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Easy access to appropriate diagnostic tools is ‘central’ to increasing cancer diagnosis rates, says RCGP

He said:  “GPs want to do the best for all their patients and are well aware of the link between early diagnosis and improved survival rates for cancer. “Easy access to the right diagnostic tools is central to increasing the rate of diagnosis and treatment in the UK, but at the moment, our access to these resources is among the lowest in Europe, which is simply unacceptable. “As is the case with many patients, cancer can present itself in many non-specific and vague ways. Ovarian cancer in the earliest stages can cause symptoms such as back pain, fatigue and bloating, and look more like other conditions including pre-menstrual syndrome. “NHS England has already introduced a pilot for ‘one stop’ cancer clinics, but we ultimately need more resources and more GPs in the community so that we can continue to deliver the best possible care to all of our patients, including those who we suspect of having cancer.”
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Record high for GP training figures is ‘really encouraging’, but retention is just as important, says RCGP Chair

In response, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “It’s really encouraging to see that, despite the current pressures, more people than ever before are choosing a career in general practice to help provide the best care possible for patients. “We look forward to welcoming them into our great profession. Being a GP can be the best job in the world, but only as long as general practice is properly resourced and given the funding it needs to keep up with demand. “GPs truly are the bedrock of the NHS and we now have to redouble our efforts to make sure we also retain the talented and experienced GPs already in the healthcare system, and streamline the processes that will enable qualified GPs to return to the profession. “We will continue to work with the Government and others to achieve this within the shortest possible time, notwithstanding the challenges we face.”
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Supporting patients at the end of life is an ‘essential part’ of general practice, says College

 She said: “The entire relationship between GP and patient is based on good communication, and we have a unique role in the NHS of caring for our patients from when they are born to the end of their lives.  “Making sure patients and their families feel supported at the end of life is an essential part of what we do, and in many ways, one of the most privileged aspects of our role. “We understand that people might not always feel comfortable talking about end of life care, but patients should feel reassured that GPs are highly-trained to have sensitive conversations with them and their families in order to ensure that their plans and wishes are met. “Society places huge importance on talking about birth – and rightly so – but this should also extend to talking about death and making sure our patients are given the right support and guidance when they are at their most vulnerable. “We are pleased that the report highlights this and hope it will help GPs and other healthcare professionals with their conversations on these important issues in the best interests of our patients and their families.”
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Health secretary promises to cut GP bureaucracy

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 09:20
The ongoing review into the GP partnership model will be 'critical' and lead to a reduction in bureaucracy relating to paperwork and appraisals, the health secretary has said.
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Government IT plans to see all GP patient records accessed via the cloud

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 17:06
All patient records should be moved onto public cloud services, the Department of Health and Social Care has said in new guidance.
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Leaked NHS memo warns pensions errors may affect 'large proportion of GPs'

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:28
Exclusive NHS England has privately warned that a review of NHS pensions could have a 'significant' impact on a 'large proportion of the GP community', in a confidential briefing seen by Pulse.
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Leaked NHS memo warns pensions errors to affect 'large proportion of GPs'

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:28
Exclusive NHS England has privately warned that a review of NHS pensions could have a 'significant' impact on a 'large proportion of the GP community', in a confidential briefing seen by Pulse.
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Revealed: Leaked NHS memo warns pensions issue to impact 'large proportion of GPs'

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 09:28
Exclusive NHS England has privately warned that a review of NHS pensions could have a 'significant' impact on a 'large proportion of the GP community', in a confidential briefing seen by Pulse.
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College lends its expertise in launch of new ‘Moving Medicine’ resource

Moving Medicine, which was also developed in conjunction with Public Health England and Sport England, aims to help improve conversations about physical activity between patients and healthcare professionals. Dr Andrew Boyd, Joint Clinical Champion for the RCGP’s Physical Activity and Lifestyle said: “Living a healthy lifestyle generally leads to better health outcomes for patients, and that includes taking regular exercise, eating well, getting enough sleep, drinking in accordance with guidelines, and not smoking. “GPs often have discussions with our patients during consultations about healthy lifestyles, including taking more exercise. This could include advising on what types of exercises would particularly help a problem, such as back or knee pain, or to help improve mental health, and in some areas this includes recommendations to use the local leisure centre for exercise sessions. “But GPs and our teams are currently working under intense resource and workforce pressure, and we are constantly being told to do more during our consultations with patients – all within the constraints of a standard 10-minute appointment. Fitting everything in can be impossible, especially if these issues might not be the reason a patient has come to visit the GP. “GPs are highly trained medical professionals and part of our training is to have non-judgemental conversations with patients about their health, and to try to involve them in their care – but further support to have what can be sensitive conversations, in sensitive circumstances is always welcome. “The College has worked with others to develop the primary care module of the upcoming Moving Medicine resource to ensure it provides useful information and guidance. The aim is to support GPs and our teams - not to ‘tell’ GPs what to do or be proscriptive about how we conduct our consultations. “Physical Activity and Lifestyle is a clinical priority for the College and we are also working with partners to develop resources for GPs and primary care teams to help them to educate patients on how physical activity and healthy lifestyles can positively impact their long-term health and wellbeing.”
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GMC denies data legislation breach claims over sharing personal GP information

