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zondag 4 november 2018

RCGP: College lends its expertise in launch of new ‘Moving Medicine’ resource

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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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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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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