10 Nov GP Blog round-up #2
GP View Weekly Roundup – our favourite blogs and stories from around the web
Cardiff GP Chris talks about what it’s like to treat a patient with a mental health problem against a backdrop of staff shortages and increasing demand.
“Working as a GP, I have new patients coming in daily specifically seeking help for mental health problems. Often it can feel like an impossible task to help someone within the confines of a ten-minute appointment. It’s even harder when you know what might help but you’re restricted in what you can offer.”
Dr Susie Bayley explores what’s next for general practice.
“It’s simple: the NHS is in crisis, and no more so than in general practice. Day in, day out the pressure is enormous. I love the job that I should be doing. I think I am reasonably good at the job I should be doing, I act safely in the job that I should be doing. But this is not the job that I should be doing.”
Vijaya Nath discusses an alternative path to improving NHS services of the future.
“The NHS comes into contact with more than one million patients every 36 hours. Over the years since the NHS was created, this patient population has grown in diversity in the fullest sense of the word. However, despite the positive way in which the NHS is seen, some sections of the patient population – perhaps because of their age, gender or ethnicity – have a less positive experience, with inequalities in access, variation in health outcomes and care that is not tailored to their individual needs.”
Paul Buchanan explores the feeling of being overwhelmed as a patient.
“Feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes that’s what being a patient is all about. Consultations, appointments, tests, results, advice, and therapy “choices”—what on earth am I meant to do? I’m not sure I even know what I’m being asked half of the time.
At home, at work, at school—not depressed, not unhappy, not fed up, just overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the daily, hour by hour, minute-by-minute intrusion into my everyday that being a patient can be. Not all the time, not everyday, but sometimes.”
Primary care players in the UK have encountered a turbulent political and financial landscape since 2012, with a range of new pressures emerging. An inadequate supply of skilled professionals has combined with rising patient demand, inadequate facilities and funding issues.
New research from Deloitte UK Centre for Health Solutions examines these challenges while also raising concerns about how quickly key policy initiatives are being rolled out.
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