Spotlight projects 2018 to 2019

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. 

Applications for new projects open for a 3 month period in October each year. Applications are assessed based on quality of project design, GP need, potential impact, financial viability and against the RCGP principles of preventing overdiagnosis.

Dermatology

The aim of this work is to improve outcomes of care for patients with skin disease. This spotlight project will focus on improved lesion diagnosis through the use of dermatoscopy in Primary Care, alongside the development of web based learning resources to support the management of acne, rosacea, psoriasis and eczema.

  • Clinical Champion: Dr Emma Le Roux

Efficient Multimorbidity Management

Multimorbidity encapsulates the challenges of generalist care. The project aim is to understand barriers to offering holistic chronic disease care (compared to single disease QOF-led care) and to showcase examples of effective practice. This will include assessing ways for blood test monitoring to be streamlined and how work can be shared across the multidisciplinary primary care team. 

  • Clinical Champion: Dr Rachel Pryke

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

End of Life Care

Working with Marie Curie 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

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Following on from the 2017-18 Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Spotlight project, which aimed to improve the detection of IBD and to support primary care clinicians in treating, managing and referring patients with the condition, this project will focus on flare management, and long term condition management. We will work with our partners at Crohn's and Colitis UK to deliver this 12 month project.

  • Clinical Champion: Dr Kevin Barrett

Lyme Disease

This spotlight project focuses on raising the profile of Lyme disease in general practice and thereby increase awareness and improve patient outcomes. It will support primary care clinicians in developing clinical skills and expertise aimed at improving early recognition, diagnosis and treatment of the condition. The project aims to significantly augment the current system of recording only laboratory-confirmed cases by having an effective primary care response in place with enhanced clinical surveillance. 

  • Clinical Champion: Dr Anne Cruikshank

Menstrual Wellbeing  

We are taking forward a 12 month piece of work focusing on Menstrual Wellbeing, in partnership with Endometriosis UK. The focus of this project will be the development of resources to help primary care clinicians recognise the symptoms of menstrual dysfunction and understand the common causes, investigations and management options.

  • Clinical Champion: Dr Anne Connolly 

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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