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GPs back pharmacists' call for access to patient records
The Royal College of General Practitioners is backing a campaign by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to give pharmacists full read/write access to patient records held by GPs. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 30, 2015 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Plans for seven day practices are 'unrealistic', GPs warn
Surgeries will be in left 'dire straits' unless new doctors are recruited, says chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - September 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

GP Induction and Refresher Scheme explained
A new programme to get doctors into general practice has been launched with the backing of the Royal College of General Practitioners, NHS England, Health Education England and the British Medical Association Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - April 24, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: ltrevallion Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Featured Articles Latest News Source Type: news

Radical action needed to save Scottish GP system, says RCGP
Scotland could be short of at least 500 doctors by 2020, according to figures compiled by the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland (RCGP Scotland) Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - April 22, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: ltrevallion Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Practice development Featured Articles Latest News Source Type: news

Pharmacists set to work in GP surgeries
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) have come up with the plans in a bid to ease current pressures in general practice and address the severe shortage of GPs. GPs and their teams are estimated to make 370m patient consultations this year – 70m more than five years ago – due to an ageing population and more patients being treated for long-term and complex conditions. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 20, 2015 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Pharmacists set to work in GP surgeries in radical move to ease pressures on general practice and improve patient care
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) have come up with the plans in a bid to ease current pressures in general practice and address the severe shortage of GPs. Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 19, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Kimberley Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Latest News Source Type: news

Calls for pharmacists to work in GP surgeries gains widespread media coverage
Earlier this week the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and the Royal College of General Practitioners made a joint call for pharmacists to work in GP surgeries, improving patient safety and care, and reducing waiting times f (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 18, 2015 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pharmacists set to work in GP surgeries in radical move to ease pressures on GPs
Radical proposals calling for pharmacists to work in GP surgeries will be unveiled at a summit in London today (Tuesday 17 March). The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) have come up with the plans in a bid to ease curre (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - March 17, 2015 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

GPs facing ‘David versus Goliath’ battle to provide out of hours care
GPs who want to run out of hours services in their local areas should be awarded contracts without facing a ‘David versus Goliath’ struggle with large private companies, according to a new report by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 26, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Kimberley Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick HR Practice development Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

Mandatory mental health training standard for new GPs
The government is working with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) to introduce mandatory mental health minimum standard training for all new GPs. Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 24, 2015 Category: Practice Management Authors: Kimberley Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

VIDEO: Doctors in drive to attract new GPs
The Royal College of General Practitioners is to launch a campaign to recruit more GPs amid warnings that at least 10,000 extra GPs will be needed by 2020. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 24, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Almost half of all adults take prescription drugs
“Half of women and 43% of men in England are now regularly taking prescription drugs,” BBC News reports. The figures have come to light as part of a new survey into drug prescribing patterns. According to the survey (The Health Survey for England 2013), commonly prescribed medications included: cholesterol-lowering statins medications used to treat high blood pressure, such as ACE inhibitors painkillers, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as diclofenac (non-prescription NSAIDs such as ibuprofen were not included in the survey) There was also media controversy ove...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 11, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication QA articles Source Type: news

Flu jab for under-fives needs promoting
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have spoken out about the “essential’ need to promote the benefits of flu vaccinations in young children. Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - November 28, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Lucinda Borrell Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Patients Featured Articles Latest News Source Type: news

Ten-point plan to tackle liver disease published
"Doctors call for tougher laws on alcohol abuse to tackle liver disease crisis," The Guardian reports. But this is just one of 10 recommendations for tackling the burden of liver disease published in a special report in The Lancet.The report paints a grim picture of an emerging crisis in liver disease in the UK, saying it is one of the few countries in Europe where liver disease and deaths have actually increased rapidly over the last 30 years. It concludes with 10 recommendations to tackle the burden of liver disease.The media has approached the recommendations from many different angles, with many sources only ...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Lifestyle/exercise QA articles Source Type: news

Report calls for major overhaul in GP delivery.
Radical modernisation of general practice has been called for in a report commissioned by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - November 26, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: Lucinda Borrell Tags: Patients Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

Superdrug criticised by doctors for stocking genetic self-testing kits
Campaigners also accuse high street chain of ‘acting irresponsibly’ after retailer teams up with 23andMe to sell products currently banned in the USThe leader of Britain’s GPs has warned that doctors are “extremely worried” by the sale of genetic self-testing kits by the Superdrug chain which started on Tuesday.Maureen Baker, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, suggested the move would lead to “unnecessary worry and anxiety” for patients and have huge implications for doctors already struggling to care for those with increasingly complex diseases. Related: DNA-scre...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 18, 2014 Category: Science Authors: James Meikle Tags: Genetics Science Biology NHS Society Health GPs Source Type: news

