Clinical News


Healthcare in secure environments – making a break for it

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As GPs, we are used to working in isolation and none more so than those who work to provide care behind the imposing concrete walls and barbed wire of the secure establishments. Patients in these settings share one thing in common – they have no freedom of choice as to who provides their healthcare. Dr Jake Hard FRCGP, Chair of RCGP Secure Environments Group, outlines our commitment to caring for people in the justice system.


Collaboration in general practice: primary care networks

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Following the 2015 and 2017 RCGP and Nuffield Trust surveys, we’ve launched a 2019 survey to understand the general practice landscape and how primary care is integrating. What have been the changes and challenges? How are people progressing and operating in collaborations and networks?


QI Ready - share your feedback

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The RCGP quality improvement tool, QI Ready has recently been re-vamped. To ensure QI Ready continues to be a useful tool for GPs and practice staff, we are seeking feedback from QI Ready users on their experience of using the resource.


Data sharing saves lives

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GPs are increasingly being asked to share patient data with organisations across the NHS and beyond. But a series of data scandals have made healthcare professionals and patients ask: ‘Why should we share our data?’ David Mullett, RCGP Champion for Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, suggests that a better question is, ‘why wouldn’t we share our data?’


World Cancer Day… just another day or the chance to improve the quality of your cancer care?

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Cancer has become the greatest cause of death and in particular premature (under 75) death in the UK. World Cancer Day allows reflection on this important clinical subject. The National Cancer Diagnosis Audit provides an opportunity to review cancer data, and contribute to improving cancer outcomes through diagnosing cancers earlier.


Creating sustainable general practice in a disruptive world - what is your contribution?

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The RCGP will hold its GP At Scale National Summit on 7 March 2019 to explore the future of general practice, examining what the NHS Long-Term Plan, Partnership Review, Estates Review, primary care networks and IT Futures means for GPs and general practice.


Quality Improvement: psychotropic prescribing for patients with learning disabilities and or autism

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The latest RCGP CPRD Quality Improvement data reports have just been distributed to practices across the UK. They give practice-level feedback on prescribing anti-psychotics and anti-depressants to patients with learning disabilities and or autism.


Supporting patient choice: the national data opt-out six months on

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The RCGP has been working with NHS Digital to deliver the Patient Data Choices project, which provides information and resources on national data output to support primary care teams.


New course on antibiotic prescribing in primary care launched

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The TARGET team at Public Health England, in collaboration with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, have developed an online course on the Future Learn platform aimed at primary care healthcare professionals who are involved in the treatment of common infections.


Using patient online services to enable a person-centred care for people managing diabetes

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Patient online services can support informed decision-making and collaborative problem-solving with the healthcare team, improving clinical outcomes and quality of life for people managing diabetes mellitus.

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