The universal GP Training website for everyone, not just Bradford.   Created in 2002 by Dr Ramesh Mehay

Ram's Go To Websites

my web-directory which I periodically visit when I’m free

I would strongly urge everyone to make a directory.   In that way, in your spare time if you want to visit websites, you will do so with intention rather than just aimlessly wondering – which often is consuming, does not feel effective and makes you feel overwhelmed.   I visit these sites now and then, when I have time, and it stops the “Oh I haven’t been on there for ages’ (and feeling guilty/inadequate/a failure).   Do things with intention, so that they don’t eat up your free time.  

TEACHING & MEDICINE

TEACHING (generic)

Websites

CPD - emoDULES & ONLINE COURSES

Websites

GP TRAINING

YouTube

MEDICAL ONLINE WEBINARS

Websites

GP HEE Educational SITES

YouTube

GOOD SCHEME WEBSITES

Websites

INTERESTING TRAINING SITES

YouTube

CLINICAL MEDICINE

Websites

ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

YouTube

ANPs

ASSOCIATE PHYSICIANS

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ARCHIVED KNOWLEDGE TO REIGNITE?

YouTube

  • https://archive.org/web/web.php    to look at any old version of the site  (way back machine)
  • SEARCH FOLLOWING…
  • https://www.med.uottawa.ca/sim/epidemiology_biostatistics_e.htm
  • https://www.med.uottawa.ca/sim/services_e.html
  • https://www.med.uottawa.ca/sim/vulnerable_e.html
  • https://www.med.uottawa.ca/sim/public_health_e.html
  • http://www.gptrove.net/respiratory-revision-raining-inhalers/
  • http://www.gptrove.net/cardiovascular-revision-kfp-feud/
  • https://faculty.londondeanery.ac.uk/e-learning – most now on e-lfh 

MEDICAL STUDENTS

Websites

MEDICAL I.T.

YouTube

GREAT PATIENT SITES

YouTube

IT - images, video & sound

IMAGE SOURCES

Websites

CREATING A DRAWING

Websites

  • Inkscape
  • Sketchup

IMAGE EDITING

Websites

Photo Editing

 

AI VIDEO

YouTube

  • AI INVIDEO  – great for AI creation of videos – tell it what to create – then tell it the tweaks – https://ai.invideo.io/.  It’s quite impressive.   Bit slow to find videos though.  And definately still take you an hour to create a 5 min clip.
      • There is studio INVIDEO: https://studio.invideo.io/videos – you create the video from stock videos and templates
      • And AI INVIDEO : https://ai.invideo.io/ – AI creates the video 
      • Also creates a table of contents eg  for youtube!
      • But the AI version clunky to use and not a lot of editing features – e.g. clipping of the video
  • GLING.AI = https://www.gling.ai/ – good for longer videos, will take out bad cuts automatically, and umms and aarrghs.  can change the text too!  Impressive.
  • DESCRIPT

VIDEO RECORDING

YouTube

SCREEN CAPTURE / COPY VIDEOS ON NET

Websites

  • ScreenRec (free)
  • SnagIT (Brilliant)
  • EaseUS RecExperts (OEM version – email them, not same as online version).  I love this one because you can set a timer (i.e. you don’t even have to be there to start or stop the recording!
  • Bandicam (can set advanced timer with this one) . I love this one because you can set a timer (i.e. you don’t even have to be there to start or stop the recording!
  • Monosnap – relatively inexpensive – but can add all wonderful arrows and annotations to both photos and videos.  Can even pause and restart video recordings – good for pausing and capturing your thoughts.  This is the only one of this list that can add annotations to VIDEO during recording.
  •  4K Video Downloader – amazing for copying videos from internet, youtube etc.

AUTO VIDEO CREATION/ANIMATION

YouTube

  • PowToons for animation – jaw dropping videos and presentations.
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VIDEO CONVERSION TOOLS

Websites

INTERESTING TRAINING SITES

YouTube

AUDIO CAPTURE & EDITING

Websites

  • Audacity– edit audio files, opensource.

AUDIO MANIPULATION

Websites

  • ClownFish – change your voice

  • VoiceMod – change your voice

IT - web design, wordpress, elementor, plugins & youtube

COPY A WEBSITE

Websites

  • WinHTTrac
  • Website Copier

HOSTING

Websites

  • Kinsta hosting  – https://kinsta.com/ .  Is meant to be the best, but expensive!   Great support.  Use only if you have a very heavy well visited site. Otherwise unnecessary. 
  • Hostinger is also meant to be good, and not as expensive as Kinsta.
  • Siteground is okay – middle of the road.

MISCELLANEOUS BITS & BOBS

Websites

GREAT PLUGINS

YouTube

  • Akismet Anti-spam – protect your site from Spam

  • Analytify – great for web usage stats – what are your users looking at?  Where are they from?

  • Classic editor – if you don’t like Guttenberg and want to edit WordPress the old way like I do!

