Clinical News


Artificial Intelligence – opportunity to support RCGP to ensure AI works on the frontline

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In November 2018, the RCGP published its “Artificial Intelligence and Primary Care” report. Since then, the College is continuing to champion the development of AI that supports clinical teams to provide the best possible health care. We are now inviting clinicians and primary care professionals to give us some insight into how AI will impact them.


Quality Improvement Initiatives for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Dr Kevin Barrett, RCGP Clinical Champion for Inflammatory Bowel Disease, outlines how quality improvement can be used to improve care and support for people with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.


Collaborative Quality Improvement in Wales

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Dr Karen Gully, Clinical Director (Primary Care) Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and RCGP Quality Lead for Wales, discusses the quality improvement programmes being used to support continuous improvement in Wales.


Revised guidance on child safeguarding launched

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The RCGP has launched the revised guidance on child safeguarding for general practice, which contains practical resources for primary care teams to help them identify and support children at risk of (or already) being harmed. Dr Joy Shacklock, RCGP Clinical Champion for Safeguarding, explains more.


Review of Research Ready Programme

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The RCGP’s Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) is currently reviewing the Research Ready® programme to make sure it remains relevant and continues in line with developments in primary care research.


End of life care with the Daffodil Standards is starting to bloom

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Because of our ageing population, the number of people requiring end of life care is set to rise by 17% by 2030. Dr Catherine Millington-Sanders, RCGP and Marie Curie Clinical Champion for End of Life Care, explains how using the Daffodil Standards for end of life care can help your patients experience a consistent level of care at the end of their life.


Using data to improve patient safety

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Through the growing use of the RCGP and Clinical Practice Research Datalink's (CPRD) ‘Prescribing and Patient Safety’ reports, GPs are proving that routinely collected data is an invaluable tool. David Mullet, RCGP Champion for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, explains more.


Working together to prevent suicide

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Tuesday 10 September was World Suicide Prevention Day. This coincided with the publication of the NICE Quality Standard on Suicide Prevention, which covers ways to reduce suicide and help people bereaved or affected by suicide. Now, Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham, RCGP Curriculum Advisor for Mental Health and Dr Elizabeth England, RCGP Clinical Champion for Mental Health, outline role of the general practitioner in suicide prevention.


Why is quality improvement fundamental to general practice?

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“Quality improvement is increasingly used in practices to improve quality of care, patient outcomes, staff morale and time and cost efficiencies.” Professor Martin Marshall, Vice Chair of the RCGP, explains why improving quality in general practice is at the heart of the College’s mission.


Quality improvement: improving things that are important to us and our patients

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"Our days become so full there is only time for reactive stuff. We end up with no capacity to step back and look at improving the things that are important to us and our patients, for example, prescribing safety, end of life care, care and support planning." Dr Joanna Bircher, GP and Clinical Director of the Greater Manchester GP Excellence Program, discusses why implementing quality improvement into practice is important.

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