New NHS app has potential but safeguards must be in place says College

02 July 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Apps are increasingly a vital part of our everyday lives and as technology adapts in the 21st century, the healthcare service must remain up to date with the technologies that the public – and thus our patients – are using.

70th birthday an opportunity to revisit the essential principles of general practice, says RCGP Wales

02 July 2018

RCGP Wales has launched 'Essential Principles: GP Leadership at the heart of new models of care'.

Balancing continuity of care and access to GP services a 'huge challenge', says RCGP

29 June 2018

Responding to research from the University of Exeter, published in BMJ Open today [Friday 29 June], Professor Kamila Hawthorne, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Delivering continuity of care for patients is something GPs strive to do - we know our patients want and value it, as GPs do, and we know that it is particularly beneficial for patients with chronic conditions, long-term mental health issues, and complex needs.

3D model of patient-centred care 'beneficial' but more research needed, says RCGP

28 June 2018

Responding to the '3D' approach to delivering person-centred care by the University of Bristol and published in The Lancet, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Our patients, and not just our elderly patients, are increasingly living with multiple, long-term conditions - the College's own analysis estimates that more than 9 million people in the UK will be living with more than one serious, long-term condition by 2025.

Apps and algorithms may 'support but will never replace' GPs, says RCGP

27 June 2018

Responding to new claims by technology-firm Babylon that a new algorithm can demonstrate clinical knowledge on par with clinicians, Professor Martin Marshall, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "The potential of technology to support doctors to deliver the best possible patient care is fantastic, but at the end of the day, computers are computers, and GPs are highly-trained medical professionals: the two can't be compared and the former may support but will never replace the latter.

Stigma around women's health must be addressed, says RCGP

26 June 2018

Responding to a new report on reproductive health published by Public Health England today, Chair of the Royal College of GPs and a GP with a long term interest in women's health, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said:

Charging patients for appointments 'against founding principle of NHS', says RCGP

23 June 2018

Commenting on an upcoming motion at the BMA's Annual Representative Meeting calling for co-payment by patients for GP appointments, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:

parkrun UK teams up with RCGP to 'prescribe' active lifestyles to patients and practice staff

21 June 2018

The Royal College of General Practitioners and parkrun UK are set to launch a ground-breaking initiative that could see thousands of patients being 'prescribed' outdoor physical activity rather than medication.

Banning phones in schools could give children 'space to focus', says RCGP

20 June 2018

Responding to comments made by Culture Secretary Matt Hancock supporting the banning of phones in schools, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:

New information on patient satisfaction shows pressing need for more support for general practice, says RCGP Wales

20 June 2018

The headline results from the 2017/18 National Survey for Wales have revealed new information on general practice.

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