About Us

National Minor Illness Centre courses are unique in being developed and taught by two experienced practising GPs who are recognised as the experts in their field. Nmic arose out of an NHS general practice in Luton, a training and research practice accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners. The tutors at Nmic are primary care clinicians who each have over 30 years' experience of seeing patients with minor illness and understand the problems which their management may bring. We are the authors of the standard text on minor illness, which is now in its fifth edition and has sold over 25,000 copies, and we provide clinical input to CKS, NICE, and NHS England. We accept no sponsorship; our advice is completely independent.

Since 1997 we have been providing high-quality minor illness education which grew from our NHS general practice in Stopsley, Luton. As the national specialists in minor illness we also produced the standard text, the Minor Illness Manual. We have now written five editions of this book, which has sold over 27,000 copies worldwide. We have taught over 1500 students from the UK and abroad; nurses (from GP practices, A&E, urgent treatment centres, out-of-hours, schools and prisons), health visitors, pharmacists and paramedics. Many more have accessed our e-learning courses.

As well as our independent courses, we have received several commissions to develop new educational programmes:

  • 2015 Health Visitors: Health Education England (East of England)
  • 2016 GP Pharmacists: Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE)
  • 2018 Community Pharmacists: Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Partnership
  • 2020 Physician Associates: Health Education England (East of England)
  • Our local out-of-hours organisation, Herts Urgent Care, regularly sends its clinicians on our courses.

We also offer the Nmic Minor Illness Diploma, an established qualification in minor illness which is accredited by the Royal College of Nursing. In the early years we had many students who undertook their clinical placements in our own practice. This experience, together with our observation of the difficulties and triumphs of students undertaking the diploma course, have given us a profound insight into the learning needs of different health professionals in this field. For more information on our courses click here; or to discuss commissioning a course at your place of work please contact us. We also offer e-learning modules for health visitors, GPs and minor illness specialists.

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Our venue

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Since December 2018 we have been working from The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford MK43 0PR. The Forest Centre is set within the Millennium Country Park and less than 10 minutes from Junction 13 of the M1. The conference room has natural daylight with parkland views, free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. There is ample parking (free to our students) and over 500 acres of outdoor space with lakeside walks. The Forest Centre is run by a charitable trust dedicated to planting 5 million new trees and maintaining the woodland and its wildlife.