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zondag 4 november 2018

RCGP: Supporting patients at the end of life is an 'essential part' of general practice, says College

Supporting patients at the end of life is an 'essential part' of general practice, says College

She said: "The entire relationship between GP and patient is based on good communication, and we have a unique role in the NHS of caring for our patients from when they are born to the end of their lives.

"Making sure patients and their families feel supported at the end of life is an essential part of what we do, and in many ways, one of the most privileged aspects of our role.

"We understand that people might not always feel comfortable talking about end of life care, but patients should feel reassured that GPs are highly-trained to have sensitive conversations with them and their families in order to ensure that their plans and wishes are met.

"Society places huge importance on talking about birth – and rightly so – but this should also extend to talking about death and making sure our patients are given the right support and guidance when they are at their most vulnerable.

"We are pleased that the report highlights this and hope it will help GPs and other healthcare professionals with their conversations on these important issues in the best interests of our patients and their families."

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GPs not trained to treat dental problems, says RCGP

"The health service is struggling across the board at the moment, and we recognise that patients may struggle to get an NHS dental appointment, just as we know many are finding it difficult to get a GP appointment. What's essential is that patients understand where to turn when they need medical attention to access care most appropriate for their needs, and to ensure scant NHS resources are used most effectively.

"While GPs are trained to deal with a multitude of health concerns, we are not trained to treat dental problems – there are best left to the care of a professional dentist or, if required, urgent care services. With GPs already seeing more than a million patients in the UK every day, and increasing number of patients waiting more than a week to see a GP, seeing patients with dental problems isn't the best use of our time, and anyone who does try to book an appointment for a dental problem will most likely be referred to an appropriate alternative."

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College launches innovation initiative for primary care

The scheme is the first of its kind for the College and aims to encourage, empower and enable family doctors to find solutions to unmet needs in general practice, such as cutting patient waiting times or finding innovative ways to use technology in general practice to benefit patient care.

As well as generating ideas, the group will also form a peer support network for other entrepreneurial GPs. Doctors on the programme will receive mentoring, training and access to networks to accelerate innovative ideas in general practice, as well as professional development in non-clinical skills to support them to be successful entrepreneurs.

The five GP entrepreneurs are: 

  • Dr Campbell Murdoch: Chief Medical Officer at Gro Health, a digital health platform supporting lifestyle changes to prevent chronic illness with focus on type 2 diabetes, a condition associated with growing demand on the NHS, and high costs. 
  • Dr Farhan Amin: Founder of Concept Health, which uses virtual reality to provide personalised treatment to patients, facilitating trained professionals to deliver the interventions remotely to multiple patients at any one time.
  • Dr Monal Wadhera: Chief Medical Officer at LiveSmart, a digital health monitoring and optimisation platform that combines digital technology, clinical data and one-to-one personalised telephone health coaching to support lifestyle changes at key times in a person's life. 
  • Dr Nicholas Harvey: Founder of Digitalis CPD, an intuitive and dynamic mobile app that makes accessing educational resources easier, supports group learning and addresses gaps in clinical knowledge.
  • Dr Rakeeb Chowdhury: Founder of BookYourGP, a software tool which supports clinicians to automate both booking essential but routine appointments and the associated patient communications, thereby reducing administrative work and costs and freeing up healthcare professionals' time for patient care. 

Dr Imran Rafi, Medical Director of the RCGP's Clinical Innovation and Research Centre, said: "General practice is currently operating under enormous pressure but thinking outside the box and coming up with new ideas to help improve efficiency can make a real difference to frontline work – and in turn, our patients.

"We've heard about brilliant initiatives GPs up and down the country are doing; but there needs to be more in the way of helping these ideas mature and reach general practice sooner by providing mentoring, professional development in non-clinical skills and getting the word out about how other practices can learn from them.

"The Innovator Mentorship Programme is a great way to do that, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what other ideas our members have created to help us all continue to provide the best possible care to our patients."

Professor Martin Marshall, Vice Chair of the RCGP, said: "The College is passionate about the need to encourage and support people with new ideas and practical solutions to the challenges that GPs are facing in their day to day practice.

"The Innovator Mentorship scheme is the latest offer to our members from our expanding innovation programme. The remarkable quality of the five GP entrepreneurs that we have appointed is a testament to the talent that exists in our speciality."

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