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GP practices preparing for expanded flu vaccination programme but need assurance about supply, says RCGP

11 August 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The College is supportive of measures to expand the flu vaccination programme this year as a precaution to stop the NHS, including general practice, becoming overwhelmed should there be second wave of COVID-19 this winter. The two main challenges were always going to be procuring enough supply of the vaccine, and logistics of delivering it to patients on a scale potentially twice as big as usual.


Continuity of care must be at the forefront of minds as plans are made for how patients access GP services post-COVID

11 August 2020

Responding to a new study in the British Journal of General Practice ‘Primary medical care continuity and patient mortality: a systematic review’ Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “When considering the future of general practice, it’s vital that we place continuity of care at the forefront of our minds.


CCGs should work with GP practices to ensure patients who need face to face consultations continue to be able to have them, says RCGP

06 August 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Throughout the pandemic GPs and our teams have been working differently to normal delivering care to patients with both COVID and non-COVID conditions. Whilst most care has been delivered remotely during lockdown, to help stop the spread of the virus, and keep practice staff and other patients safe, face to face appointments will have been facilitated where necessary.


More than 10,000 aspiring medics sign up for virtual GP work experience during COVID-19 crisis

05 August 2020

The Royal College of GPs’ free, virtual and interactive general practice work experience platform, launched during the COVID-19 pandemic, has received 10,000 registrations within its first three months.


'Patchy' access to chronic pain management therapies must be addressed if new NICE guidelines are to make a difference

03 August 2020

Responding to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s (NICE) draft clinical guideline published today on the assessment and management of chronic pain in over 16s Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Diagnosing and managing the care of patients in chronic pain can be challenging in general practice, not least because in many cases pain starts as an acute problem, which becomes chronic at a later stage. Once diagnosis has been made, there is also currently a lack of access to some of the evidence-based interventions, that could be of benefit for patients, recommended in these guidelines.


Good aspirations but frustrating lack of detail for general practice in NHS People Plan, says RCGP

30 July 2020

Responding to the NHS England and Improvement People Plan, published today, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "General practice is the foundation of the NHS, it keeps the health service sustainable and delivers care where patients want it, close to home. That is only possible because of the hard-working GPs and other healthcare professionals working within it – but they have been working under intense resource and workforce pressures for too long and the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly added to these pressures.


RCGP recognises GPs for their contribution to clinical guidelines and standards

30 July 2020

The Royal College of GPs has announced the winners of the RCGP Clinical Adviser Awards 2020 in recognition of the exceptional GP contribution to the RCGP Clinical Advisers Network, a programme that provides GPs with the opportunity to use their knowledge and experience to influence national clinical policy guidelines and quality standards.


A clear take away from COVID is that GPs work well with less bureaucracy, says RCGP

30 July 2020

Responding to Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s speech on the future of healthcare, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "GPs and our teams have been working hard throughout the pandemic delivering care to patients with both COVID and non-COVID conditions. We’ve seen a remarkable shift in the way we’ve worked - a shift that pre-pandemic would have been considered aspirational at best, so it is encouraging that the Secretary of State is keen to learn from this for the future.


RCGP survey provides snapshot of how GP care is accessed in latest stages of pandemic

30 July 2020

Remote consultations can provide both benefits and challenges for patients and GPs and while convenient and efficient for many, ‘won’t be suitable or preferable for everyone’ the Royal College of GPs has said today as it releases the results of a survey of its members.


RCGP Scotland welcomes the launch of NHS Pharmacy First Scotland

29 July 2020

The Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland (RCGP Scotland) has today welcomed the launch of NHS Pharmacy First Scotland.

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