GP Blog round-up #8

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1) Career + Parenting = Guilt

An interesting blog from InnovAiT – the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) journal that promotes excellence in primary care through quality education. It was developed to support Associates-in-Training (AiTs) of the RCGP from entry into specialist training to qualification. InnovAiT also provides information relevant to the needs of GP trainers, trained and newly qualified GPs, practice and community nurses, foundation level doctors and medical students contemplating a career in primary care. Read more.

“Don’t get me wrong; I can clearly remember the joy of eating my lunch in the canteen undisturbed when I went back to work after number one. There is also some freedom in having another purpose to who I am, earning my own money and being able to walk around unattached to an infant – but then there is the guilt for feeling like that too.”

2) GP: Why I have to quit job I love

A GP who is leaving her practice at Portadown Health Centre due to unbearable pressures has outlined in an emotional letter the stark realities which forced her to quit the job she loves. Read more.

“I am 38 years old – a youngish GP – I have been a partner for five years. I have been left as the “last man standing”. Now instead of enjoying my job I am simply firefighting. I am a dedicated and committed GP – I always wanted to be a GP and now I am being forced to leave.”

3) 2020 A GP vision of healthcare without walls

An alternative vision of the future.

“It is 2020 and I get up with a bounce, as I know my day will be challenging but not stressful with 15-minute appointments, a manageable workload and the ready support of an extended primary care team working in healthcare without walls. As a consultant in family medicine (GP) my work is primarily around diagnosis and the management of complex multi-morbidity and support of our clinical team.

Our GP services are national exemplars and have the recognition and support of the population we serve because our patient experience and outcomes are amongst the best in the world. As one of the best-resourced General Practice teams in the country recruitment problems are a thing of the past due to good remuneration, and innovative provision of great healthcare by an enthusiastic multi-skilled workforce from modern facilities. Bureaucracy is almost invisible with performance data largely outcome based, and pulled from routine clinical data entry.” Read more.

4) How the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme will improve care for millions

An NHS England scheme to transform care for millions of disabled people and those with long term conditions is being rolled out to six new areas across England. James Sanderson, Director of Personalisation and Choice, explains what this new announcement means for patients. 

“That isn’t to say that making any of this happen has been easy. Processes in some areas remain complex and lasting culture change takes time to embed, but as we get to a point where the system is delivering at scale, we are confident that we will see greater efficiencies for the administration of PHBs and more effective partnerships across health, social care and the voluntary sector.” Read more.

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