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Consultation on research in general practice

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Help the RCGP improve its support for research in general practice. Complete our survey to tell us what support you need for research. What would encourage you to engage in research? What tools can RCGP provide? Have you used Research Ready? We are seeking views from GPs, practice team and other stakeholders on their experiences of research in general practice.


Successful research brought to you by RCGP Scientific Foundation Board

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The RCGP’s Scientific Foundation Board supports high quality primary care research studies, and awards grants for research relevant to general medical practice and primary care. Read about the high quality primary care research generated last year from projects funded by the Board. Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham, Chair of RCGP Scientific Foundation Board, explains more.


New season of grants and fellowships through RCGP Scientific Foundation Board

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Meet the early career researchers whose high quality primary care research projects have been awarded RCGP Scientific Foundation Board grants and fellowships, and read on to learn more about the opportunity to enhance your CV and influence primary care research by joining the Board.


Clinical Champion? What’s that?

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What is a “Clinical Champion”? How can Clinical Champions improve outcomes for patients? Here’s how Dr Daniel Murphy, RCGP Clinical Champion for Inflammatory Arthritis, and Versus Arthritis Musculoskeletal Champion, has worked to reduce delays in diagnosis for arthritis patients.


Bright Ideas: Using positive psychology to reduce missed appointments

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The RCGP recently awarded a patient with a High Impact Bright Ideas Award for innovation in primary care. Shirley Bull, the first patient to win the award, was recognised for a new approach which uses behavioural psychology to reduce missed appointments at her practice in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham.


Applications now open for Bright Ideas – supporting open innovation from the frontline

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At the RCGP we support fresh approaches that address the challenges facing general practice and solutions that improve care. We are launching a new call for Bright Ideas Awards 2019 to recognise innovative approaches that have been tried and tested on the frontline. Professor Martin Marshall, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs, explains more.


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?’

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