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maandag 23 oktober 2017

RCGP: New guide to support overseas doctors moving to the UK launched

New guide to support overseas doctors moving to the UK launched

The web-based resource, called 'A Guide for Overseas Doctors: Living and working the UK for GPs and their families', offers constructive advice and practical support to doctors, bringing together relevant information and showcasing the UK as a great place to work as a GP.

It has been developed by the RCGP in partnership with the NHS in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as the General Medical Council (GMC) and the British Medical Association (BMA).

The guide was already being developed before NHS England announced plans to recruit between 2,000-3,000 overseas doctors to join the GP workforce earlier this year – an extension of the original plan to introduce 500 appropriately trained and qualified GPs from overseas as part of the GP Forward View.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College - the UK's largest medical Royal College representing more than 52,000 family doctors – said: "Workload in general practice has increased 16% over the last seven years, but investment in our service has declined over the last decade, and our workforce has not risen at pace with demand.

"We already have a huge number of GPs working in NHS general practice from overseas, and we're incredibly grateful for their work. But we're still desperately short of GPs – and it is crucial that we tackle this, including through recruiting more GPs.

"This guide will help to support this important work, and I hope it will be an invaluable resource for doctors looking to live and work in the UK to support us to deliver care to over one million patients a day."

The guide works by signposting professionals to more detailed information, and includes a series of informative fact sheets and case studies to help make the process of applying to work in the UK and moving here much easier.

Professor Terence Stephenson, Chair of the GMC, said: "The many overseas doctors who work as GPs in the UK make a hugely valuable contribution to frontline healthcare. Moving to a new country to work - and in many cases relocating their family as well – is a huge decision.

"This informative guide helps doctors and their families learn more about life in the UK, and provides them a wealth of support to help them make the move as smooth as possible.

"More broadly we are doing all we can as a regulator to minimise barriers to recruitment and support good doctors who wish to practise in the UK."

 

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Study on GP referrals to weight management schemes 'positive and encouraging' says RCGP Chair

"Losing weight through a combination of responsible dieting and appropriate physical activity is one of the best things people can do to avoid developing, or lessen the impact of type 2 diabetes – but we know that many patients struggle to lose weight, and that the type of long-term behaviour change necessary can be hard to inspire.

"Today's findings that GP referrals to weight management programmes appear to have prevented a third of patients from developing type 2 diabetes are both positive and encouraging, and are certainly something for commissioners to consider.

"However, organised weight management programmes won't work for everyone so GPs and our teams will continue to play a pivotal role in managing the vast amount of diabetes care in the community, advising patients about lifestyle changes that can improve their health, so we must ensure that general practice has the investment it needs, and the appropriate number of GPs and nursing colleagues, to do this properly."

 

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Policing health tourism should not be the role of doctors says Royal College of GPs in response to the introduction of charges for non-EU patients for NHS treatment

"We recognise that the NHS must not be abused and measures need to be taken to tackle health tourism - but it should not be the role of doctors or other healthcare professionals to police this.
"Whilst the charges being introduced will not be applicable to general practice services, we have concerns about the unintended consequences of increasing demand on GPs and our teams from patients who are unable to get free treatment in secondary care. 

"We are also concerned about the risk of ill patients not seeking medical care because they cannot afford treatment – something that has the potential to affect some of the most vulnerable in society."

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