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NI GP recognised for 'bright idea' for improving care for patients with chronic pain

In trying to reduce the use of opioid painkillers, and at the same time support patients with improved understanding of how pain can be managed alternatively, Dr McCullagh and her team developed a new programme within the GP practice. This work was a collaboration between Cognitive Behavioural Therapist Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Practice Based Pharmacist, Bernard Brannigan, GP Dr Linda Kelly and Dr Rose McCullagh. The team devised a new programme to review pain medication and support patients in their practice with specific pain management therapy sessions to help them better understand and live with their pain, and to enhance their quality of life. The Royal College of General Practitioners recognises excellence and innovation in general practice through its Bright Ideas Annual Awards. The Awards are presented to healthcare professionals who have identified, tried and tested a better way of doing things when treating and caring for patients. The High Impact award, won by Dr McCullagh and the team, celebrates ideas that have taken a fresh approach to addressing a primary care problem and have demonstrated tremendous value.  
Reflecting on the success of the new support offered to patients with chronic pain, one recipient said: "I am feeling happier…becoming more assertive, looking at life in a much more positive way and tackling those negative, automatic thoughts." Accepting the award, Dr McCullagh said: "I am honoured that our work has been recognised by the College, but even more pleased that our new approach to supporting pain management in primary care has had such a positive impact on the lives of my patients. We have now spoken to others about delivering a similar service in other practices. "Waiting lists for many procedures in Northern Ireland are unacceptably long and as GPs, patients continue to return to us for support and advice. It is incredibly frustrating seeing patients and knowing there isn't much more that I can do for them. Our new pain management initiative was one way for us to think differently and see how practice teams working together are so much more than the sum of their parts. Using our complimentary skills and fresh thinking, we have enabled our patients living with chronic pain to regain their self-belief and better manage their symptoms."
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'Prevention better than cure' is sensible way forward - but more funding and more GPs are needed to make it happen, says RCGP

"Our NHS is facing the most enormous pressures in its 70-year history and so the Secretary of State's announcement presents a sensible way forward, particularly the emphasis on encouraging people to take greater care of their own health and the need for a radical change in NHS spending on measures to help prevent people from getting ill in the first place. "A stronger focus on primary and community healthcare is the obvious solution and our GP teams are already doing great work in keeping patients well, in their local communities, thereby easing the pressures on other parts of the NHS. "But it is not only hospitals that are feeling the strain and we urgently need greater investment in general practice - both extra funding and additional numbers of GPs and other healthcare professionals - before we can take on the responsibility of caring for and supporting even greater numbers of patients. "Mr Hancock is repeatedly - and rightly - saying that GPs are the bedrock of the NHS, and it is good that the document published today acknowledges the pressures we are under as we try to manage rising patient demand at the same time as we have a severe shortage of GPs. "We must ensure that general practice does not lose out in the plans to expand community support and that any additional staff are allocated to GP teams, as well as community health services.
"Investment in general practice is the most cost-effective way of providing care to patients, close to home where they want it, and keeping the rest of the NHS sustainable, long into the future."
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Just one in 10 locum GPs interested in future partnership role

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 10:01
Exclusive Just around one in 10 locum GPs would consider taking on a partnership role in the future, a major survey of locum GPs has revealed.
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Maintaining and improving health in prisons ‘crucial’ to maintaining public health, says RCGP

“With more than 80,000 people currently in prison in England and Wales and even more in other secure environments, it’s vital to recognise that prison health is also a part of public health.   “It is not the College’s role to pass judgement on those who are in prison and the reasons why they are there, but many of our GPs work with patients in secure environments, and maintaining and improving health in prisons is crucial, especially in view of the fact that the vast majority of people will, at some point, be reintroduced to society.   “There are obviously obstacles to delivering the same care to people living in secure environments to people in the wider community, and the College is advocating that prisoners should be afforded provision of, or access to, appropriate care services or treatment that are at least consistent in range and quality to patients in the wider community, with the aim of improving health outcomes for society as a whole.   “This is already the basis of the College’s own position on ‘equivalence’ of care between those living in secure environments and those in the wider community, and it is encouraging to see that these issues have been highlighted in the Health and Social Care Committee’s report.”
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Number of GP practices in Northern Ireland declines by 5%

