Clinical News


2017: Clinical Priorities and Quality Improvements at the RCGP

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The Clinical Priorities, Spotlight and Quality Improvement programmes are a very important and effective way for the RCGP to engage with the entire general practice community and 2017 has been no different.


Personalised care dealing with 50 per cent of GP appointments

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Our new video highlights the need for a person-centred care approach to give patients more choice and control in their lives


The Bright Idea: Support for GP trainees in Northern Ireland

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An eBooklet was developed and emailed to 50 newly qualifying GPs in NI as they finished their Specialty Training Programme (40 completing training at start of August 2017 and an additional 10 who had completed training since the start of 2017 out of sync).


1 in 5 women affected by perinatal mental health

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Building on the foundations laid by the Clinical Priority Programme in Perinatal Mental Health, the RCGP is running a 1-year Spotlight Project focused on GP team education in this small but very important part of our work in General Practice.


30 seconds - enough to help a smoker quit?

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Smoking cessation is one of the most successful health interventions. In the context of long term smoking having a fatality rate of over 50%, for every two smokers who quit, one smoking related death has been saved.


Care of dying adults in the last days of life

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The RCGP/ Marie Curie spotlight project for end of life care has produced top tips based on NICE guidance care of dying adults in the last days of life. Perhaps one of the more complex areas of the guidance is that around hydration and related symptoms.


World Sepsis Day: Building a 'sepsis aware' healthcare system

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World Sepsis Day on 13th September saw the release of two NHS England documents on the recognition and management of Sepsis. This was closely followed by the first NICE Quality Standard for Sepsis. Clinical Support Fellow for Sepsis Rachel Marsden, discusses these documents, as well as highlighting what is next for the Sepsis Clinical Priority Programme.


Contraception for older, 'higher risk' women

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The recently published Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare Guideline on Contraception for women aged over 40 provides evidence based recommendations for use of contraception in these ‘higher risk’ women. This guidance also offers recommendations and clarity for the use of contraception with Hormone Replacement Therapy.


The real cost of liver disease

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The prevalence of liver disease and liver-related related mortality are increasing in the UK. The Foundation for Liver Research has summarised the cost of liver disease to health and care systems in the UK and calls for comprehensive public health measures to address its main causes.


Clinical Research Network awards

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A snapshot from this year's RCGP and National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) CRN awards which recognised research excellence.

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