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Mental Health and Dementia

We are adding our first short course – Mental Health –  to our web site and learning centre.


This e-learning course is an  introduction to mental health  giving an insight to topics such as dementia and the mental state examination.

This course will recap the basic concepts of medical word structure and cover many words (and suffixes) which are used in mental health.

It is therefore ideal for those who are new to the subject area as well as those with experience in healthcare.

In turn this will give the basis for  future learning in our more specific and detailed mental health topics top ups which will follow soon.

Dementia is becoming a large concern in the UK (and other countries) as people live for longer.

Understanding the language used by the clinicians will in turn aid understanding of the patients experiences and needs from the non clinical perspective.

This short course should take a between 2 and 4 hours. It will be uploaded to to our site within a couple of weeks.

We look forward to the feed back and hope it will be as positive as our medical terminology course.

Raising the Standards

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Still on the theme of improving your chances of an offer at a university I found this quote-

“The nine preferred universities in London have all demonstrated the ability to meet rigorous criteria to improve the quality of training available. This includes having a tougher selection process, to identify the right students with the right attitudes to become great carers. By raising our standards we can ensure these highly qualified professionals get the jobs they deserve and a tremendous asset to the NHS.”


If the selection process is tougher you need to stand out.

Having knowledge of medical terminology will help!


  •       We understand the pressures of studying.
  •       Our e-learning course will not take over your life!
  •       It may even help with some biology courses!
  •       Our course is the best value and most relevant you will find. (£30)
  •       Complete this course in time to put it on your UCAS application form!


Is this Medical Terminology Course recognised by the NHS?


We have had a few queries as to whether this course is recognised by the NHS .

Firstly this  e-learning  course  has been completed and proved successful by many staff in GP practices and Hospitals.


Why is it not accredited?

Accreditation would add significant cost to this course.

We have been running Medical Terminology Courses for many

NHS Hospital Trusts and GP practice staff since 1995.

None of these NHS providers of healthcare required our course to be accredited.

We wish to provide the best value course making  quality education accessible to many people.

I hope this gives you confidence to try our course if you are hoping to work
within the NHS or healthcare sector.






Medical Terminology is not Boring!

When I am teaching a group of people in the classroom  I like the students to tell me why they have come to this course. I also add that I am perfectly happy for them to say they were sent if it was not their choice. This helps me to know who really wants to be on the course and who is doing their duty! Most people do want to be on the course even if they were sent. Others however may say ” I don’t know why I am here, I was sent”.

These are the ones you want to really impress, turn them around to realise that learning is fun and interesting and that medical terminology is actually interesting and much of it is not that hard to understand if taught properly. There are some excellent words which truly exist and it is possible to make up your own funny ones too!

When teaching and seeing the less enthusiastic turn around into the most enthusiastic is brilliant. As a teacher it makes your day and you feel you are doing your job well.

Personally I want to enjoy myself when I teach- if I am bored surely the students will be too. In our on line course there are moments when I had to do take after take as I stumbled over words – I think I have left a couple of those errors in – purely because they are funny. In our testimonials you will find a comment I am particularly pleased with, as it proves people can learn and have fun!

At the moment we are marketing our medical terminology course and it is good to see positive response. However I look forward to filming our next course which will be a short course on Ophthalmology Terminology (eyes). I know it will be fun as I get tongued tied and there is lots of interesting stuff to explain!


Free Medical Terminology Exercises

We want you to see the sort of thing you can learn from our medical terminology course.

I have posted some free medical terminology exercises that you can do on your computer and a couple to print off.

To find these visit our learning centre via the web site and click on free demo and you will find them there.

Or   click on these links for the printable exercises.  Easy word search .Simple Suffix Crossword 1

Want to work in the NHS?

Will this medical terminology course help me get a job in the NHS?

Our medical terminology course  has proved extremely successful with various NHS hospital staff and GP staff for many years.  The variety of non-clinical staff who have completed our courses is vast. Being aware of costs and the need to create quality and importantly relevant medical terminology training inspired our on-line training. This too has proved successful with a variety of staff working in the NHS (who have had no previous medical terminology training) whether they were new to a NHS job or had been in working for the NHS for years! 

If your are trying for a job in the NHS in any non- clinical position our course is relevant. There are no official qualifications required in medical terminology to be able to succeed in the NHS as a medical support worker. (A support worker may work in one of the many non- clinical posts such as a medical receptionist, medical secretary, coder, ward clerk  and  many more). However it would be a bonus and perhaps improve your chances of an interview if you have medical terminology knowledge / certificate.

If you are looking for a qualification, our certificate in medical terminology could be used as evidence of learning towards a variety of NVQ evidence based qualifications.

If understanding medical terminology is a criteria for a job,  our medical terminology course will give you a fantastic enjoyable way of gaining that knowledge at a very reasonable price.

Those who complete  TalkMedical Online courses and  subscribe to the newsletter will receive free revision exercises and updates of new short courses to top up your knowledge in particular areas of medicine. These short specific courses will be coming in the future.

