Clinical News


New guidance on the management of liver blood tests

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The British Society of Gastroenterology published guidance on the management of liver blood tests in December 2017. The guidance provides information on the individual tests that are used to assess liver disease and their interpretation, when to test, typical patterns of LFT abnormalities and how to respond to abnormal tests.


The updated National Early Warning Score and its use with suspected Sepsis

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The National Early Warning Score (NEWS) was developed by the Royal College of Physicians, and has been Implemented throughout the NHS(1). NEWS (2) was released in December 2017 by the NEWS Review Group. Based on feedback from NEWS users, the report includes recommendations on the assessment of patients with suspected Sepsis.


When two working worlds collide - GP with Specialist Interest in emergency medicine

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Loving general practice but missing hospital life? Feeling exhausted but stimulated by the idea of working in another speciality as part of your week? Ever considered being a GP with Specialist Interest, (GPwSI)?


National audit recommends intersectoral communication and education to improve COPD care

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The National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Audit Programme for England and Wales comprises a number of ambitious audit workstreams, combined with an extensive partnership approach and comprehensive multidisciplinary, collaborative working.


Anticipatory care planning in three questions

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Bright Idea award winner for for introducing a simplified care-planning approach to delivering care to new care home residents who lack the capacity to make decisions concerning their welfare.


New Person-Centred Care video case studies

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See the first in a series of informational case studies on person-centred care. In this video, we visit Totnes and learn about how GPs and the MDT works closely with the voluntary sector to support patients.


National Cancer Diagnosis Audit shows good quality of care

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The NCDA reviewed over 17,000 cancer cases, diagnosed in 2014, across a sample of English Practices.


RCGP launches Inflammatory Arthritis Toolkit

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Our RCGP / British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) toolkit aims to give busy GPs all the resources they require to improve practice and reduce this delay in diagnosis.


Research in 2017

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In 2017 the research programme at the RCGP has celebrated supporting our research-engaged members, working closely with other organisations and academic departments.


GP at Scale: improve the care patients receive

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As primary care physicians we know our own communities well and live daily with the tension between providing continuity of care and meeting the accessibility they need, whilst working in practices stretched by workforce challenges and rising demand.

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