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2 03 The GP in the Wider Professional Environment

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  • The purpose of clinical leadership is to improve health outcomes and quality of care for your patients
  • Effective primary care requires the co-ordination and commitment of a multi professional team working in partnership with patients
  • Leading and managing improvement in healthcare systems is just as important as acting on behalf of the individual patient
  • Leadership is everyone’s responsibility as a well led organisation is a safer place to work and receive care
  • As a GP you have a wider social responsibility to use healthcare resources economically and sustainably

Educational priorities

As a clinician at the frontline of health services, you will need to understand not only how to work within systems of healthcare but also how to work with those systems for the benefit of your patients.

This will require an understanding of the context, structures and processes in and by which care is delivered that goes beyond that of your specific clinical role. 

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Knowledge and skills guide

This section contains the learning outcomes for 'The GP in the Wider Professional Environment' curriculum module.

These are grouped into 12 core areas of competence concerned with the tasks you will undertake as a general practitioner when delivering care to people in your community.

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Case discussion

This section contains a scenario and questions for reflection which help to illustrate the learning points in this module.

Dr Evans is a general practitioner in a small inner city practice. He has always had an interest in lung disease. Recently, he has noticed that one of his patients, a 72-year-old smoker, Mr Johnson, with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has had several admissions over the past 12 months....     

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How to learn this area of practice

This section includes suggested activities and strategies for developing the competences you will require.     

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Useful learning resources

This section provides suggestions for further reading and other resources to help you in your training, including books, journal articles and web resources.     

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This section lists references which have been used in the development of the curriculum.  

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