Clinical News


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.


Physical Activity and Lifestyle: 'We Are Undefeatable' Campaign

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For the first time, 15 leading health and social care charities are launching a national campaign and ‘movement for movement’ to inspire and support people with long-term conditions to be more active. The aptly named “We Are Undefeatable” campaign will encourage, enable and support patients to actively engage in their own health and wellbeing, whilst also sensitively recognising and appreciating the limitations and additional challenges that they face when it comes to being active. Dr Zoe Williams, RCGP Clinical Champion for Physical Activity and Lifestyle, explains more.


Involved and Informed. A new collaborative approach to medicines management in the community

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Ever wondered who is responsible for medication when a patient in the community has social care services in place? When signing your repeat prescriptions for monitored dose systems, do you check whether it is still needed or simply sign the script? A new campaign has been launched to encourage better medicines support for people receiving social and care services in their homes. Dr Gail Allsopp, RCGP Clinical Lead for Policy explains more.


NICE publishes ‘Quality Standard’ for Lyme disease

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In light of recently published research indicating the annual UK incidence of Lyme disease to be over 8,000 cases per year ( three times higher than official estimates) , primary care clinicians are urged to take note of the recently published NICE Quality Standard for Lyme disease (QS186). The primary aim of the quality standard is to achieve measurable quality improvement in four high-priority areas, thereby improving patient outcomes. Dr Anne Cruikshank, RCGP Clinical Champion for Lyme disease, explains more.


Meet ups exploring new ideas, change and innovation

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In April the RCGP collaborated with the Royal College of Arts, Imperial College and One HealthTech to create a meet up to bring together enthusiastic and likeminded people to explore new ideas to improve health and care. Dr Stephanie Coughlin, RCGP Clinical Lead for Innovation, explains more.


The OBoE Study: exploring patients’ experiences of booking GP appointments online

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In an ever-increasing digital world, GP surgeries are now required to offer patients the choice to book appointments online. But most patients continue to book over the phone. Why are today’s patients so reluctant to book online? Who is more likely to opt for, or opt out of, online booking? Dr Abi Eccles, Project Manager for OBoE study at the University of Warwick explains more.


Primary care networks - learning from the frontline

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Four GPs share their real-life experience of their journeys supporting the development of primary care networks. The GPs discuss, learning for nascent leaders, co-clinical directorship, social prescribing, rural working and population health management.

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