Clinical News


1 in 5 women affected by perinatal mental health

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Building on the foundations laid by the Clinical Priority Programme in Perinatal Mental Health, the RCGP is running a 1-year Spotlight Project focused on GP team education in this small but very important part of our work in General Practice.


30 seconds - enough to help a smoker quit?

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Smoking cessation is one of the most successful health interventions. In the context of long term smoking having a fatality rate of over 50%, for every two smokers who quit, one smoking related death has been saved.


Care of dying adults in the last days of life

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The RCGP/ Marie Curie spotlight project for end of life care has produced top tips based on NICE guidance care of dying adults in the last days of life. Perhaps one of the more complex areas of the guidance is that around hydration and related symptoms.


World Sepsis Day: Building a 'sepsis aware' healthcare system

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World Sepsis Day on 13th September saw the release of two NHS England documents on the recognition and management of Sepsis. This was closely followed by the first NICE Quality Standard for Sepsis. Clinical Support Fellow for Sepsis Rachel Marsden, discusses these documents, as well as highlighting what is next for the Sepsis Clinical Priority Programme.


Contraception for older, 'higher risk' women

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The recently published Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Guideline on Contraception for women aged over 40 provides evidence based recommendations for use of contraception in these ‘higher risk’ women. This guidance also offers recommendations and clarity for the use of contraception with Hormone Replacement Therapy.


The real cost of liver disease

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The prevalence of liver disease and liver-related related mortality are increasing in the UK. The Foundation for Liver Research has summarised the cost of liver disease to health and care systems in the UK and calls for comprehensive public health measures to address its main causes.


Clinical Research Network awards

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A snapshot from this year's RCGP and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) CRN awards which recognised research excellence.


PhD Programme for Primary Care Clinicians

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The Wellcome Trust has united four of the strongest primary care departments to support the development of clinical academics through a PhD programme. The programme offers high quality training in internationally renowned research units, and will support the capacity for development in a critically important, but under-resourced field.


IBD Early diagnosis and managing flare ups

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease affects 1 in 250 of the population. The Spotlight Project Toolkit has been launched to help healthcare professionals improve diagnosis, treat flare-ups, screen for osteoporosis and bowel cancer, and provide support for those affected by IBD.


The Bright Idea: Improvement plan on developing the pre-diabetic register and managing diabetic patients

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The recently published Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Guideline on Contraception for women aged over 40 provides evidence based recommendations for use of contraception in these 'higher risk' women. This guidance also offers recommendations and clarity for the use of contraception with Hormone Replacement Therapy.

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