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Key messages from the Annual Scientific Conference for the Society of Academic Primary Care

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Professor Carolyn Chew-Graham, Chair of the Society for Academic Primary Care and the RCGP Scientific Foundation Board, reflects on the Annual Scientific Conference for the Society of Academic Primary Care, which showcases the latest research and education in academic primary care globally.


Delivering care for people with multiple long-term conditions

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Focusing on multimorbidity has the potential to improve health care by systematically addressing multiple conditions, yet it remains challenging to support people to manage their long-term conditions by accessing community-based care. Dr Rachel Pryke, RCGP Clinical Champion for Multimorbidity, outlines some examples of small and large-scale approaches to patient-focused care.


Real-world experiences from primary care networks: development, clinical leadership and population health management

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GPs to share their real-world experiences on the development of primary care networks, the value of clinical leadership and population health management to improve patient care.


Quality improvement: reducing incoming calls into GP surgery

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Lockside Medical Centre in Greater Manchester have shared their experience in a short case study video of undertaking a quality improvement project on reducing the number of incoming phone calls to their practice. The practice team share how they identified this as an area of improvement, how the QI process started, the interventions they tested as well as their successes and challenges.


Treat the person, not the test result: New guidelines on changes in kidney function during treatment of heart failure

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Many clinicians are uncertain about what to do if urea and electrolytes (U&Es) change during treatment with diuretics, ACE inhibitors, Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs), and other drugs used for heart failure. Should drugs be stopped or reduced if they appear to be causing worsening kidney function? It is common to get conflicting advice from different specialists. A new guideline jointly developed by the Renal Association and the British Society for Heart Failure will help to resolve these uncertainties.


Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Flare Management Pathways Launched

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Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis affect up to 1 in 210 patients in the UK. GPs are often faced with patients who may be having a flare which can be difficult to identify and manage in primary care. The recently launched Inflammatory Bowel Disease Flare Pathways, co-produced with patients, IBD nurses, GPs, and gastroenterologists, and endorsed by the RCGP, Primary Care Society for Gastroenterology, and British Society for Gastroenterology, provide guidance where advice and support from secondary care may be not be accessible in a timely manner.


Consistent care for patients through the criminal justice system and beyond

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Prisons in the UK have been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons in the past few years yet high-quality healthcare continues to be delivered in secure environments across the country. The Secure Environments Spotlight Project produces resources to equip clinicians on both sides of the wall to improve the safety and consistency of care for patients as they journey through the criminal justice system and beyond. Dr Caroline IJ Watson, RCGP Clinical Champion for Healthcare in Secure Environments, explains more.


QI Simulation Workshops

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NHS England and the General Practitioners Committee England of the BMA has commissioned the Royal College of General Practitioners, NICE and Health Foundation to develop quality improvement modules for potential inclusion in the GMS contract (QOF). There is an opportunity for practices to review and test these QI modules.


Top Tips: Insomnia in adults

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Insomnia is recurrent, disrupted sleep, that results in significant daytime impairment, and is slowly becoming a hidden epidemic in adults linked to mental health. We have produced a Top Tips on Insomnia in Adults to help GPs care for people suffering from Insomnia. Dr Faraz Mughal, RCGP Clinical Fellow for Mental Health, explains more.


Promoting physical activity for healthier, happier lives

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Dr Andrew Boyd, RCGP Clinical Champion for Physical Activity and Lifestyle introduces the new Physical Activity and Lifestyle toolkit, a bespoke and comprehensive resource, which will help GPs to support their patients to get more physically active and make positive lifestyle choices.

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