Osteoporosis resources for primary care

About these resources

This osteoporosis resource is a joint initiative of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal Osteoporosis Society.

Its aim is to equip:

  • GPs
  • Practice Nurses
  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Pharmacists and other members of the practice team

- with relevant information about osteoporosis to support you in the identification, assessment and management of osteoporosis in primary care.

How to use this resource

The Introduction, Identification, Investigation, Initiation and Information sections guide you through developing an understanding of osteoporosis, its diagnosis and management.

The Frameworks & Guidance section provides links to guidance - including NICE, SIGN and NOGG - to give you an appreciation of the wider context of osteoporosis treatment.

The Practice Nurses section provides information on the role of the Practice Nurse in osteoporosis care.

Work through the sections in order, or go directly to a section of particular interest. 

Author information

This resource has been written by GPs with a specialist interest in osteoporosis:

  • Jonathan Bayly
    Visiting fellow at the University of Derby
  • Pam Brown
    Graduated from Edinburgh University
  • Wendy Carr
    Graduated in Medicine from Aberdeen University
  • Alun Cooper
    Full-time GP in Crawley
  • Graham Davenport
    RCGP Clinical Champion for Osteoporosis
  • Sally Hope
    GP Principal in Oxfordshire
  • Tom Margham
    GP based in East London
  • Paul Mitchell
    Managing Director of Synthesis Medical

The ORPC was reviewed in 2017. It is reviewed every three years. 


A document of references used to produce ORPC is available on request. 

Please email:

Please email: telephone number01761 473 263

General enquiries:

General enquiries: telephone number01761 471771

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