Clinical News


Mental health: self-harming in older adults has distinct characteristics

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Mental health problems affect all age groups, including older adults. Statistically, self-harm rates are lower among older adults compared to rates in the younger population, however, suicide completion rates in older adults are significantly higher. Dr Elizabeth England, RCGP Clinical Champion for Mental Health and Dr Nadia Llanwarne, RCGP Clinical Support Fellow for Mental Health, outline the characteristics of self-harming in older adults.


New Dermatology Toolkit now live

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The RCGP Dermatology Spotlight team has launched a Dermatology Toolkit to support primary care teams care for patients suffering from skin conditions. RCGP Clinical Champion for Dermatology, Dr Emma La Roux, explains more.


Significant progress made to reduce the burden of Hepatitis C in England but more to do

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Recently released figures from Public Health England suggest a significant reduction in Hepatitis C related deaths in England. To sustain this fall in mortality and eliminate Hepatitis C internationally by 2030, identifying people who are unaware that they have Hepatitis C will need to become a priority. RCGP Liver Disease Clinical Champion, Dr Helen Jarvis, summarises the new PHE statistics, and signposts to new GP resources.


Taking action on sedentary behavior

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The RCGP is launching an ‘Active Practice Charter’ to encourage GP surgeries to take steps towards reducing sedentary behaviour and increasing physical activity, for patients and staff. RCGP Physical Activity and Lifestyle Clinical Champion, Dr Zoe Williams, outlines the aims of the Charter.


RCGP seeks entrepreneur GPs to join Innovators Mentorship Programme

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The RCGP is inviting entrepreneurial GPs with innovative commercial ideas the meet unmet needs in the NHS and general practice to join the RCGP Innovators Mentorship Programme (IMP). Through the programme, the College will provide support to accelerate the innovations and professional development in non-clinical skills that are essential to be a successful entrepreneur. Professor Martin Marshall, Vice Chair of the RCGP, explains more.


Dependence forming medications are high risk drugs that should be managed

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There is growing concern about the potential risks associated with the long-term prescription of dependence forming medicines (DFM), for example, opioids and gabapentinoids and benzos z drugs. These medications have limited therapeutic value and are associated with harm. Because of this, we have produced a Top Ten Tips: Dependence Forming Medications for general practice teams, which outlines the key issues to consider when prescribing DFMs.


Making sense of the HRT debate

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Over the past two decades, there has been a huge amount of confusion regarding HRT. We now have clear, evidence-based guidelines available to ensure women have individualised care and treatment for their perimenopause and menopause. Dr Anne Connolly, RCGP Clinical Champion for Menstrual Wellbeing, and Dr Louise Newson, GP and Menopause Specialist, summarises the benefits of HRT with respect to the literature.


Improving patient-centred care for multimorbidity

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The full report of the 3D study on multimorbidity, the largest ever trial of an intervention to improve care for people with multimorbidity, involving 1,546 patients, has been published. Professor Chris Salisbury, Professor of Primary Health Care, Centre for Academic Primary Care, Bristol Medical School, who led the study, discusses the findings of the report.


Mental Health in Older People: A Practice Primer

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The RCGP has partnered with NHS England, Royal College of Psychiatrists, and the British Geriatrics Society, to produce a ‘Mental Health in Older Practice Primer’ to support primary health care teams recognise, diagnose and manage mental health problems in older people. Dr Liz England, RCGP Mental Health Clinical Champion and Dr Nadia Llanwarne, RCGP Clinical Support Fellow for Older Adult Mental Health, explain more.


RCGP and CPRD Quality Improvement reports used as evidence for CQC inspections and QOF

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GPs have been using free prescribing and patient safety reports from the RCGP and CPRD as evidence for CQC inspections and the Quality Outcomes Framework. All general practices can sign up to receive the next set of report due in spring.

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