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dinsdag 3 juli 2018

RCGP: 70th birthday an opportunity to revisit the essential principles of general practice, says RCGP Wales

70th birthday an opportunity to revisit the essential principles of general practice, says RCGP Wales

The document seeks to help guide change in how healthcare is delivered. It comes as unprecedented pressures are leading to calls for accelerating the pace of change.

'Essential Principles' defines what general practice looks like in the modern world, and states that patients' interests need to be at the heart of reform.

Dr Will Mackintosh, Royal College of General Practitioners Wales, said:

"Essential Principles outlines what RCGP Wales believes should underpin change in general practice and primary care. Contact, continuity, coordinating and comprehensive care are long-established principles, and revisiting them can help build services fit for the future.

"As we move towards new models of care, it's important we remember what has made general practice such an integral part of the NHS."

Dr Rebecca Payne, Royal College of General Practitioners Wales, said:

"RCGP Wales is delighted to publish 'Essential Principles'. As GPs we'll all be seeing changes in the way we work and it's absolutely vital that change builds in the best that general practice can bring and promotes the interests of patients.

"The NHS' 70th birthday will see people reflecting on what has worked and looking forward to what the NHS will look like over the next decades. As we move into new territory, we cannot forget what we hold dear about general practice."

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New NHS app has potential but safeguards must be in place says College

"The new free NHS app that is being rolled out to patients represents a significant and constructive step forward in the way care is managed and is intended to offer a range of services including more streamlined booking of GP appointments, ordering prescriptions, and recording organ donor preferences - and a way of updating patients registration details at their GP practice.

"Some practices already offer many online services and many have steps in place to adopt new technology but GPs and our team are working flat out to meet patient demand and it is vital that all GP surgeries are provided with the additional support and the resources they need to ensure it is introduced as seamlessly as possible without disruptions to patients or practices.

"Adequate safeguards must be in place to ensure the utmost protection of patients' personal data, and considering that patient's medical history will be accessible on individual's mobile phones on the apps, we need to ensure that the security and reliability of the identity verification processes being used are of the highest international security standards.

"It is likely that smartphone savvy patients will embrace booking their GP appointments via this app – rather than calling their GP surgery- but it is important that patients who do not have a smartphone can continue to make bookings via phone or in person.

"As with any scheme it must also be rigorously independently evaluated to ensure it is safe and cost-effective for the NHS and that is beneficial to both patients and practices and that it does not add a further burden of workload pressures to already overstretched GPs and their teams."

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Testicular cancer study shows promising breakthrough but GPs need better access to diagnostic tests, says RCGP

"Testicular cancer affects a growing number of men but it is one of the most treatable types of cancer – in fact, in England and Wales, almost all men (99%) survive for a year or more after being diagnosed with testicular cancer, and 98% survive for five years or more after diagnosis.

"This new research indicates a promising breakthrough in understanding the biggest risk factors for testicular cancer. Any testicular swelling should be checked out by the patient's GP and these findings could assist GPs in better identifying symptoms of testicular cancer and knowing when to make an urgent referral so that men with the disease receive better outcomes.

"Furthermore, it is encouraging to see this research, the first of its kind, focussing on the symptoms of testicular cancer reported in general practice, and we hope the findings will be considered by NICE in the development of their guidelines on the disease.

"Timely diagnosis of all cancers, including testicular cancer, leads to better outcomes for patients but to do this GPs and our teams need to have better access to diagnostic tools in the community – and the appropriate training for our teams to use them - to either rule out or confirm a diagnosis of cancer, as currently our access is amongst the lowest in Europe.

"This is why the College has recently welcomed plans from NHS England to pilot a series of 'one-stop' cancer clinics for diagnosis and assessment, which we hope will go some way to improving this."

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