Category: Bright Ideas and Innovation

E-consultations are redefining the clinical landscape

Murray Ellender is a GP in south London, a partner in The Hurley Group and co-founder of eConsult. To mark the 100th anniversary of the invention of the telephone, the Lancet in 1977 published a discussion paper on the use of telephony in health care. The paper reminds us that the first words uttered by Alexander Graham Bell were for medical assistance as Bell, talking to Watson, had just spilt sulphuric acid (necessary to power the telephone battery) over himself and said “Mr Watson, come here, I want you” (Aronson, 1977). Notwithstanding that doctors were the first profession required...

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Bright Ideas: Support for GP trainees in Northern Ireland

Bright Ideas is an online portal for innovative practice run by the RCGP Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC). The GP Specialty Training Department – Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency (NIMDTA) submitted this entry and it was one of the 2017 Bright Ideas Award Winners. The problem: We recognised from talking to the current ST3 doctors and to First5 GPs in Northern Ireland (NI) that there was a desire for additional support in their first year after completing their CCT. Although the ST3 training programme specifically covers areas such as “life as a locum” and managing finances,...

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