About Osteoporosis Resources for Primary Care

This osteoporosis resource is a joint initiative of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the National Osteoporosis Society. Its aim is to equip GPs, Practice Nurses 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:

You can work through the sections in order or go directly to a section of particular interest. Click on the section headings below and select the session you wish to view.

The Introduction, Identification, Investigation, Initiation and Information sections will 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 has been developed specifically for Practice Nurses and provides information on the role of the Practice Nurse in osteoporosis care. 

You may also be interested in the Osteoporosis module co-developed by the National Osteoporosis Society and Royal College of General Practitioners. This half hour module is CPD accredited and FREE to complete. Click here for more information. 

Get started! 

Click on the section headings below and select the section you wish to go to.

Further information for your patients

We provide fact sheets, leaflets and booklets for your patients as well as facilitating support groups, information awareness events and a free nurse led helpline.

Further information for you

Our Tools and Resources page provides links to guidance and standards related to the field of osteoporosis.

Author information

The information within the ORPC 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


Further information: 

A document of references used to produce ORPC is available on request. Please email: courses@nos.org.uk 

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

Overview of our work: 

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