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 13:55
The number of GP practices in Northern Ireland has fallen by 17 since 2014, according to new research.
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Four in 10 doctors think bullying in the workplace is rife

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 08:00
Bullying is causing ‘lasting harm’ to doctors’ lives and careers, with almost 40% of doctors believing it is a problem in their workplace, according to a BMA report.
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Government bids to add postnatal checks to 2019/20 GP contract

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 17:29
The Government has asked for a six-week maternal postnatal check to be considered as part of the negotiations for next year's GP contract.
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GPs to be covered by new 'zero tolerance' policy against abuse from patients

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 10:06
GPs will be protected by a new 'zero tolerance' policy aiming to reduce the number of assaults on NHS staff.
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Evening and weekend GP appointments funded under £20m winter plan

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Tue, 10/30/2018 - 17:45
The Welsh Government has announced an extra £20m of funding to see the NHS through the busy winter period, including for extra GP appointments.
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Antibiotic and obesity link study is 'extremely interesting', but more research is needed, says College

She said: "Delivering care to young children forms a significant part of a GP's work, and we will only prescribe them medication, in line with clinical guidelines, if we consider it to be in the best interests of their health. "Antibiotics and antacids can be very effective at treating a number of conditions in young children, and GPs will discuss and consider any potential short or long-term side effects or health implications with the child's parents or guardians, when developing a treatment plan. "There has been a significant reduction in the use of antibiotics in recent years in line with concerns about emerging resistance and the fact that they cannot help with viral illnesses. "This new study, linking antibiotic and antacid use with obesity, is extremely interesting, but does not prove causation. As such, it is very important that more research is conducted in this area, and that as further high-quality evidence emerges, it is taken into account as new clinical guidelines are updated and developed. "People whose children have already been prescribed these medications should certainly not stop them on the basis of this research. "Prescribing is a core skill for GPs, and one that involves balancing a myriad of risks as we develop a treatment plan in the best interests of the patient in front of us – and it is important that we are aware of all the potential side effects, so that we can do our best to manage them accordingly."
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Autumn Budget statement pledges £2bn for crisis mental health services

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 17:17
The Government will use £2bn of the NHS funding boost pledged earlier this year to fund mental health crisis services, including a mental health 'hot line'.
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Health secretary wants genomic sequences accessible via GP records

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 14:55
Patients could be able to access their genomic sequence from their patient record in a similar way to accessing ‘bank account details’, the health secretary has said.
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Scottish GPs have lost out on £658m in funding, Tories claim

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 14:22
GPs in Scotland should have received more than £600m more funding over the last four years, according to opposition politicians.
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GP partners in premises lease dispute told they can’t close branch practice

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 17:53
GPs running a practice in Cardiff have been told they can’t close a branch surgery, despite being locked in a dispute with the landlord of the premises.
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GPs asked to ensure their patients are aware they can opt out of data sharing

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 14:24
GPs have been asked to make patients aware of their right to opt out of sharing personal information, except for use in their medical care.
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Nearly 1,400 in support of petition for GP workload cap following doctor suicide

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 12:05
A GP has started a petition calling for safe working hours in general practice, following the suicide of Dr George Porteous from Lockerbie Medical Centre, Scotland in September.
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GPs forwarding mail to Capita are putting patients 'at risk', claims NHS England

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 08:55
GPs are putting patient safety at risk by redirecting incorrectly addressed mail to Capita instead of back to the original sender, according to a notice on the Primary Care Support England website.
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GPs putting patients 'at risk' by forwarding mail to Capita, says NHS England

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 08:55
GPs are putting patient safety at risk by redirecting incorrectly addressed mail to Capita instead of back to the original sender, according to a notice on the Primary Care Support England website.
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NHS England says GPs are putting patients 'at risk' by forwarding mail to Capita

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 08:55
GPs are putting patient safety at risk by redirecting incorrectly addressed mail to Capita instead of back to the original sender, according to a notice on the Primary Care Support England website.
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GPs express housing boom concern despite developers’ £550,000 pledge

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 10/25/2018 - 17:35
Local GPs have warned of an uncertain future for general practice access in their area amid plans for major construction developments.
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