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.

Revisiting our manifesto calls in light of COVID-19

Prof Peter Saul discusses how RCGP Cymru Wales' policy calls ahead of the 2021 Senedd election have evolved due to the pandemic, and pays tribute to Dr David Wood MBE.

Thoughts on the Programme for Government

Dr Carey Lunan, Chair of RCGP Scotland, reflects on the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government 2020-21 and what this means for general practice

Restarting GP appraisals

Today (3 Sept 2020) we have heard that GP appraisals in England will be restarting from October 2020. This follows similar announcements for doctors in Scotland and Wales.

Infection control and PPE in primary care: summary of new guidance August 2020

The guidance on infection prevention and control has been updated. This guidance covers the whole of the UK and is applicable in all clinical settings.

The importance of ensuring a robust pipeline of future GPs cannot be underestimated

Last Friday’s message was meant to be my last for a couple of weeks but there are no signs of things slowing down, despite it being the middle of August, and I wanted to update you without delay on some important news.

As a clinician, I’m going to try my hardest to remember our patient-centred roots

General practice prides itself on being patient-centred, rather than focusing narrowly on presenting problems or diseases. It’s challenging, often draining, but it’s why patients trust us and it’s what makes us effective. I guess that’s why, at the height of the COVID crisis, I felt both relieved and guilty that I had permission to narrow my focus.

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