Clinical Priority Programme

Applications are now open for the 2017 intake of Spotlight projects. Full details available here.

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.

The role of the Clinical Champion and the Clinical Support Fellow is to work in partnership with key decision makers and opinion formers on a selection of identified projects that seek to improve the quality of care to benefit patient outcomes.

The current Clinical Priorities are:

Autistic Spectrum Disorders: April 2014 to March 2017

Clinical Champion: Dr Carole Buckley
Clinical Support Fellow: Dr Silvana Unigwe

Working with the Department of Health as a key stakeholder, the aims of this priority are to set the highest standards for general practice through ensuring GPs have the best possible training to support them throughout their professional lives to deliver the best possible service.

This will be achieved through the development of Autism friendly community services, timely diagnosis with appropriate referral, provision of appropriate support for those with ASD (and their family and carers), improving health and wellbeing outcomes.

Resources

For further information, please contact Imke Jahner.

Cancer: April 2012 to March 2017

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

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 Amit Marks.

End of Life Care: April 2013 to March 2018

Marie Curie/RCGP Clinical Champion: Dr Catherine Millington-Sanders
Marie Curie/RCGP Clinical Support Fellow: Dr Michael Brookes 

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.

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 Imke Jahner.

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 Amit Marks.

Perinatal Mental Health: April 2014 to March 2017

Clinical Champion: Dr Judy Shakespeare
Clinical Support Fellow: Dr Carrie Ladd

Working with the Maternal Mental Health Alliance as a key stakeholder, this priority aims to ensure women across UK have access to universal high quality mental health care and support in the perinatal period.

The work takes a multi-disciplinary approach to using resources in universal services through effective pathways to take the most appropriate approach to support women, fathers and families after miscarriage, stillbirth or perinatal loss and maternal death.

Resources

For further information, please contact Amit Marks.

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 Amit Marks.

Spotlight Projects: HIV and Sexual/Reproductive Health, QI in Patient Safety, Sepsis, Brain Tumours in Children

For April 2016 to March 2017, 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.

HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health

Clinical Lead: Dr Philippa Matthews
Clinical Fellow: Dr Rebecca Hall

The RCGP will work with the Terrence Higgins Trust (as primary funder and delivery partner) to focus on prioritising sexual and reproductive health and HIV care in primary care. This will include a programme of education for the entire primary care workforce including practice nurses and reception staff and medical staff, using face interventions, on-line training and events. Specific projects will be developed based upon increasing HIV testing, enhancing patient care for people living with HIV, and addressing (perceived) HIV stigma.

For further information, please contact Amit Marks.

Quality Improvement in Patient Safety

Clinical Lead: Dr Andy Carson-Stevens

Funded by the All Wales Therapeutic and Toxicology Centre, NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, and Primary and Emergency Care Research Centre Wales, working in partnership with the RCGP this programme will focus on quality improvement in patient safety, building further on the previous work completed in partnership with NIHR to develop the Patient Safety toolkit.

For further information, please contact Stuart Barr.

Sepsis

Clinical Lead: Dr Simon Stockley

Funded by NHS England and Health Education England, working in partnership with the RCGP this programme will coordinate and focus General Practice efforts to improve the outcomes from sepsis, particularly in collaboration with colleagues across all health systems to reduce deaths from sepsis each year across the UK.

This programme of work is likely to be extended by at least a further 12 months post April 2017.

For further information, please contact Imke Jahner.

Brain Tumours in Children

Clinical Lead: Dr Rebecca Chellaswamy

Funded by the Children's Brain Tumour Research Centre at the University of Nottingham, working in partnership with the Cancer Research UK funded RCGP Cancer Clinical Priority, this programme aims to reduce delays in diagnosis for children with brain tumours by raising awareness in primary care of the signs and symptoms of tumours in children.

This will be achieved through a series of UK-wide workshops as well as development of a toolkit of resources for practitioners and patients, and e-Learning modules for training purposes.

For further information, please contact Sarah Pollet.

 

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