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.

Our hidden role in just keeping vulnerable patients going should be another entry on the long list of 'business as usual' general practice

A GP recently described to me how almost every week for more than a decade, she’d seen the same young woman in her Wednesday morning surgery. The woman was a single mother, had been sexually abused as a child and frequently self-harmed. The weekly meeting, which the GP described as 'just a supportive chat’, kept the patient going.

The concept of a digital consultation sounds reassuringly modern so why are we reverting to a technology that’s been around for 150 years?

According to the most recent data from NHS Digital, more than half of general practice appointments were carried out face to face. This isn’t surprising. Since the low of one in 10 last spring, the proportion of face to face appointments has slowly but steadily increased, in spite of the Secretary of State’s call for 'digital by default'.

There have been many in the past week who have commented on Prince Philip's valuable and personal contributions to public life

A week ago today, the country heard of the death of Prince Philip in his 100th year and after a long life in the public eye. The Duke of Edinburgh was the RCGP’s Royal Patron, and had actively supported the College on a number of occasions, including the official opening of the new headquarters at 30 Euston Square on 26 March 2014.

Mental wellbeing and resilience in a time of change

With stressors, we become less able to cope. Our health is impacted in numerous ways, such as reduced sleep, increased anxiety and risk of panic attacks, and potentially struggling with relating to others.

Perhaps the responsibilities of general practice are moving full circle?

In the dim and distant past, Medical Officers of Health, the predecessors of the current Directors of Public Health, often used to be local GPs. A colleague, whose father was a full-time single-handed GP in Caerleon and MOH for Caerleon Urban District Council, recently sent me a copy of his father’s annual report for 1935.

AKT and RCA dates confirmed

I am pleased to announce that we have been able to finalise our exam dates for the next year, ahead of the original anticipated date of 8 April.

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