of patients joining, some of whom are using Teams for the first time. To join, you just need to be able to click on a link that we send to you in a text message or email. The facilitator is there to familiarise you with how things work and assist you if needed.
How does confidentiality work if I am discussing my health in front of a group of other people?
Only eligible participants are sent a link to join the meeting. All participants who join a VGC are required to agree to a confidentiality agreement before taking part. Everyone is asked to take part in a quiet and private environment where they are not going to be overheard. Participants are not permitted to record, film or photograph any part of the session.
I’ve had this condition for years, will I learn anything?
Almost definitely yes! Clinicians can inform you of updates in treatment for your condition. You will also learn from other participants as they share their lived experiences with the same condition and things that have helped them.