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maandag 15 oktober 2018

RCGP: RCGP Chair praises GPs for their 'enormous efforts' as Care Quality Commission annual report reveals impressive...

RCGP Chair praises GPs for their 'enormous efforts' as Care Quality Commission annual report reveals impressive results for practice inspections

"We are particularly heartened to see the rise in the number of practices that have progressed to good. The College's own Peer Support Programme has been a major factor in many of these transformations and I would like to congratulate our teams and the practices involved.

"The number of surgeries rated as 'safe' has increased since the last report - from 88% in 2017 to a staggering 93% in July this year.

"This is no mean feat and made even more impressive when we consider the intense workforce and resource pressures currently facing our profession, and the enormous efforts GPs and their teams put in every single day in order to keep their practices running and their patients safe.

"However, while these figures are testament to the outstanding work and dedication of GPs and our wider practice colleagues, the pressures on our service remain very real and the CQC must be mindful of this and ensure that it does not add to the burdens upon us.

"We will continue to work with the CQC to streamline and  improve the inspection regime so that it is more tailored and focused on the areas that can deliver most benefit to patients without any detriment to GP wellbeing and morale."

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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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