Author: BJGP Life

Grabbing the digital innovation bingo ticket in 2020

When reading articles on digital innovation in the NHS audiences (and editors!) are finding that they need to update their editorial bingo ticket. Classics like culture change, interoperability or costs remain. But any self-respecting writer must now include something on how the NHS response to the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a greater impetus for digital transformation in primary care. And if you’re looking for a full house there should be some reference to the vital ways that general practice nurses (GPNs) are leading on digital transformation. A digital champion in a practice can help cultivate a permissive environment through use of patient and public involvement and engaging senior stakeholders. GPN digital champions recognise that digital delivery augments rather than replaces traditional approaches. And buy-in from stakeholders empowers GPNs, helping to build confidence and therefore momentum for change.

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Ending the lockdown while balancing the risk

Evidence suggests that unemployment is associated with an increase in mortality and morbidity. In light of this evidence, Samar Razaq assesses whether a return to work could help to avoid an even greater disaster during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19: The improving situation

Professor Azeem Majeed from Imperial College in London talks through the current situation. New infections are much reduced and he discusses the track and trace programme that is now working, though not as well as we might like. Everyday practice is not back to normal just yet.

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COVID-19: Please can I request the help of a social scientist?

During the COVID-19 pandemic the UK government provided daily briefings, none of which have featured the opinions of behavioural or social scientists. While GPs continue to care for their patients, they must be supported and given the tools to assist their patients with the psychosocial impact of COVID-19 so as to enrich patient lives.

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