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dinsdag 14 maart 2017

RCGP: Chief Executive to leave RCGP

Chief Executive to leave RCGP

During his time as CEO, his achievements include:

- Managing the move to the new College headquarters at 30 Euston Square
- Increasing the College membership to an all-time high of 52,000
- Launching the high profile Put patients first: 'Back general practice campaign to secure more investment for general practice across the UK

Neil said:  "It has been a fascinating experience. I believe the College is in great shape to tackle the challenges ahead."

RCGP Chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: "Neil has had a big impact on the College and played a key role in making our work more relevant to the day-to-day working lives of frontline GPs. We would like to put on record our thanks to him for all he has achieved."

Valerie Vaughan-Dick, Executive Director of Planning and Resources, will take on the role of Acting Chief Executive while a successor is appointed.

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It's vital that new recruits are given every opportunity to choose a career in general practice, says RCGP

She said: "There is arguably no more important role in the modern NHS than that of the family doctor, so it's vital that the these new recruits are given every opportunity to choose a career in general practice.

"If we can use these extra places to help build the GP workforce across England, then patients throughout the NHS will reap the benefit.

"We have launched our own recruitment campaign Think GP to encourage students, from school leavers onwards, to seriously consider a career in general practice.

"We look forward to working with the Government and others to promote general practice as a career and to ensure that the new medical school places lead to a tangible boost for the GP workforce.

"NHS England's GP Forward View pledges 5,000 more GPs by 2020, but we can't create doctors overnight so we need recruitment and retention initiatives to be implemented as a matter of urgency."


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A credit to GPs across the country that diagnosis of dementia has significantly increased, says RCGP

She said: "Dementia can cause significant misery to our patients, their families and their carers - and GPs are witnessing the impact that this devastating disease has more and more frequently.

"It is a credit to the hard work and dedication of GPs across the country that, in times of intense workload and workforce pressures, diagnosis of dementia has increased so significantly.

"But pressuring patients to seek early advice, especially for short term memory lapses, can cause harm and create unnecessary worry.

"There may be some situations where GPs might consider it in the best interest of the patient to delay seeking a formal diagnosis, especially in the early stages of the condition if there is minimal adverse effect on daily living and functioning.

"This decision might also be influenced by their knowledge of the local availability of assessment and treatment services, which may be insufficient to meet demand.

"To ensure GPs are fully supported when treating patients with suspected dementia, there must be better access to appropriate post-diagnostic care services in the community so that patients can then receive appropriate treatment when and where they need it.

"The College has produced a suite of resources including a dementia toolkit, training materials and educational tools to support GPs in making the diagnosis and undertaking effective management of dementia."

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