Welcome to the new RCGP blog, where you'll find updates on a range of our activities with posts from RCGP officers, members, staff and guest bloggers.

We absolutely have to give ourselves and our staff a break over the summer

I feel like the Grim Reaper when I point out, yet again, that general practice is in the middle of a workload crisis. And I feel like the Grim Reaper’s evil uncle when I suggest that we probably face an even tougher time in the winter. I say 'probably' because there’s so much uncertainty about how infectious diseases will play out over coming months and how they will impact on NHS activity.

RCGP examinations - future developments

We hope you have all been keeping well and want to thank you for your continued work to support your general practice colleagues and patients throughout the pandemic. Here’s our latest update on future developments for RCGP examinations. We are currently working on the exam schedule for 2022 and will update you soon.

On Call to a Nation

Set aside some time, make yourself a drink and watch where our speciality has come from. You’ll be reminded that many of the joys (our proximity to our patients’ lives) and challenges (being undervalued and inadequately supported) that we now face are enduring ones.

Undoable workload is the biggest impediment to our ability as GPs to provide care for our patients

There are lots of small answers to the workload crisis that we’re all experiencing, viscerally, every day and we, GPC colleagues and others are working on them. But there’s only one big answer and that’s increasing the size of the general practice workforce. What can and needs to be done in general practice has increased exponentially in recent decades and the number of health professionals delivering care has failed to keep pace.

RCGP Myanmar Volunteers – On the frontline internationally

The RCGP Myanmar Volunteers have been actively working with Myanmar since 2013 to improve the quality of Myanmar General Practice.

Ridgeway Surgery PPG: Pride in our PPG

Dr Clare Etherington, Ridgeway Surgery, Harrow, discusses her pride in the Ridgeway Surgery PPG.

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