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Volunteering to be Different

Kirsty Wooff, having spent her foundation years in Glasgow, took an ‘FY3’ year to travel and volunteer in Malawi and Nepal. Travelling for eight months… A once in a lifetime opportunity. Eight months and nine countries. But what has it done for me? As a person? And as a doctor? I set off, with my fiancé, at the end of October 2016. My sister gave birth to a beautiful baby boy a day before we left so goodbyes were particularly emotional and, as we boarded the bus to Heathrow, I did wonder – why are we doing this? We’re...

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Part 2: Integration and true collaboration to develop primary care

Cat Roberts is Clinical Lead GP involved in developing and delivering primary care services within an acute trust, including a GP-led frailty service You can read Cat’s first post: Challenging the norm: GPs as innovators here. I vividly remember one of my first consultations as a general practice registrar. The patient had a list of complex problems and I did not have the skillset to deal with the multitude of issues or her expectations. The consultation became strained, and as she pressed me for answers and solutions I became more defensive. The defensiveness manifested itself in the use of medical...

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Part 1: Challenging the norm and GPs as innovators

Cat Roberts is Clinical Lead GP involved in developing and delivering primary care services within an acute trust, including a GP-led frailty service Following a few years of basking in the ‘delicious ambiguity’ of general practice we returned to the hospital wards to try to fully understand patient care pathways. Any doctor studying for membership exams will describe how the second learning cycle is so much more meaningful when digested with a wealth of clinical experience – the same is true of returning to secondary care having worked in primary care. We were stepping from a land of hypothesis into...

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A GP’s experience of the Grenfell Tower fire

Ahmed Kazmi is a GP at Exmoor Surgery in West London. He is also a stand up comedian and his next shows will be used to fundraise for the dispossessed. For tickets go to: www.doctorahmed.net and to donate: www.justgiving.com/doctorahmed. He is on Twitter @drahmedkazmi London 15th June 2017. I am a GP working in the West London area. My clinic is less than 800 metres from Grenfell Towers and several of our patients were resident there. The day after the fire was a tragic day for many and a very atypical day in our surgery. We spent it trying to...

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My story of everyday scholarship in general practice

Faraz Mughal is a GP in Birmingham and the RCGP Clinical Fellow in Children and Young People’s Mental Health. He is on Twitter: @farazhmughal Making scholarship part of my daily practice contributes to the intellectual challenge and enjoyment of my work in general practice. Self-harm affects 1 in 12 child or young people (CYP).1 Nearly 10% of 5-16 year-olds have a mental health illness which means in an average school class of 30 schoolchildren, three will suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder. With increasing pressures facing young people in all aspects of their lives, the rates of mental illness...

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