About EC4H

Why attend an EC4H communication course?

  • Communication education is an important aspect of continuing professional development for doctors and other health professionals working in any hospital specialty or in primary care.
  • National policies on postgraduate medical education and revalidation require doctors to demonstrate  effective communication in clinical practice, teaching and management.
  • Problems with communication feature in the majority of complaints against NHS staff.
  • EC4H workshops use evidence based teaching and learning methods, and realistic scenarios drawn from the participants clinical practice and other professional roles.

 What do the EC4H courses offer?

  • An opportunity to review your current approaches to communicating effectively
  • An interactive workshop with a small group of experienced colleagues who also work in the NHS or a similar healthcare organisation
  • Topics chosen by the participants such as handling complaints, sharing complex information, managing anger and denial, shared decision-making, addressing poor performance and communication in management.
  • Structured facilitation by leading clinical communication educators.
  • Cost effective training in a local postgraduate education centre.

 Who should attend?

  • Courses are available for doctors from Foundation level upwards. We offer specific workshops for consultants and for general practitioners.
  • Senior nurses and allied health professionals are welcome to attend our multi-disciplinary workshops for specialty trainees, and our consultant workshops (if in a consultant role)
  • Topic workshops allow us to explore challenging issues in more depth
  • Multi-disciplinary, one-day workshops are available for doctors and other professionals
  • These courses are not for those wanting to improve their language skills or prepare for UK entry assessments. Excellent spoken English is essential.
  • The courses aim to enhance general aspects of clinical communication but are not tailored to help doctors prepare for membership exams.

 Who are we?

  •  We are a group of senior NHS clinicians with extensive experience in teaching effective communication and developing courses and workshops.
  • Our courses were set up with busy clinicians in mind and tailored specifically to meet their needs.
  • The courses are run on a “not for profit” basis with no commercial sponsorship.


All participants can download an attendance certificate from the online workshop area for self-certified CPD.

Dr Belinda Hacking talks about the development of the EC4H approach to teaching and learning effective clinical communication.

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