Category: Bright Ideas and Innovation

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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Self discovery with an ankle fracture

Kate Dawson is a full-time remote and rural ​GP on the Isle of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides. At our staff night out, I slipped on a wet dance-floor, and in a moment, fell and became a patient. I couldn’t put any weight on my foot, and my ankle swelled dramatically. As a consequence, I have learned a lot about myself, our systems, my colleagues, and about being a patient. Our practice manager showed the most clinical acumen, and provided paracetamol and an icepack. The party continued as I watched from the side-lines, I was on duty in A&E in our community...

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