FREE to access e-learning module

This e-learning module is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about management of alcohol use disorders, including how the commissioning process works. It will be of particular interest to GPs, nurses and pharmacists and other primary care practitioners.

When you have completed this e-learning module, you will:

  • Be aware of the scale of alcohol related harm in the UK on individuals, families and communities.
  • Be familiar with commissioning processes and structures for alcohol services in England.
  • Have knowledge of evidence based integrated care pathways for alcohol use disorders.
  • Have knowledge of comprehensive assessment of alcohol problems - treatment goals.
  • Understand treatment responses to alcohol use disorders including primary secondary and tertiary responses.
  • Understand the role of clinical interventions in the treatment of alcohol use disorders.
  • Be familiar with a range of physical and mental health problems which result from alcohol use.
  • Have knowledge of "special groups" of people with alcohol use disorders including those with mental health problems.

The notional learning time is 1 hour.

On completion a Certificate of Completion is issued.

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SMMGP is a Registered Charity (#1144964)

PLEASE NOTE: This course is currently under review in advance of content updates. In the meantime no new enrolments will be accepted.

RCGP AccreditedThis RCGP Accredited course is designed for alcohol practitioners including those interested in achieving the level of "Practitioner with Special Interest".

The content of the course focusses on the management of alcohol use disorders including:

  • How to design a primary care based alcohol service.
  • Understanding local commissioning structures and processes.
  • How to design robust care pathways.
  • How to engage with local commissioners to influence service design.
  • Comprehensive assessment.
  • Patient log.
  • Management of complex physical and mental health issues.
  • Management of special groups including pregnant women, people with dual diagnoses, older people and people who use drugs and alcohol.
  • The central role of psychosocial interventions.
  • Prescribing, including community detoxification for people with complex problems.
  • Relapse prevention and harm reduction.


The course comprises both theory and practice. Throughout the course participants will work towards completing a framework of skills and knowledge that will include online e-learning modules and workbook; attendance at face-to-face training; undertaking a field visit; and assignments and reflective learning from clinical practice.

Each participant will be guided through the process by a tutor. The total study time will be 10 days and the course will require completion in a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months. A CPD certificate will be awarded on completion of the course.