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.

Spotlight on self-care

My name is Dr Alex Lai - F5 wellbeing lead, and I wanted to share my top tips on sustaining your wellbeing throughout your GP career.

GPs are core to every effective health system

After two years, I hand on to my successor, Clare Gerada, and will look back on a term of office where for the most part I had no chance to do face to face meetings with members.

Long-term lessons from the pandemic

The journalist James Marriott bemoans the unwillingness of politicians to learn lessons from the pandemic. He points to the irony that the world has changed irrevocably for the families and friends of the more than 150,000 people who have died from Covid, and the many thousands of clinicians who’ve cared for them, and yet the political discourse is to move on, to pretend that nothing has happened.

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

We’re all familiar with Maslow’s hierarchy of needs which describes the factors which impact on our motivations and behaviours.

Put simply, the Russian American psychologist claimed that we won’t be motivated to change our lives unless we have adequate food, water, warmth, and rest.

A glimmer of hope?

Where else but general practice would you ever see such a glimmer of hope amidst the intense workload and workforce pressures caused by years of underinvestment and poor planning?

Reflections on my last out of hours session

This Christmas I did my last out of hours session, ever, a 13-hour daytime shift in an Urgent Care Centre. As I drove home exhausted, I reflected how things had changed since my first GP on call 32 years ago. Back then I was on a one in seven rota –holding the bleep for 24-hours. Day and night, armed with an A to Z and Gladstone bag, I would traipse the estates of South London, struggling to find the right home as the door numbers were never sequential. Most problems related to acute conditions – infections, renal colic, and, given the area I practiced, patients with sickle cell crisis. I had access to an intermediate care facility – low acuity beds. So elderly patients who were ‘just off their feet’ or needing palliative care could easily be admitted for a two-week stay.

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