Celebrating Clinical Priority Programme Impact

Matt Hoghton

In April 2015, three of the current 14 Clinical Priorities complete their three year programme. In each of the areas of Antimicrobial Stewardship, Dementia and Rare Diseases, GP Clinical Champions have provided strong leadership, usually with innovation and support by a Clinical Support Fellow (a First 5 GP). These posts are usually honorary and require considerable skills to plan, implement and deliver an innovative programme of work to help GPs to improve the quality of life and care for patients.

There have been considerable achievements across all of the priorities. The TARGET Toolkit for antibiotic prescribing developed by Dr Michael Moore, in partnership with Public Health England, has been cited as a key delivery mechanism for the UK Antimicrobial Resistance five year strategy. Dementia has not been out of the news and Dr Jill Rasmussen and Professor Louise Robinson have been at the heart of national initiatives and policy as well as developing the Department of Health funded Dementia Roadmap to provide information about local services along with national information about the dementia journey. Dr Imran Rafi and Dr Lucy Davies have worked in partnership with Motor Neurone Disease Association to develop and distribute 10,000 red flags toolkit with resources for primary care staff as part of the rare disease programme.

I would like to thank all of them for their significant contribution as well as their support of GP networks in helping shape the future care in general practice.

Find out more about the Clinical Priorities programme here.

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