Previous Students include:

General Practice Staff,  NHS Hospital Staff,  Social Workers, Private Healthcare Staff,  Mums and dads, Students of many specialities and more……

Positions held:


Administration Staff
Health Care Assistants
Ward Clerks
Note summarizers
Medical Secretaries
Legal Secretaries
Care Workers,
Student Nurses
Pharmacy Technicians
Medical Finance Staff
Practice Managers
Coding Administrators
Clinical Research Staff
Nurses from outside the UK
Medical Receptionists
Social Workers






What is Medical Terminology?

Blog What Is Medical Terminology

What is Medical Terminology?

Medical terminology describes the words used by doctors, nurses and other health professionals.

Some people say why not just use plain English, and on occasions they have a point. However medical terminology is not going away and there are several good reasons for its use. The best way for me to explain this is by giving some examples.

Let’s start with a couple of common and easy to understand terms.

Tonsillitis:  means inflammation of the tonsils.    It is much easier and quicker to say tonsillitis!

Medical words can be broken down into component parts. (These are known as prefixes, roots and suffixes). Once you are familiar with some of these a world of understanding awaits!

Tonsil:  means your tonsils, glands at the back of your mouth.

Itis:  means inflammation   

Hence   tonsillitis   :  tonsil / l / itis  ( there is an extra L in the word, usually extra letters are vowels)

Tonsillectomy:    tonsil / l / ectomy -   means removal of the tonsils. (…ectomy means removal of).

So in theory it is all quite simple, all you need to know are the terms for the body parts which stem from Greek or Latin. Some of these terms are so common you will have knowledge without even realising it.

Next is a massive word which is also easier to say if you know how to break it down into its smaller component parts.

Bilateral  salpingo-oophorectomy  (also known as a BSO).  Let’s break it down!

Bi    / lateral       salpingo    /   oophor   /   ectomy.

Bi:  both,     lateral:  side         =        Bilateral means both sides

Salpingo: Fallopian tube      oophor:  ovary      ..ectomy: removal of

=  removal of Fallopian tube and ovary

    As the phrase says bilateral, it will mean removal of the Fallopian tube and ovary on both sides!

It really is simple when you know how.

Our terminology course will teach you loads of these component parts, relate them to commonly used medical terms in hospital and General Practice environments and so increase your knowledge and understanding of medicine. You will have the foundation of knowledge to build upon with confidence as you learn more about diseases, their effects on the body and how they may be treated.  You may think it would be boring learning the language of medicine, but you will be presently surprised! Want to find out more …click here

A testimonial from a past student says:

“I enjoyed the content. The information was good and it flowed well. The funky chicken was a great bonus!!!”

Nurse Training and Medical Terminology

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Nurse Training:  Why Medical Terminology Training Will Help

As of this year 2013, to become a nurse you complete a degree in pre-registration nursing. Following this allows you to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) enabling you to practice. Nursing degrees tend to specialise in either adult, child or mental health nursing. Some courses may combine specialities. Courses are 3 years full ti me.

One of the largest schools of nursing is Nottingham University and here is an extract from their course description:

You will get a very rich experience in your chosen field but you will also gain knowledge of aspects of care of people of all ages in a wide variety of settings wherever people need nurses there is the potential for you to gain valuable practice experience.

Half of the course is dedicated to learning in practice, giving you broad experience in a variety of healthcare settings at each stage of a patient’s Journey.

What is Learning in Practice?

During the nursing course, a student’s time is equally split between theoretical study and practice placement, experiencing all stages of the patient journey. This approach gives a wide perspective and demonstrates some of the challenges that both patients and healthcare professionals face at various stages of care.

Student nurses will find themselves on various wards associated with various medical specialities. Learning medical terminology will be a huge benefit to any healthcare student, enabling understanding of many of the terms commonly used in the hospital environment. Being able to understand medical terms will make any self study and reading of medical literature an easier task.

As a teacher of medical terminology I have had many nurses on my courses, varying from those going back to nursing, and want to refresh their memories of many common terms, foreign nurses, and a couple of student nurses who happened to hear about the course. Now that our medical terminology course is on line it is easy for many people to access the course. It would be 15 hours very well spent! 


Give yourself a head start!


Last year I wrote a couple of references for people applying for college courses. I am glad to say they got onto the courses they wanted.Consequently I have been reading more about university applications and what they are looking for when choosing who they offer places to.

Universities like to know the types of skills you have that will help you on the course you wish to pursue, or skills that will have a positive impact generally. They like to see if you have been involved in any external courses whether they are accredited or not.

UCAS quote “We suggest you include….details of non-accredited skills and achievements which you have gained through activities.”

UCAS How to Apply 09 – page 21

I have met many student nurses  over the years who wished they had done a medical terminology course early on in their careers as it would have aided them immensely when suddenly immersed in the world of medicine and all its wonderful language. Consequently for anyone applying for any health care related course understanding medical terminology will make life a lot easier once on the course.  Doing our medical terminology course would show you have already acquired some skills in relation to understanding medical terms which  will have a positive  impact when learning about medicine.


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