Clinical News


Let’s recognise the impact of clinical trials in general practice

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Monday 20 May 2019 was International Clinical Trials Day, a time to celebrate clinical research of the past, present and future. Dr Nick Thomas, RCGP Clinical Lead for Research, outlines the role of clinical trials in general practice and the impact they have on the care being delivered to patients every day.


Spotlight on Lyme disease: New RCGP toolkit launched

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Lyme disease, also described as ‘the new great imitator’, is the most common vector-borne disease in the northern hemisphere. Whilst early diagnosis and treatment may provide a cure, symptoms can be non-specific and easily missed, with potentially serious consequences. Dr Anne Cruikshank, RCGP Clinical Champion for Lyme disease explains more.


New Daffodil Standards and QOF: Supporting quality improvements in palliative and end of life care

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As we mark Dying Matters week, it's an opportunity for your practice to reflect on how we can build on the good end of life care already provided. Sign up to the new UK-wide Daffodil Standards – offering free end of life care guidance and resources with attributable CPD points to help meet practice quality improvement goals.


RSPH launches ‘Public Mental Health: Evidence, practice and commissioning’ report

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The Royal Society of Public Health has published the ‘Public Mental Health: Evidence, practice and commissioning’ report, summarising the evidence for impacts of mental disorder and wellbeing, risk factors for mental disorder, protective factors for mental wellbeing and higher risk groups and interventions to treat mental disorder.


Making a difference to cancer?

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The RCGP and Cancer Research UK together are making a difference – one of the free streams of activity are the Faculty events – delivered across the UK. Attendee feedback suggests many will, as a result improve their practice. More events are planned for 2019/20 together with other educational opportunities…


Using TARGET Antibiotics resources for optimal prescribing

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TARGET Antibiotics resources have been used by primary care providers to improve antibiotics use. This article outlines an approach of using antibiotics campaigns across geographic area to reduce the STAR PU (Specific Therapeutic Group Age-sex Related Prescribing Unit) for prescriptions and to ensure appropriate prescribing.


Mental health: self-harming in older adults has distinct characteristics

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Mental health problems affect all age groups, including older adults. Statistically, self-harm rates are lower among older adults compared to rates in the younger population, however, suicide completion rates in older adults are significantly higher. Dr Elizabeth England, RCGP Clinical Champion for Mental Health and Dr Nadia Llanwarne, RCGP Clinical Support Fellow for Mental Health, outline the characteristics of self-harming in older adults.


New Dermatology Toolkit now live

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The RCGP Dermatology Spotlight team has launched a Dermatology Toolkit to support primary care teams care for patients suffering from skin conditions. RCGP Clinical Champion for Dermatology, Dr Emma La Roux, explains more.


Significant progress made to reduce the burden of Hepatitis C in England but more to do

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Recently released figures from Public Health England suggest a significant reduction in Hepatitis C related deaths in England. To sustain this fall in mortality and eliminate Hepatitis C internationally by 2030, identifying people who are unaware that they have Hepatitis C will need to become a priority. RCGP Liver Disease Clinical Champion, Dr Helen Jarvis, summarises the new PHE statistics, and signposts to new GP resources.


Taking action on sedentary behavior

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The RCGP is launching an ‘Active Practice Charter’ to encourage GP surgeries to take steps towards reducing sedentary behaviour and increasing physical activity, for patients and staff. RCGP Physical Activity and Lifestyle Clinical Champion, Dr Zoe Williams, outlines the aims of the Charter.

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