Following the discovery from Lipoedema UK’s Big Survey 2014 that only 5% of women completing the survey had been diagnosed by their GP. Lipoedema UK and The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)  developed an elearning course for the diagnosis and management of Lipoedema. The course has also been endorsed by the Royal College of Nurses.

Lipoedema UK’s survey also highlighted the women’s frustration of decades of describing their symptoms to numerous health care professionals only to have their concerns brushed aside. This failure to obtain an early diagnosis and lost opportunity to obtain advice and treatment in the early stages, were also often accompanied by a dismissive attitude and lack of understanding of the problems the women were facing, especially when it was inferred that the patient’s lifestyle may have been the cause Lipoedema.

Edited by Dr Dirk Pilat, contributors to the RCGP’s e learning course include the UK’s leading expert on Lipoedema Professor Peter Mortimer, Dr Sarah Pledger, Lipoedema UK’s Suzanne Evans, Sharie Fetzer and Nurse Consultants Chris Wise and Denise Hardy. 

For anyone who feels they have Lipoedema but are unsure on how to approach their GP, Lipoedema UK Membership pack includes a GP Information pack to provide your GP with information on the course and other resources such as the UK Best Practice Guide for the Management of Lipoedema and why it is important to obtain a diagnosis and early treatment.

During this challenging time for us all the Royal College of GP’s are making their entire e learning content freely available to support all GP’s and Primary Healthcare Professionals. So even if your GP or HCP is not an RCGP member, they have free access to the e learning course on Lipoedema until the 30th June 2020.

The development of the e learning course by Lipoedema UK and the RCGP’s was an important milestone in raising world wide awareness of Lipoedema. With your help and support Lipoedema UK fully funded this course which continues to be as important today. Don’t miss this opportunity to let all your GP and all your Healthcare Professionals obtain credits.

To Access the RCGP learning course on Lipoedema follow the links below:
Below are two links, one to register as a new user, this takes no more than 2 minutes and non-members should select “basic user” as the membership option.
Registration link:
Second link is a direct link to the course, which will take a RCGP registered user straight to the course.
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Sponsoring this elearning course is one of the ways Lipoedema UK are working with the medical profession to  change the landscape for Lipoedema patients.