National Association for Patient Participation

Updates


Blog: Life as an NI Locum

19 April 2016

In the latest instalment of our Guest Blog series, Dr Lynette Ferguson sheds some light on the role locum doctors have to play in general practice and explains what life is like as a locum in Northern Ireland.


At the party conferences with RCGP Wales

13 April 2016

The last month has been incredibly busy with RCGP Wales representatives attending the party conferences for all 4 of the parties represented in the Senedd, holding fringe events at the Plaid Cymru, Labour and Conservative conferences.


Push your candidates on GP with RCGP

11 April 2016

Elections are nearly upon us. GPs and patients in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be voting for their devolved government representatives, while in England local authority seats, London Assembly positions and the London Mayorship are all available.


New route to help boost GP numbers

10 April 2016

Our campaign aims to bring 8,000 more FTE GPs to England by 2020, and this target is being approached in lots of different ways. The RCGP is a partner with HEE on the 10 point plan, an initiative to help more GPs be recruited to, return or be retained in the NHS workforce. As part of this project, Health Education England has now launched a new phase of the Induction and Refresher scheme: the portfolio route.


Second Medical Student Guest Blog

05 April 2016

Northern Ireland faces significant issues with training and recruiting enough general practitioners to meet the needs of our ageing population. One in four GPs here are over the age of 55 and will soon be retiring - if we do not address our workforce challenges, it will become much more difficult to maintain the standard of local primary care health service that our population demands and deserves.


First Medical Student Guest Blog

05 April 2016

To create sustainable health care services in local communities in the future, we need to have a steady stream of enthusiastic, well-educated and qualified general practitioners who are keen to live and work in Northern Ireland.


GP breaks posters hitting surgeries now

05 April 2016

We’re sending out posters to put up in GP surgeries explaining why GPs need to take regular breaks.


Thank you - 700 supporters take action

05 April 2016

Thank you to the 700 of you who have reached out to primary care minister Alistair Burt through our Public Accounts Committee action. You’ve been contacting MPs in your hundreds to ask them to contact the Minister, calling on him to implement the committee’s recommendations.


Budget: Sugar tax is a positive but what more for GP

16 March 2016

We've had mixed news from the budget today. We’re happy to hear about the introduction of a tax on sugary drinks which we have been championing with TV Chef and Honorary Fellow of the RCGP Jamie Oliver. However, general practice needs more.


Scottish campaign wins 20m for GP

14 March 2016

Fantastic news from RCGP Scotland: it seems that the government has heard our campaigning as at the end of last week they announced they would be putting an additional £20m “directly into general practice”.

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