  • Disable WordPress Update Notifications – great for stopping those nuisance emails about and update

  • Images – Free Assets Library – for copyright free images from Pixabay
  • Images – Pexels – for copyright free images from Pexels
  • iTheme security – for security
  • List Category Posts allows you to list posts by category.
  • m1.downloadlist – great for listing files (by their names) in your website storage folder
  • Read Meter – Reading Time & Progress Bar for WordPress.
  • Redirection – to redirect an older URL to a new one
  • WiseChat Pro – add a simple chat facility for talking with others who are online on your website
  • WP-Sweep: WP-Sweep allows you to clean up unused, orphaned and duplicated data in your WordPress. It cleans up revisions, auto drafts, unapproved comments, spam comments, trashed comments, orphan post meta
  • Yoast SEO – search engine optimisation for your website.  Also speeds up your website.
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WOOCOMMERCE PLUG INS

YouTube

3 plugin extras that I really like (have to pay for)…

  1. WooCommerce Checkout Field Editor (by WooCommerce) – enables you to change the input tabs on the checkout form.
  2. WooCommerce One Page Checkout (by Automattic) – you will lose customers if there are lots of checkout pages.  This extension simplifies everything to one page so the customer does not leave.
  3. WooCommerce Subscriptions (by WooCommerce)– the best plug in every – great for wanting recurring donations/contributions from your users or creating a recurring subscription payment for say a service.

GOOD PLUGINS FOR ELEMENTOR

Websites

  • Crocoblocks – https://www.youtube.com/@farjanarashid644/playlists

  • Elementor Pro is definately worth having!

  • ElementsKit Lite – great additional tools for elementor
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YOUTUBE CHANNEL CREATION

Websites

  • Pat Flynn on YouTube – watch his tutes.

YOUTUBE TOOLS

Websites

BOOKS & ARTICLE CREATION

CONSIDER ONE OF THE FOLLOWING

Websites

FOR LOW CONTENT BOOKS

Websites

  • BookBolthttps://bookbolt.io/ – create low content books easily.  Brilliant for creating covers.   Create all sorts. 

KINDLE CREATION TOOLS

Websites

  • Amazon Send to Kindle
  • Kindle Create
  • Calibre
  • Scrivener

CREATING BOOK COVERS

Websites

  • Canva – is the best and easiest

CHAT GPT

YouTube

  • Chat GPT is simply the best for creating content

  • The paid version is better

  • In your instructions, write very detailed instructions like “create 1000 word article on how to revise for the RCGP’s AKT exam.  Bold, and bullet point the main top tips.   Also add a little bit of light hearted humour”

ARTICLE SPINNERS (paraphrasing TOOLS)

YouTube

The following can spin an article and re-write it to make it look like yours…

  1. Quillbot the 1st best: https://quillbot.com/
  2. Word Tune the 2nd best: https://www.wordtune.com/
  3. Outwrite also 2nd best AND has built in plagiarism software:  https://www.outwrite.com/
  4. Spin Rewriter is RUBBISH – don’t bother.

CONTENT FROM OLD WEBSITES

YouTube

MISC

YouTube

PLAGIARISM CHECKERS

Websites

GRAMMAR TOOLS

Websites

YOUTUBE CHANNEL CREATION

Websites

  • Pat Flynn on YouTube – watch his tutes.

YOUTUBE TOOLS

Websites

  • See under photo/video/sound tools above

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OFFICE THINGS, IT EQUIPMENT & PRODUCTIVITY

SOFWARE TO FOR YOUR PC

Websites

  • 7-Zip – free zip opening program
  • NXZTCAM – check how your PC is working internally
  • AVG PC TUNEUP – keep your PC in good shape
  • DRIVER BOOSTER by IOBit – great for upto date drivers – common cause for slow PCs.
  • FORTECT – keep your PC in good shape
  • ParkConrol – to tweak your PC CPUs – only use if you know what you are doing
  • ITOP EASY DESKTOP – nice way of organising your desktop
  • Search your PC for anything

Great INTERNET Browsers

Websites

  • Brave – nice simple clean quick
  • DuckDuck Go – no tracking of your information
  • AVG Secure Browser – no tracking of your information
  • Mozilla Firefox – has always been great, clean, doesnt track you
  • Opera – another favourite – clean, doesnt track you
  • Mindjet Mindmanager – great for creating flow diagrams but in my view unnecessarily expensive.    
  • Whimsical – great flow chart and diagrams maker, super easy to use.

EQUIPMENT

YouTube

  •  CZUR scanners – https://www.czur.com/ – their scanners are amazing.  Scan your documents to become paperfree and organised.  Can also use their scanners to demonstrate things live by using them as a visual presenter tool (a bit like the old overhead projectors)
  •  Microphone – best is Blue Snowball
  • Camera – Logitech Brio or CZUR’s Fancy S
  • PC – Lenovo’s Tiny ThinkStation range are great – small and fast. 
  • Touch Screen – Dell

ARTICLE SPINNERS (paraphrasing TOOLS)

YouTube

The following can spin an article and re-write it to make it look like yours…

  1. Quillbot the 1st best: https://quillbot.com/
  2. Word Tune the 2nd best: https://www.wordtune.com/
  3. Outwrite also 2nd best AND has built in plagiarism software:  https://www.outwrite.com/
  4. Spin Rewriter is RUBBISH – don’t bother.

PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

YouTube

    • Evernote – my preferred.   Saves your database both in cloud and your computer meaning you can even work on it when no internet access.  Also has great capture tool to get stuff into Evernote. 
    • Obsidian is my second best.  Again, stores to your database on your local PC but if you go with Obsidian sync or simply place your database in Dropbox, you get an online version too!
    • Notion – lots of people use Notion, but I don’t like it much.  The heavier your database becomes – the slower it becomes. 
    • LogSeq – is a great alternative to Roam Research.  Link a new created article to blocks of information already within your database.
    • RoamResearch boasts that it can back and forward link to blocks of information rather than complete articles – but LogSeq and Obsidian can do this too.   And Roam Research is expensive and it has been said on the net that their support team can have “attitude”!
These are currently the 5 major players.  I use Evernote for my household and personal stuff.   I use Notion for my book writing and website creation stuff (basically full of educational blocks which can be repurposed again and again).

PERSONAL KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

YouTube

·         Phone Trans

·         Wondershare Dr.Fone

·         Reflector 4

·         DearMob iphone Manager

 

 

PERSONAL

SPIRITUAL

Websites

MONEY

YouTube

  • Buxfer – https://www.buxfer.com/ – great tool for managing your bank accounts to see where everything goes.  Helps me with my tax return immensely.  
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WEB HELP

YouTube

  • MoneySavingsExpert – look here for mortgage advice, travel insurance, car buying, car insurance, holiday hunting, sim deals and so much more.

ANTIQUES ONLINE

YouTube

MISC

YouTube

    • PAYPAL
    • Paypal is a bit of a pain to get help.   They really don’t make it easy.  
    • If you want to get help from them, log into your account.    Scroll to bottom and click “CONTACT US”
    • Click “Message Us” (respond within 24h) or “Call us” (immediate contact).   Either way, you first have to go through some robot responders – which is painful.    I just say “I want to speak to a customer support agent” and then give a woolly reason so I get put through.   Eventually you get through to speaking to someone.   
    • SITEGROUND
    • https://my.siteground.com/
    • Hit the ? button next to your RM username..  >>> VIEW HELP CENTER.  >>> CONTACT us >>> Raise a ticket.  They keep a log of all previous tickets.
    • Checking how much space you have left on Siteground: Siteground > Control Panel > Scroll to bottom > Select WHM or type WHM into the search box > Click Server status > Service status > %figure shows you how much is in use whilst the bit in brackets is the actual amount.
    • Upgrade PHP: Siteground > Control Panel >left search box: “PHP” > “PHP version manager” > Select website folder to upgrade  > Select the PHP version number you want (choose Managed PHP version if you want Siteground to manage updates in the future) or choose the one you want.   Remember, the latest one might not be totally stable, so some go for the version below the latest one or select ‘Managed PHP version’) > Click Save – this is important.  Then Go Back > Go Back > And you are done.
    • WOOZONE (Amazon Affiliates)
    • https://support.aa-team.com/login/
    • Raise a ticket.  They keep a list of previous tickets
    • WP-JOB MANAGER
    • https://wpjobmanager.com/support/  
    • For your downloads: First click SUPPORT then MY ACCOUNT
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How IT ALL STARTED
WHAT WE'RE ABOUT
WHO ARE WE FOR?

Bradford VTS was created by Dr. Ramesh Mehay, a Programme Director for Bradford GP Training Scheme back in 2001. Over the years, it has seen many permutations.  At the time, there were very few resources for GP trainees and their trainers so Bradford decided to create one FOR EVERYONE. 

So, we see Bradford VTS as  the INDEPENDENT vocational training scheme website providing a wealth of free medical resources for GP trainees, their trainers and TPDs everywhere and anywhere.  We also welcome other health professionals – as we know the site is used by both those qualified and in training – such as Associate Physicians, ANPs, Medical & Nursing Students. 

Our fundamental belief is to openly and freely share knowledge to help learn and develop with each other.  Feel free to use the information – as long as it is not for a commercial purpose.   

We have a wealth of downloadable resources and we also welcome copyright-free educational material from all our users to help build our rich resource (send to bradfordvts@gmail.com).

Our sections on (medical) COMMUNICATION SKILLS and (medical) TEACHING & LEARNING are perhaps the best and most comprehensive on the world wide web (see white-on-black menu header section on the homepage).

4th February 2024 

WHAT's HAPPENING?

Here are some updates planned over the next 6 months

  1. Updating the SCA exam pages with cases and videos.
  2. Clinical Specialty areas all being updated with current guidance and easy to understand diagrams and flow charts.
  3. Videos being created for some of the pages for those of you who prefer to watch than read.
  4. We’ve got some bradfordvts helpers to contribute and develop their own pages or areas of interest.  If you would like to be a bradfordvts helper, email me rameshmehay@googlemail.com
  5. We provide all of this for free. But it costs us money to run.  If you could kindly donate something, that would be great.  We do all of this for you.   Please hit the button below. xxx