Clinical News


RCGP Bright Ideas: The prison GP communication project

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The RCGP recently recognised Dr Richard Kirk, from South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland with a Bright Ideas Award. Find out how his Bright Idea to improve communications between medical professionals caring for prisoners improved patient outcomes.


Lung Cancer Awareness Month: how GPs can contribute to earlier diagnosis of lung cancer

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November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung cancer is the largest cause of cancer deaths in the UK. RCGP and Cancer Research UK Cancer Clinical Champion, Dr Richard Roope, discusses how GPs can contribute to the earlier diagnosis of lung cancer.


QI Workshop

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The RCGP has been commissioned to develop quality improvement modules to be included in the Quality Outcomes Framework. The College is looking for testers for the prescription drug dependency module in January 2020.


New national guidance released for post-discharge care following acute kidney injury

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The RCGP has developed new national guidance for post-discharge care following acute kidney injury. This has been based on collaboration between primary and secondary care and through national partnerships.


Person Centred Care Network of Champions

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The RCGP’s Network of Champions aims to support a collaborative approach to the delivery of person-centred care. It brings together GPs, healthcare professionals and people with lived experience to help make personalisation a reality. Members of the network act as innovators, leaders and learners, and can exchange ideas and information through an online platform. Dr Deena El-Shirbiny, RCGP Clinical Support Fellow for Person-Centred Care, explains more.


Tips for prescribing antibiotics to children

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Dr Sanjay Patel, a consultant in paediatric infectious diseases at Southampton Children’s Hospital, shares some of his insights into prescribing antibiotics for children.


Quality improvement: Better outcomes for patients with cancer

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GPs want to make a difference. Quality improvement allows primary care to deliver improved healthcare for our communities by practising up to date, patient-centred, personalised care in an ever-changing world, engaging with both the science and art of medicine. Dr Richard Roope, RCGP and Cancer Research UK Clinical Champion for Cancer, explains more.


Improving the wellbeing of patients with syncope

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The RCGP Syncope Spotlight Project was launched in the summer to raise awareness of syncope to GPs and their teams and patients. The aim of the project is to improve the wellbeing of patients with syncope through improved detection, assessment and treatment in primary care. The team also aims to clarify misconceptions of the causes of syncope. Dr Lesley Kavi, RCGP Clinical Champion for Syncope, explains more.


Antibiotics: Managing common infections Part 1

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Antibiotics provide limited benefit for symptom relief in acute respiratory infection. What are the drivers of prescribing? How common are adverse outcomes?
Does prescribing provide protection? Professor Michael Moore, Professor of Primary Health Care Research at the University of Southampton, discusses using antibiotics to manager acute respiratory tract illness.


Scoring systems and audit to improve antimicrobial prescribing decisions in primary care

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Antimicrobial resistance is a serious threat to health caused by overuse of antibiotics. Scoring systems for commonly presenting conditions can help to reduce unnecessary antibiotic prescribing. Similarly audits of prescribing behaviour can lead to long term improvement in decisions for both when to prescribe and the choice of antimicrobials used in primary care. Dr Graham Duce, RCGP Clinical Champion for TARGET Antibiotics, explains more.

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