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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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The Twitter GP Journal Club relaunch #gpjc

In 2011, a Cambridge medical student and a foundation programme doctor working in the West Midlands founded the first ever Twitter journal club (@twitjournalclub/#twitjc). Within weeks they had close to a thousand followers. There are now 59 journal club Twitter hashtags, although not all of these are active, including @twitjournalclub which became inactive in December 2013. @GPJournalClub (#gpjc) was founded in December 2015 by Lucy Pocock (@drpoco), who was at the time a GP registrar on maternity leave. The account had 100 followers within 24 hours and now has over a thousand. The first tweet chat took place on...

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Incorporating global health into your primary care life

The authors are current and former members of the RCGP Junior International Committee; Sonia Tsukagoshi (chair) Katrina Whalley (former National Exchange Coordinator, NEC) and Bernadeta Bridgwood (current NEC). Global health is an important area of primary care which is infiltrating general practice across the UK. As GPs, we see a cross-section of our population and gain an understanding the wider world from our consultation room. The RCGP Junior International Committee (RCGP JIC) is a group of 16 volunteer early years GPs with an enthusiasm for international primary care. We believe that experiencing healthcare systems abroad improves understanding of patient beliefs, cultures...

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Diagnosing dementia in younger people: A decision-making guide for GPs

Shona Lucitt (right) is currently studying for a Masters in Public Health at Imperial College London. She previously worked at the Alzheimer’s Society supporting a pilot project for people living with YOD. More recently she has been working for Public Health England in cancer analysis. Melanie Davis-­Hall (left) is a GP trainee on the Imperial VTS scheme and editorial fellow at the BJGP.   A typical story “I knew something was wrong, I just didn‘t know what. Maybe it’s just me, I thought, maybe I’m a bit stressed.” “I knew something was wrong, I just didn‘t know what. Maybe it’s...

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