Month: September 2018

Poems for Doctors: a video

  Written by Lesley Morrison. This year, for the fourth year, all Scottish medical graduates were gifted Tools of the Trade, the little pocket sized book of poetry published by the Scottish Poetry Library and intended to provide support for new doctors as they embark on their very demanding new professional lives, and to encourage their creativity. In collaboration with the Scottish Poetry Library, the School of Medicine at the University of St Andrews University Medical School has produced lovely video recordings of some of the poems and the latest was released on 5th July as a 70th birthday present for the...

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And I guess that’s why they call it the blues

Peter Aird is a GP in Bridgwater, Somerset. Like the one whose taste in music veers consistently and increasingly away from societal norms and thus is destined to spend too much time sat in darkened rooms accompanied only by an empty bottle and the conviction that only he or she knows how music really ought to sound, it can be a lonely experience seeing things differently to the majority. Nevertheless, it needs to be said that it’s not unusual, in this vale of tears, for it to be hard to be human. Neither is it abnormal. We live in...

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Research priorities in primary care: ideas from the coal-face

Setting research priorities in primary care: a co-creation symposium to generate ideas from the coal-face Written by Victoria Tzortziou Brown, Clare Wilkinson, Kamal Mahtani, Geoff Wong, Azeem Majeed, Philip Evans, Thomas Round, and Roger Jones Background Although over 90% of patient contacts within the NHS occur in primary care, many of the interventions used in this setting frequently lack a sound, up-to-date, scientific basis.1Primary care research: The MRC’s proposals. G., Radda. 426: 872 British Journal of General Practice , 1998, Vol. 48. The applicability of research findings and relevant guidelines to front-line primary care practice is increasingly being questioned.2A...

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Prof Kamilla Hawthorne: GPs must focus on community-led care

Professor Kamila Hawthorne explores how NHS Wales can reprioritise its resources to better support and use the skills of its GPs to lead innovative, community-led care.  It has been a long, hot summer for general practitioners – in more ways than one. Not only have they been dealing with the usual casualties of a heatwave, they have also been the focus of heated debate on issues such as “a constantly escalating workload” and a lack of GP appointments here in Wales. Many of the major contributing factors to these crises will be familiar: chiefly time, money and people. In...

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