Calls for an antibiotic education programme in Wales
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) are calling for a public education campaign and greater antimicrobial stewardship to ensure that antibiotics are effective in the future. The two organisations are meeting with Assembly Mem (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - November 18, 2014 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Guidance for practices putting patient services online
Developed in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners, it provides practical tools for implementing a range of online services including booking appointments and ordering repeat prescriptions. More .... (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 5, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

GPs on alert for children at risk from cyber trolling
Advice to help GPs identify and support children and young people at risk of child trafficking and radicalisation is also included in the new toolkit published by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the NSPCC.It reflects the changing landscape of general practice, with GPs on the frontline of increasingly complex health and societal challenges. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 27, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Simple blood test could prevent heart failure in thousands of patients
A ground-breaking study into a simple blood test that could help predict and prevent heart failure has been awarded the most prestigious research prize by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). A team of researchers from University College, Dublin, and St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin have been was awarded The RCGP Research Paper of the Year for their paper “Natriuretic Peptide–Based Screening and Collaborative Care for Heart Failure: The STOP-HF Randomized Trial”. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 13, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Research into primary care staffing mandates begins
Health Education England has been asked to find out exactly how many primary and community care staff are needed across the country.  Speaking at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) annual conference in Liverpool, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt revealed that there had been an “element of guesswork” in working out how many staff are needed in practices and the community.  Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 2, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: johnnytsiattalou Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Practice development Practice management Latest News Source Type: news

Practice nurses face threat from mass GP surgery closures
The Royal College of General Practitioners has warned that up to 600 surgeries face closure due to a “deepening crisis” in GP recruitment, suggesting practice nurse jobs may also be at risk. (Source: Nursing Times Breaking News)
Source: Nursing Times Breaking News - October 2, 2014 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCGP: 'Recruitment crisis leading 600 practices to closure'
Up to 600 practices could be at risk of closure across the UK because of the deepening workforce crisis, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) chair has warned at the annual conference today Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 2, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Practice management Premises Latest News Source Type: news

GP workload a threat to standards of care, poll shows
Almost two thirds (65%) of respondents to a Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) poll worry that GP workloads, with some GPs seeing 40-60 patients a day, are a threat to the standard of care GPs can provide to their patients. Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 1, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: abrewerton Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Complaints Patient Access Practice management Featured Articles Latest News Source Type: news

The RCGP slams Labour NHS plans
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has branded Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham’s plans for NHS as destructive. Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 1, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: abrewerton Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Patient Access Practice development Featured Articles Latest News Source Type: news

RCGP working to improve GP eye care knowledge
Just one third (34.1%) of respondents were confident in diagnosing symptoms or signs of age-related macular degeneration, with only half of GPs confident in diagnosing diabetic retinopathy (48.8%), glaucoma (51.2%) or refractive error (49.3%). The UK Vision Strategy survey, undertaken in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practitioners serves to establish levels of awareness amongst GPs and their practice teams in terms of managing the eye health of their patients and the needs of their patients with sight loss. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 29, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

RCGP updates revalidation guidance
Updated resources to support GPs through revalidation have been published by the Royal College of General Practitioners Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - September 23, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick HR Latest News Source Type: news

Thousands of patients sign RCGP petition
Thousands of patients have signed the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) petition for fairer practice funding Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - September 1, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Finance Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Thousands of doctors prevented from returning to GP workforce by red tape
The Royal College of General Practitioners and the British Medical Association (BMA) say that the rules governing the eligibility of family doctors to work in England are being interpreted in such a bureaucratic way that thousands of qualified GPs who would like to return to work after extended periods of maternity leave or practising medicine abroad are effectively being disbarred from the GP workforce without good reason. More..... (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 18, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Steep rise in antibiotic use for coughs and colds
ConclusionThis cross-sectional study has found the proportion of people with coughs and colds that are prescribed antibiotics rose from 36% in 1999 to 51% in 2011 – an increase of approximately 40%. This is despite the publication of guidance recommending that GPs do not prescribe antibiotics for coughs and colds. It also found substantial variation between different GP practices, with 10% of practices prescribing antibiotics for less than 32% of cases and 10% of practices prescribing antibiotics for more than 65% of cases, suggesting that substantially lower rates of prescribing could be achieved.The ...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Source Type: news

Naming and shaming GPs for too few cancer referrals will bring NHS to its knees, warn doctors
Dr Maureen Baker, the head of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said the chaos would be caused by doctors referring virtually all patients to be on safe side. (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - July 6, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: doctors Maureen Baker cancer NHS chaos Source Type: news

New collaboration between the NIHR and the Royal College of General Practitioners
An exciting collaboration is announced today between the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). The Royal College’s 49,000 strong membership is being asked to help inform and direct future NIHR research for primary care in the NHS, in the best interests of patient safety and care. As... (Source: NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies News)
Source: NIHR Evaluation, Trials and Studies News - June 30, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

RCGP to charge for revalidation tool access
GPs will be charged £50 per year to use the revalidation tool soon to be launched by the Royal College of General Practitioners Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - June 18, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick HR Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