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 09:14
GPs have questioned the GMC over plans to share their personal data without obtaining consent.
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GMC denies breaching data legislation to share personal GP information

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Wed, 10/17/2018 - 09:14
GPs have questioned the GMC over plans to share their personal data without obtaining consent.
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GP leaders call for ‘Scottish model’ interest-free loans on premises

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 17:17
GP leaders in Northern Ireland want GPs to have the option of an interest-free loan to enable the NHS to take over responsibility for premises, emulating the offer which has been introduced in Scotland.
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First city adopts new system for sharing GP patient records across services

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 16:26
GP patient information can now be accessed by clinicians across the healthcare system in Leeds, after the city became the first to adopt GP Connect.
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BMA asks CCGs for 1% GP practice funding uplift to support staff pay rises

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 14:49
CCGs should fund the additional 1% pay uplift to the GP contract to help practice staff in their area attain an overall uplift of 3% this year, the BMA has said.
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BMA asks CCGs to pay for 1% GP practice funding increase towards staff pay

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 14:49
CCGs should fund the additional 1% pay uplift to the GP contract to help practice staff in their area attain an overall uplift of 3% this year, the BMA has said.
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Loneliness Strategy is a ‘great result’ for GPs and patients, but we need more detail on funding and how it will work in practice, says College

She said: “Today’s announcement is a great result for GPs and for patients. The College has been at the forefront of campaigning to highlight the adverse health implications of loneliness and this shows how much impact we have had in a short space of time. “GPs across the country are seeing an increase in the number of patients, across all generations, who are not ‘medically ill’ but whose problems stem from social isolation, so it is very encouraging to see the Government taking action on this. “Our community action plan called for access to a ‘social prescriber’ in every practice and the ‘connector’ schemes outlined today will be a major step forward to achieving this. “We look forward to more detail about how the proposals will be funded and how they will work in practice. We must ensure that we have a society-wide approach to this challenge and that responsibility for the success of the strategy does not fall disproportionately on GPs and their teams.”
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RCGP Northern Ireland announces GP of the Year winner and GP Practice of the Year for 2018

This patient-nominated award recognises excellence in medicine and the exceptional care that has been provided to patients by a family practitioner in Northern Ireland. Nominating Dr Jackson, patient Helen Todd said: “When my husband was diagnosed with brain cancer, our lives were turned upside down. He had to have surgery and now lives with an acquired brain injury. Dr Jackson has been an incredible support to me and my husband throughout this cancer journey and in managing the life-long conditions and implications resulting from treatment. “Dr Jackson has gone above and beyond in supporting us. He speaks to me about my concerns when I am worried about my husband’s changing symptoms, he follows up directly with the hospital consultants to discuss issues and find quick resolutions, he has made time for us outside of normal practice hours when things have worsened, and he explains everything so clearly in ways we can fully understand. “I am comforted to know that Dr Jackson always has my husband’s wellbeing in mind. He has acted with compassion, urgency, professionalism and understanding. Dr Jackson has supported me in the difficult conversation around palliative care too, providing answers to all of my questions and helping us through this difficult time. We are so grateful for all of his work and support over the past few years.” Accepting the award, Dr Jackson said: “I would like to thank Mrs Todd for her nomination and kind words. It is lovely to be recognised for the care I provide to my patients. GPs work hard every-day to provide the best care possible in the community and our relationship with patients becomes even more critical when individuals and families are facing complex diagnoses and treatments.” Patients across Northern Ireland have also been nominating GP practices for Practice of the Year. This year, the prestigious accolade has been awarded to Ormeau Road Practice, Belfast. Nominating the practice, patient Janette Connor said: “Last year I got diagnosed with Behcets disease and it has been a roller-coaster to come to terms with it. I don’t think I could have gotten through it all without the kindness, support and understanding from my GP team. Every person in the practice - the receptionists, nurses, doctors and pharmacist – has been on this journey with me and they work together to help make my life and treatment easier for me. There is a true sense of care and empathy running through the whole practice. “When I was having a particularly difficult time, one of the reception team said to me ‘Just remember, we have your back’ and they really meant it. The support I receive really means a lot to me and I cannot speak of this practice highly enough.” Congratulating the award winners, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Dr Grainne Doran said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to our award winners. Despite the pressures that GPs and their teams are facing right across the region, today’s examples show how general practitioners and their staff continue to go above and beyond for their patients. “General practice is a fantastic career. It is a genuine pleasure that we get to build real relationships with patients and families over time, and support people when they are facing some of the most difficult and worrying times in their lives.
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'Inadequate' GP practice avoids CQC deregistration by appealing to tribunal

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 09:46
Exclusive A 2,000-patient GP practice in Nottingham has avoided deregistration after taking the CQC to tribunal, Pulse has learned.
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Government to introduce statutory regulation for physician associates

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 17:15
The Government has announced it will push forward with legislation to regulate physician associates.
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GPs asked to take on violent patients as CCG shuts down SAS practice

Practice Business News from Pulse Today - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 17:04
GP practices in Stockton-on-Tees are being offered payment to take on violent patients from a specialist practice being shut down by the CCG.
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