Clinical Priorities

The RCGP carefully selects a number of clinical areas to join its Clinical Priority Programme. The programme aims to raise the profile and increase awareness of important or underrepresented clinical areas in primary care. 

We work collaboratively with external partners to plan, implement and review the impact of innovative programmes of work to help GPs and fellow primary healthcare professionals to improve the quality of care for patients. We deliver a range of outputs including e-Learning, resource toolkits, national and regional events, video case studies and publications. 

Cancer

Cancer is one of our five-year enduring priorities. Working in partnership with Cancer Research UK, the project aims to improve early diagnosis, prevention and screening of Cancer by effective use of information from research, national audits and other sources to inform and innovate cancer care in general practice. The Cancer Clinical Priority is also working to raise awareness of the link between alcohol, obesity and tobacco and cancer and embed improvements in general practice via the GP curriculum as well as using GP networks to promote best practice and learning.

Cancer Research UK/RCGP Clinical Champion: Dr Richard Roope
Cancer Research UK/RCGP Clinical Support Fellow: Dr Rachael Marchant

View our Primary Care Cancer Toolkit

Liver Disease

Working in partnership with the British Liver Trust, this project aims to improve detection at an early stage, thereby preventing more serious illness through providing appropriate treatment and potentially reversing some if not all the damage done. We are working to raise awareness of the key risk factors for liver disease and position the condition as one of the major chronic, preventable, lifestyle-related diseases. We are encouraging GPs to use a new management pathway for liver disease as recommended by the forthcoming NICE guidance to prevent unnecessary hospital referral.

Clinical Champion: Dr Jez Thompson

View our Liver Disease Toolkit

Mental Health

This five-year enduring priority, delivered in partnership with Mind, focusses on increasing recognition of the vital role primary care plays in the management of mental illness and ensuring that primary care colleagues can provide high quality mental health care. The project is developing education and training with a focus on developing listening skills and the promotion of multi-disciplinary training. The Mental Health Priority is also addressing the GP curriculum, core skills and personal development plans.

Clinical Champion: Dr Elizabeth England
Clinical Support Fellow: Dr Belinda Magnus
Clinical Support Fellow: Dr Faraz Mughal

View our Mental Health Toolkit

Physical Activity and Lifestyle

This project is delivered in partnership with the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK and the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. The project is working to empower GPs to provide evidence-based information and, where appropriate, interventions to improve patient’s lifestyles. We are developing a toolkit of resources for GPs, CCGs and patients around Physical Activity and Lifestyle and are working with key stakeholders to promote the benefits of increased physical activity and highlight the links to reductions in prevalence of related diseases.

Clinical Champion: Dr Zoe Williams
Clinical Champion: Dr Andrew Boyd

Sepsis

The Sepsis Clinical Priority, in partnership with Health Education England raises awareness of Sepsis and the appropriate action GPs could have an impact upon this condition, reducing the burden for the individuals, their families and the wider NHS. The Sepsis Priority is also exploring the impact of the forthcoming new international sepsis definitions, the NCEPOD report into Sepsis, and NICE Guideline and Quality Standard on Sepsis. The project will also encourage the coordination of GPs, ambulance and secondary service in delivering assessment and treatment of possible sepsis, as well as input into public messaging on the illness.

Clinical Champion: Dr Simon Stockley

View our Sepsis Toolkit

Spotlight Projects 2017/2018

The following one year projects each cover a specific area of work that is either complimentary to an existing clinical priority, or takes a prescriptive 'awareness raising' approach.

Perinatal Mental Health

Having come to the end of a three year term as a Clinical Priority, Perinatal Mental Health has been extended as a 12 month Spotlight Project. Working with the Wessex Clinical Senate and Supporting Networks. 

Clinical Champion: Dr Carrie Ladd

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

 We are working with Ehlers Danlos Support UK on this one year project which aims to improve knowledge about Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, in order to increase awareness and recognition of the diverse ways in which it can present in general practice.

Clinical Champion: Dr Emma Reinhold

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

This project will seek to improve the detection of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and to support primary care clinicians in treating, managing and referring patients with the condition. We will work with our partners at Crohn’s and Colitis UK to deliver this 12 month project. 

Clinical Champion: Kevin Barratt

Women’s Health

We are taking forward a 12 month piece of work focusing on Women’s Health. We will work with a Clinical Champion and key stakeholders to identify and define they key issues requiring focus and support.

Clinical Champion: Anne Connolly

End of Life Care

Working with Marie Curie Cancer Care as a key stakeholder, the focus of this work is to promote and enable high quality care for people nearing the end of their life, based on their needs and preferences. Through strategic development to improve provision, and ensuring that patient preferences and choices form the basis for end of life care approaches, this project will raise the profile of End of Life care, consolidating the work already undertaken and building for the future. 

Marie Curie/RCGP Clinical Champion: Dr Catherine Millington-Sanders
Marie Curie/RCGP Clinical Support Fellow: Dr Rachael Marchant

TARGET Antibiotics

We are working with Public Health England to build upon previous work in this field together which led to the development of the TARGET Antibiotics Toolkit as one of the outputs from the Clinical Priority Programme in Antimicrobial Stewardship. 

Clinical Champion: Dr Steven Granier

 

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