RCGP: 'Millions unable to get appointments'
Millions of patients across England are facing a postcode lottery when trying to book an appointment with their local GP, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has warned Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - June 2, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Latest News Source Type: news

‘Save general practice’ plea by GPs
The petition, which will be accompanied by a hard-hitting poster showing long queues of people waiting outside a GP practice in a nightmare vision of the future, will be sent out to every surgery in the UK over the next week. The petition and poster, which have been produced by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the National Association for Patient Participation, call on the governments of the UK to reverse the swingeing cuts made to the funding of general practice over the last decade, which many believe have left some services struggling to survive. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - May 28, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

GPs call on patient power to help reverse funding cuts
Royal College of General Practitioners calls for 11% increase in GP funding to stave off potential closuresRelated items from OnMedicaBMA warns lack of MPIG support will close GP practicesExcess workload prompts GP fears of missing serious illness in patientsGP surgeries threatened by funding changes Millions of patients set to miss out on GP appointmentsGP funding to dive by a fifth by 2017 (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - May 27, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Innovative resource shows promise in dementia care
An online tool aimed at helping people with dementia access specialist care in their local area has been launched by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - May 22, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Practice development Latest News Source Type: news

High proportion of NHS staff feel swift and effective action is not taken to deal with inappropriate behaviours, new survey finds
21 May 2014 Two fifths (43 per cent) of NHS staff feel that swift and effective action is not taken to deal with inappropriate behaviours and performance in their organisation, a survey published today by The King’s Fund has found.The survey of more than 2,000 NHS clinicians and managers also found that a noticeable proportion of executive board members (16 per cent) did not think that swift and effective action is being taken, with only 58 per cent thinking that it is. Dealing with inappropriate behaviour effectively is an important process to ensure the right cultures are fostered which will d...
Source: The King's Fund - Press - May 20, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

GPs warn waiting lists will grow without greater investment
Royal College of General Practitioners says family doctors are the cornerstone of the NHS     (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - April 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

RCGP reveals updated clinical priorities
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has announced its latest clinical priorities and new ‘Clinical Champions’ for the next three years Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - April 4, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Latest News Source Type: news

GP funding to fall by 17%, RCGP claims
General practice funding could fall by 17% in real terms over the next three years, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has claimed Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - April 2, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Finance Featured Articles Latest News Source Type: news

GPs 'should prepare' for learning disability DES changes
GPs should get ready to offer health checks to young people with learning disabilities, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has warned Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 25, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Public believe GP workloads are threat to patient care
The survey, commissioned by the Royal College of General Practitioners, shows that three in five Britons (62%) believe that the number of patient consultations GPs conduct each day - reckoned to be between 40-60 consultations in the majority of cases - is a threat to the standard of care they can provide to patients. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 25, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

RCGP developing carer-support information hub
An online information hub to help GPs improve the support and services they provide for carers will be developed by the Royal College of General Practitioners Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - March 11, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Latest News Source Type: news

RCGP to develop unique online info hub to help UK GPs support carers
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has been awarded more than £380,000* from the Department of Health to develop a unique online information 'hub' to help GPs improve the support and services they provide for carers. The hub will collate all the information GPs, primary healthcare staff, practice teams, commissioners and Health & Wellbeing Board representatives might need to identify and support carers, bringing together RCGP resources as well as signposting to external resources. Health professionals will be able to use it free of charge. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Primary Care / General Practice Source Type: news

Majority of public in England think case for care.data has not been well publicised
A new opinion poll - released to coincide with a House of Commons adjournment debate on the issue of care.data (4 March 2014) - shows that the majority of the public in England believes that the case for the introduction of the care.data electronic database of all patient records from GP practices has not been well-publicised. The survey, commissioned by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), also shows that two thirds of the public believe that patients' right to opt out of having their records added to the electronic database has not been well-publicised. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 5, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: IT / Internet / E-mail Source Type: news

RCGP opposed to assisted dying
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is to remain opposed to any change in the law on assisted dying, it has been revealed Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 25, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Latest News Source Type: news

RCGP: 34m patients 'unable to get appointments'
More than 34 million patients in England will this year fail to get an appointment with their GP when seeking treatment, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has claimed Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 24, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patient Access Latest News Source Type: news

Survey warning on GP appointments
More than 34 million people will this year fail to get an appointment with their GP when they seek one, the Royal College of General Practitioners has claimed. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - February 24, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

34 million patients will fail to get appointment with a GP in 2014
The huge number of patients who will fail to secure a consultation with a GP or a practice nurse, this year, comes despite the fact that general practice now sees 40 million more patients annually than was the case in 2008/09. The startling prediction for the number of patients who will fail to secure an appointment is based on an analysis by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), of the latest GP Patient Survey, published in December, revealing that 10% of patients who sought a consultation with a GP or a practice nurse in 2012/13, failed to get one. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 24, 2014 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news