Clinical Priority Programme

The RCGP carefully selects clinical areas to raise their profile and increase awareness both within general practice and across primary care.

A senior clinician is recruited to the role of Clinical Champion to provide clinical leadership for each programme. The Clinical Champion works closely with the Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) to plan, implement and deliver an innovative programme of work to help GPs and fellow primary healthcare professionals to improve the quality of life and care for patients. A Clinical Support Fellow, a GP within their first five years of practice, can also be recruited to assist the Champion in delivering the programme of work.

To find out more about creating a Clinical Priority or Spotlight project, please contact the CIRC team.

The current Clinical Priorities are:

Cancer: April 2012 to March 2022

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

Following a first term from 2012 – 2017 we have extended Cancer as an enduring priority for another five years. Working with Cancer Research UK as a key stakeholder, Dr Richard Roope is leading on this five year clinical priority, enabling us to give greater focus to a challenging clinical area. This priority aims to establish a long term collaborative relationship on the basis of national priorities between the RCGP and CRUK.

Resources

For further information, please contact Ben Aspill

Liver Disease: April 2016 to March 2019

Clinical Champion: Dr Jez Thompson

Working in partnership with the British Liver Trust, the overall aims of this priority are to improve the numbers of patients detected with liver disease at the early stages, and raise awareness of the key risk factors for the disease to position it as a preventable and lifestyle-related.

This will be achieved through working with key partners/stakeholders, developing educational resources, designing e-Learning modules, curriculum review, networks and events, along with developing materials for GPs and practice staff as well as for patients and for commissioners.

Resources

For further information, please contact Ben Aspill.

Mental Health: April 2014 to March 2019

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

This is a five year priority area which will enable the RCGP provide greater focus to a challenging clinical area. This priority aims to establish a long term, collaborative relationships to support general practice in developing the role of general practice in the care of patients with mental health conditions, and to explore the potential of primary care to enhance the quality of care and experience of patients.

Resources

For further information, please contact Ben Aspill

Physical Activity and Lifestyle: April 2016 to March 2019

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

Working with Nutricia as a key stakeholder, the overall aims of this priority are to provide the primary care workforce with focused, reliable evidence-based information to prevent and manage lifestyle related diseases.

This will be achieved though research into barriers for GPs in promoting physical activity, reviewing current literature and guidance to ensure GPs have access to a set of agreed evidence-based guidance and tools, deliver health promotion and disease prevention strategies, and developing materials for patients and commissioners.

Resources

For further information, please contact Ben Aspill.

Sepsis: April 2017 to March 2019

Clinical Champion: Dr Simon Stockley

Following a successful first 12 months as a Spotlight Project Sepsis will run for a further two years as a Clinical Priority for the College. Working with our partners at Health Education England, Dr Simon Stockley will continue to lead this programme of work which aims to improve outcomes from sepsis in collaboration with colleagues across all health systems.

Resources

For further information please contact Ben Aspill

Spotlight Projects: Perinatal Mental Health, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Women’s Health, End of Life Care, TARGET antibiotics

For April 2017 to March 2018, the following one year projects each cover a specific programme of work that is either complimentary to an existing clinical priority, or takes a prescriptive 'awareness raising' approach.

Perinatal Mental Health

Clinical Champion: Dr Carrie Ladd

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, Dr Carrie Ladd will lead on this programme of work.

Link to existing resources: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/toolkits/perinatal-mental-health-toolkit.aspx

For further information please contact Ben Aspill

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Clinical Champion: Dr Emma Reinhold

We will work with Ehlers Danlos Support UK on this one year programme of work 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.

For further information please contact Lauren Harding

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 programme of work.

For further information please contact Imke Jahner

Women’s Health

The College’s Clinical Innovation and Research Centre will take 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.

For further information please contact Imke Jahner

End of Life Care

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

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 programme will raise the profile of End of Life care, consolidating the work already undertaken and building for the future.

Resources

For further information, please contact Imke Jahner.

TARGET Antibiotics

Clinical Champion: Dr Steven Granier

TARGET stands for: Treat Antibiotics Responsibly, Guidance, Education, Tools. The RCGP will work with Public Health England (PHE) 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.
Resources

For further information, please contact Imke Jahner

 

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