Beds and Herts

05 November 2018

Welcome to the latest issue of your Beds and Herts' Faculty, bringing you the latest news and developments from our Faculty and Central College.

We enjoyed an excellent Provost's Dinner at Putteridge Bury on 24 November. We had as our guest Professor Mayur Lakhani, our College President. He gave an inspiring presentation about the role of the General practitioner, our roots as a profession, current challenges and a vision for the future based around our core values. Do join us next year.

We were also able to acknowledge success and the contribution of members of our Practice teams with various awards. Dr Punam Shah was the highest scoring GPST in this year's MRCGP, and Practice Nurse winners were Stephanie Kelly-Leese from Blenheim Practice in Luton and Melanie Collins from Wheatfield Road Practice, also in Luton. There was a team award to the MDT of Moorland Gardens Rehabilitation Unit in Luton. Well done to the winners.

Please look out for educational events run by the Faculty. GDPR regulations constrain us in promoting events, which is bizarre and frustrating, but you can look at our website from time to time and see what's coming up. We are particularly keen to attract GPSTs and GPs in their first 5 years after qualification, as faculty events are an opportunity to network with colleagues and find support from one another at a time when the support from the VTS or GPSTP has finished. Our next First5 meeting will take place on Thursday 13 December, please contact the Faculty Office on 020 3188 7402 for more information.

I watched a Horizon programme recently on Artificial Intelligence called Diagnosis on Demand. I thought this was a useful exploration of the issues and focussed on Babylon's service, much loved by our Secretary of State. It pointed out the destabilising effect on other practices and it was reassuring to read elsewhere that Babylon will have to make clear that registering with them will result in patients de-registering from their current practice. Helen Stokes-Lampard came across well in being cautious about the claims made by Babylon and expecting robust evidence to support such claims. Clearly AI and on-line consultations are the direction of travel, however, although they feel like a threat at the moment. I hope that in the future we may all be able to use the technology to support the human interaction between a GP and their patient but at present I shall be staying with my own GP for medical help! If you missed the programme, it's worth seeing it on catch-up TV but make sure you watch it to the end and read the Lancet's conclusion!

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Finally, we look forward to seeing you at our events during the year.

With best wishes

Dr Julian Marsden
Provost, beds and Herts Faculty 

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