Clinical News


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.


Collaborate with the RCGP to improve patient care

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The Royal College of General Practitioners has launched its programme calling for partners to develop clinical programmes in 2020. It is an opportunity to collaborate with the College’s Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) to support GPs and primary care teams to deliver better quality health and care to their patients.


Genomics medicine: new hope in diagnosis, treatment and disease prevention

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The RCGP recently launched a genomics medicine toolkit to support GPs and their teams to better understand genomics medicine and how it can contribute to improving patient care. Dr Jude Hayward and Dr Imran Rafi, Joint RCGP Clinical Champions for Genomics, explain more.


Home visit delegation in general practice: Who is responsible now?

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The National Institute for Health Research School of Primary Care Research (NIHR SPCR) Evidence Synthesis Working Group is a collaboration of all nine primary care member departments of the SPCR. Here, members of the group describe the findings and implications for practice from their review on the delegation of home visits in general practice.


RCGP Bright Ideas: Red Kite Health Solutions, a social enterprise approach to sustainable general practice

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At the Royal College of General Practitioners, we want new approaches to be recognised, celebrated and shared. Recently the College awarded a Bright Ideas Award to Red Kite Health Solutions, in Powys, Wales for its social enterprise approach to providing sustainable general practice in the county.


RCGP Bright Ideas: The Cancer Maps

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This year the College recognised six people and practice teams with Bright Ideas Awards for innovative approaches which have improved efficiency and workload in primary care. The award winners included Dr Ben Noble, Associate Clinical Cancer Lead at East Midlands Strategic Clinical Network. Dr Noble received the award for Cancer Maps, a referral algorithm that supports the recommendations in the NICE guideline on recognition and referral for suspected cancer.

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