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

RCGP: 'Patients not informed about care.data'
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has expressed concerns that patients have not been properly informed about the care.data programme Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 14, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Latest News Source Type: news

RCGP: 'CCGs could help boost practice funding'
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has pleaded with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to help increase primary care funding Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - February 10, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Finance Latest News Source Type: news

Better mental health training needed, says RCGP
Increased paediatric and psychiatry training is needed for GPs, the Royal College of General Practitioners has claimed Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - January 16, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick Patients Latest News Source Type: news

RCGP: 20,000 more staff needed for seven-day working
At least 20,000 additional practice staff would have to be hired for the government’s seven-day working plans to work, the chair of 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 - January 13, 2014 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Patient Access Latest News Source Type: news

RCGP says emphasis on hospital doctors affects GP services
New research published by the Royal College of General Practitioners reveals that three extra hospital consultant posts are now being created for every extra GP across the country. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 31, 2013 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

Patients face longer GP waits
Royal College of General Practitioners report 'dramatic' diverson of posts from general practice to hospitalsRelated items from OnMedicaGP contract – a step in the right direction? Government ignores GPs’ concerns over contractTraditional GP role widens from ‘helping’ to ‘business’ modelContract changes bring huge cut in QOF workLead GPs disagree on opening hours (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 25, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Patients will wait at least a week to see GP in 2014, it is claimed
An estimated 27 million patients will be forced to wait at least a week to see their family doctor due to a shortage of GPs, healthcare experts have warned     (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - December 24, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: general practioners Royal College of General Practitioners health minister GP family doctor GPs waiting times GP surgery NHS health budget Dan Poulter Source Type: news

Nursing and pharmaceutical leaders welcomed into RCGP
Dr Peter Carter, the Chief Executive & General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), and Helen Gordon, Chief Executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), have both been made honorary fellows of the Royal College of General Practitioners Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - December 23, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Latest News Source Type: news

Better access for Gypsies and Travellers, homeless people and sex workers
A paper by the Royal College of General Practitioners and Department of Health says that GPs who commission services in England, under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, should consider paying for mobile units and clinics, and other outreach facilities. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 17, 2013 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

RCGP warns of winter waits for GPs
According to new research by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), funding has drifted away from primary care towards hospitals over the last eight years – with the result that general practice now receives £2.4bn less a year than if funding had kept pace with secondary care. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 26, 2013 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

RPS and RCN Chief Executives receive Honorary Fellowships from RCGP
Helen Gordon, Chief Executive of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and Dr Peter Carter, the Chief Executive & General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), have both been made honorary fellows of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).   P (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - November 25, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Dr Peter Carter awarded honorary fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Dr Peter Carter, the Chief Executive & General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, has been made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. (Source: Royal College of Nursing - UK- National News)
Source: Royal College of Nursing - UK- National News - November 23, 2013 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

RCGP: Francis response has 'ramifications' for GPs
The government’s response to the Francis report, although focused on secondary care, has “clear ramifications” for the whole NHS, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - November 20, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Latest News Source Type: news

The return of the 'proper' family doctor?
Many newspapers are heralding the return of “family doctors” after the announcement of a new contract agreed between the government and GPs. The GP contract has been agreed between the NHS and GPs in England.  Among other changes, it stipulates that patients aged 75 and over will have a named GP to co-ordinate their care, as will younger patients with complex health needs such as poorly controlled diabetes. It is hoped this will reduce unplanned admissions to A&E departments. Incentivised GP targets for certain services will also be reduced, hopefully freeing up more time for doctors to spend on patie...
Source: NHS News Feed - November 15, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Older people QA articles Source Type: news

New ideas for improving care
Hard-pressed GPs with bright ideas for improving care - but no time or funding to put them into practice - can apply to become “innovation fellows” in an initiative launched today by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) in collaboration with the Peter Sowerby Foundation. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - November 5, 2013 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

RCGP: Primary care faces £400m cuts
General practice cuts have led to a £400 million funding “black hole” according to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 9, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Finance Latest News Source Type: news

Gerada: NHS reorganisation was 'confusing'
The 'confusing', 'incoherent' Health and Social Care Act has only worsened the divide between primary and acute doctors, according to Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) chair Dr Clare Gerada Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - October 4, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Complaints Patient Access Patients Latest News Source Type: news

GPs 'facing financial black hole'
GP services are facing a £400m financial “black hole” that could have catastrophic consequences, the Royal College of General Practitioners has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - October 3, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS England puts patient data to better use
The service will use information from a patients’ medical record to improve the way that healthcare is delivered for all. Materials and guidance have been developed in collaboration with the Health and Social Care Information Centre, British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners to support practices to raise awareness. Patients who are not happy for their data to be used in this way can ask their GP practice to make a note of this in their medical record and this will prevent their information leaving the practice. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - August 23, 2013 Category: UK Health Authors: Maria Axford Source Type: news

NHS Health Checks are a "waste of time"
The government’s Health Check scheme is a “waste of time” according to Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) chair Clare Gerada Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - August 21, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Patient Access Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Longer waiting times for GP appointments predicted as concerned GPs raise fears about the impact of cuts for patient care, UK
Over 70% of GPs are forecasting longer waiting times for GP appointments within the next two years - as nearly half (47%) reveal that they have cut back on the range of services they provide for their patients. In the latest survey by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) highlighting the growing crisis in general practice, more than 80% of respondents said that they now have insufficient resources to provide high quality patient care... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 20, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Primary Care / General Practice Source Type: news

RCGP: General practice is at “breaking point”
Nearly half (47%) of GPs have had to cut back on the range of services provided for patients because of funding issues, a Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) survey shows Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - August 19, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Finance Patient Access Patients Latest News Source Type: news

Calls for greater coordination of flu vaccination programme
The Royal College of General Practitioners Wales and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Wales have called upon the Welsh Government and NHS Wales to plan for greater coordination between health professionals to help increase the uptake of flu vaccination and protect a larger population this year (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - July 22, 2013 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Shortfall of 16,000 GPs predicted for 2021
A funding gap between 2013 and 2021 could lead to a shortfall of 16,000 family doctors in England, the Royal College of General Practitioners has said. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 15, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UK doctors fear job losses as government reshuffles healthcare spending
Patients in the UK could lose as many as 2,400 doctors under the government's Comprehensive Spending Review, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has warned. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - July 3, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

GP revalidation toolkit released
Updated resources for GPs preparing for revalidation have 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 - July 2, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: lspringer Tags: *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured *** iQ HR Featured Articles Latest News Source Type: news

Government promise £3 billion to integrate care
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has warned that the ‘crisis’ in general practice will intensify if the pooling of health and social care resources, announced by Chancellor George Osbourne today, leads to money being diverted away from GP services. Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Management in Practice)
Source: Management in Practice - June 26, 2013 Category: Practice Management Authors: abrewerton Tags: *** AskTheExpert: Commissioning *** Editor ' s Pick *** Featured Featured Articles Latest News Source Type: news

GPs 'unable to deliver safe care'
Family doctors are “unable” to deliver safe care due to time and resource limits, the chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners has warned. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - May 31, 2013 Category: UK Health Source Type: news