Thames Valley Blog

09 August 2018

Welcome to the Thames Valley Faculty Blog. Our aim is to use the page to keep you up to date with what we are doing in the Faculty, educational events we are planning and as a permanent invitation to all our Members to get involved, whether it be through our electronic channels (Twitter/Facebook/Email), attending our educational events, or attendance at our regular meetings – your views and feedback are important to us, and help shape the future direction of the Faculty both in terms of our conversations with central College, and relevant events and courses you would like to see organised.

Our educational programme for 2018 is well underway with many successful courses in the first 6 months of this year. The second half of the year will prove equally busy with events including our annual Minor Surgery course and the Faculty's flagship event of the year, the two-day Management Course, at the Latimer Estate in Chesham.

Our AGM takes place in November and all members of the Faculty are invited for dinner, Faculty business and to hear our after-dinner speaker, Amanda Howe, current President of the World Organisation of Family Doctors.

So, what else have we been up to? The Faculty Board recently approved a donation to the College's Junior International Committee who advocate for international collaborative learning opportunities in Primary Care. The donation will help fund an annual exchange programme for early career GPs from across Europe.

We are also really excited to announce our inaugural First5/AiT Conference in April 2019.  More news on this to follow shortly but we expect it to provide a great opportunity for soon-to-be and newly-qualified GPs to network, learn and ask questions. Watch this space!

Finally, RCGP has teamed up with Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) to develop confidential bespoke practice and patient-level drug prescribing reports, available for free for GP practices contributing to CPRD – local Thames Valley Practices have been involved in interrogating their clinical systems to find, amongst other things, contraindicated drug prescribing and confidential benchmarking against other UK GP Practices. This is a worthwhile project, both to improve patient care and to assist with evidence for your revalidation! If your Practice is interested join CPRD and get involved.

Your views, comments, suggestions and questions are always welcome, so do get in touch if you would like to get involved.



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