Clinical News


How do we EQUIP our future GPs to be leaders in improvement? “Awake their curiosity”

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What empowers and activates our future GPs to be leaders in improvement? The EQUIP (Education and Experience in QUality ImProvement) programme, developed to support geographically dispersed GP trainees to acquire the skills and experience they need to bring about improvement, does just that. Dr Nigel Hart, Associate Director, GP Training, Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency, explains more about the programme.


New RCGP End of Life Care CPD learning resources

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The RCGP with partners has produced education resources to support multi-professional practice learning and quality improvement to help general practice assess and build on their good end of life care. These resources support the Daffodil Standards and with the new end of life care quality improvement module featured in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) in England. RCGP and Marie Curie Clinical Champion for End of Life Care, Dr Catherine Millington-Sanders, explains more.


Feeling out of sorts? Talking helps

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January saw the launch of the Age UK awareness campaign encouraging older people to seek help for anxiety and depression. The campaign, co-produced with NHS England promotes the benefits of talking therapies. To support the campaign, the RCGP together with the Royal College of Nurses, Age UK, and NHS England, have produced a ‘Top tips: Diagnosis and management of common mental health problems in older people’.


Quality Improvement: Initiatives for patients who are deaf or have a hearing loss

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There are 12 million people with hearing loss across the UK and with an ageing population, this is expected to increase to 15.6 million by 2035. Dr Devina Maru, RCGP Clinical Champion of Deafness and Hearing Loss outlines quality improvement approaches for patients who are deaf or have a hearing loss.


RCGP launches Multidisciplinary Team toolkit

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The RCGP recently published a Multidisciplinary Team toolkit, which supports practices to develop their clinical teams and create a way of working that is better able to meet their population needs for both urgent and routine primary care. Dr Stephanie Coughlin, RCGP Clinical Lead for Innovation, explains more.


RCGP Bright Ideas: The sickle cell disease outreach clinic

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The RCGP Bright Ideas project provides an online platform where people can share ideas for small changes that can have a big impact on general practice. Learn about Rowhedge and University of Essex Medical Practice’s bright idea, a sickle cell disease outreach clinic which improved patient outcomes for students at the University of Essex.


Cervical cancer: a unique approach for a unique disease

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Cervical cancer is the largest cause of cancer deaths in 30 countries (largely in sub-Saharan Africa), and although less common in the UK, there were 3,192 cases and 852 deaths annually (2014-16). It is one of the most preventable cancers with a striking 99.8% of UK cases preventable. Dr Richard Roope, RCGP and Cancer Research UK Cancer Clinical Champion, explains more.


QI in general practice: What do GPs and practice managers think?

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There is growing recognition of the importance of quality improvement in general practice. But what is the level of QI knowledge, awareness and usage among UK practices? Newly published research from the London School of Hygiene & tropical Medicine funded by the Health Foundation provides some answers.


Women's health: new e-learning module and patient podcast

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The RCGP is expanding its Menstrual Wellbeing toolkit into a Women’s Health hub. This will include additional resources to help clinicians care for women through a life-course approach. The hub will include new free to access CPD, including Heavy Menstrual Bleeding e-learning and a patient podcasts. Dr Anne Connolly, RCGP Clinical Champion for Women’s Health, explains more.


RCGP Bright Ideas: GP Consultant Exchange Programme

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The barriers between primary and secondary care can lead to frustrations and impact on patient care and safety. Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group implemented an innovative Bright Idea, the GP Consultant Exchange Programme, to foster deeper partnerships between clinicians and to ignite opportunities for innovation and quality improvement.

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