GP Blog Round-up #1

GP View Weekly Round-up – our favourite blogs and stories from around the web


The trouble with NHS Choices… And a better way to do feedback?

Dr Andrew foster discusses NHS Choices and the importance of feedback used well. Also shares interesting tips on how to set up rapid text feedback for your practice.

“Feedback is powerful. Thoughtful feedback given with good intentions by a skilled tutor or friend can encourage a student to improve and excel. But, careless feedback can hurt, demoralise and block progress.

Feedback is a useful tool when applied in the right way to a suitable problem…”

Another view: of handling letters

GP Neil Paul wants a better way to deal with the many letters that flow into a GP surgery; one that’s future proof for the coming world of federated, hub and spoke working.

“While I’m naturally very pro GP, if I was to criticise my colleagues, then one of their collective faults – driven partly by the partnership model – is that they can fail to invest in innovation; and often rely too much on new pots of money when they do.”

Seven-day working for GPs costs more and doesn’t get results

Zara Aziz discusses experiences in her practice and the seven-day working plans.

“The government should give up its obsession with seven-day working, which hasn’t led to a drop in A&E admissions, and instead support GPs to provide more standard daytime appointments”

Anonymous point of view: The secret life of a GP

A day in the life of a family doctor: the joys, the difficulties and what gets them through the day.

“The best thing about my job is the patients. I could do without the doctor-bashing in the press, though.”

Receptionists are vital to running of surgeries

Dr Mary McCarthy responds to the recent news stories.

‘If they (receptionists) ask questions about why you want to see the doctor it is just to make sure that you get seen by the right person for the right amount of time. This means the patient needing the removal of a lot of stitches gets to see the nurse for 15 or 20 minutes and not for ten. They are the front door of the practice and the surgery could not run without them.’

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