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.

Immunisation is key

One of the positives from recent months has been the greater focus on population health and within this, immunisation is key. General Practice responded in the 1960s with the delivery of the smallpox vaccine and again in 2010 following swine flu. We need to do the same again. This won’t be easy, but it is of high relevance and priority and I know that GPs will rise to the challenge as we always do.

The impact of COVID-19 on College operations

As we see in the news, the health emergency is also a crisis for the economy. Businesses and third sector organisations are having to make decisions which would have seemed unthinkable at the start of the year and the RCGP is sadly no exception, explains Professor Peter Saul, Joint Chair of RCGP Wales.

Reflecting at the end of an important week for GP recruitment and retention in Scotland

Dr Carey Lunan, Chair of RCGP Scotland, reflects on GP recruitment and retention in Scotland as the fill rates for GP specialty training are announced and we welcome a new cohort of AiTs into our profession.

Our role in advocating for cancer patients cannot be underestimated

Dr Laurence Dorman, RCGPNI Chair, focuses on early cancer diagnosis, palliative care and the importance of accurate GP data.

Do we risk sacrificing our effectiveness as clinicians in the name of convenience?

What will be the likely balance between remote and face-to-face consultations in general practice when we reach a post-pandemic steady state? Before COVID hit, 75% of consultations in general practice were face-to-face. Now, according to the RCGP Research Surveillance Centre data, it’s about 30%, up from a low of just 15% at the peak of the crisis.

Delivering a prudent approach to primary care in Wales

Dr Mair Hopkin, Joint Chair of RCGP Wales, discusses the College’s joint report with the Bevan Commission, Delivering a Prudent Approach to Primary Care in Wales, and the several recommendations it makes.

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