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.

#ProudtoBE: Change and the Future

As a black GP, it's been encouraging to have forward-thinking colleagues as allies who see potential, view all people as equals and create opportunity for meritocracy to flourish.

Thriving as a new GP - Ten pearls of wisdom

Your career as a GP will be filled with opportunity, growth and the ability to make a difference to thousands of people, but it is not without its challenges. The useful tips in this section will help to get you started and comfortable with all the things you can do to embrace your new career.

General practice is changing, and this change needs to happen thoughtfully and strategically

We used to joke that GPs worked to the John Wayne contract - a GP’s got to do what a GP’s got to do. All-things-to-all-people is another way of describing our job description.

Access to health services has become politicised in recent years

Good access to health services is a defining feature of effective primary care. The Alma Ata declaration told us this in 1978 and few clinicians would disagree. Ensuring good access is particularly important for people with a quiet voice or no voice. But it’s also important for those who have no problem being heard, because it maintains the social compact which underpins the NHS.

How our practice got better at UTI management

Dr Linda Strettle used the TARGET antibiotics toolkit to change policies and processes surrounding diagnosis and management of UTIs at her practice.

Can we learn from history? Yes, and this is something to be proud of. But the need for change remains

I’m delighted to announce our first online exhibition, 'Women at the heart of general practice', highlighting the journey from women first becoming doctors (a huge battle in itself) to being more than half of the medical school intake and GP workforce. Take a look: there are fascinating insights, and we hope it will trigger interesting reflections and conversations. The College is planning a series of events over the next six months to discuss its implications.

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