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Quality Improvement: A team approach to improving clinical effectiveness in Southwark

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GP, Dr Payam Torabi from Park Medical Centre in Southwark outlines how Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group and GP federations and practices are working together to reduce variation in the quality of care in the local area.


RCGP Annual Conference: Celebrating excellence in primary care research

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Celebrating excellence in primary care research is an important part of the Research Programme at the RCGP. Catch up on the RCGP Research Awards presented at the RCGP Annual Conference 2019.


RCGP Research Paper of the Year 2018: The BATHE Study

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Evidence shows that adding emollients into bath water is unlikely to help childhood eczema. Dr Miriam Santer, Winner of the RCGP Research Paper of the Year 2018, discusses her study on emollient bath additives for treating childhood eczema (BATHE) and how this might impact clinical practice.


Do I prescribe too many antibiotics? What’s appropriate?

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Dr Tessa Lewis, Chair of NICE Managing Common Infections Committee, looks at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and Public Health England antibiotic prescribing guidelines. Dr Lewis outlines how these guidelines can support the challenge of identifying patients who are most and least likely to benefit from antibiotics and to support prescribing appropriately.


WISE GP: championing the Bananarama principle in general practice

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Guidelines play an important role for GPs, but they can’t give answers on how to care for an individual. GPs use generalist wisdom to deliver personal care, but do those outside (or even inside) the general practice profession fully understand what that is? Professor Joanne Reeve, WISE GP lead and Professor of Primary Care Research, Hull York Medical School, discusses WISE GP, a new initiative championing the wisdom of daily practice.


CIRC at RCGP Annual Conference 2019

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RCGP’s Clinical Innovation and Research Centre has activities taking place across the RCGP annual conference later this month. Here is an overview of CIRC activity for those who will be joining us in Liverpool.


The importance of influenza surveillance

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Professor Simon de Lusignan, Professor of Primary Care and Clinical Informatics, Oxford University, and Manasa Tripathy from the RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre explain how influenza surveillance helps establish flu vaccine effectiveness, benefits clinical practice, and improves patient care.


Understanding the increase in GP-ordered laboratory tests

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Laboratory tests are on the rise in UK healthcare. Hear from a team of researchers involved with the RCGP Impact from Research programme who are investigating why this might be. You can also help us to optimise test ordering for chronic conditions in primary care by filling in a short survey.


What more can GPs do to reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance?

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There has been a lot of investment in combating antimicrobial resistance since Professor Dame Sally Davies, the former Chief Medical Officer said, "there are few public health issues of potentially greater importance for society than antibiotic resistance." But are we making a difference? Dr Donna Lecky, Senior Project Manager, Primary Care and Interventions Unit, Public Health England, asks if more can be done to improve our response to antimicrobial resistance.


Could a clinical prediction model help to reduce asthma misdiagnosis?

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Dr Luke Daines, a GP, Clinical Academic Fellow at the Chief Scientist Office (CSO), and winner of the new RCGP Scotland Early Career Academic GP Award, discusses the research and findings from his winning paper, ‘Systematic review of clinical prediction models to support the diagnosis of asthma in primary care’.

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