Andrew Papanikitas reviews 'Jews Don't Count' by comedian David Baddiel, a reflective essay that unpacks the idea that either you can’t be racist to or that is somehow ok to be racist to a Jew. Do some racisms or other sources of
The winners are in for the Research Paper of the Year award 2021! Carolyn A Chew-Graham and Helen Leach present the winners and stand outs from this year's awards, with reflection on the importance of primary care research for GP trainees working
By the 1980s, general practice was a self-confident discipline with a burgeoning research base and enviable training standards able to attract those from the highest rungs of Moran’s infamous career ladder. Yet all was not well. Stephen Gillam's biography of the profession considers
The commonest misconception is that general practice, the ‘jewel in its crown’, is largely a product of the NHS. This short series of articles hopes to inform, stimulate and provoke. Stephen Gillam starts with the journey from apothecary to general practitioner.
Trish Greenhalgh suggests we learn from other disciplines about the folly of taking an overly reductive, one-variable-at-a-time view of the world and mistaking it for the highest form of science.
Tips for early cancer diagnosis, social barriers to healthcare access and the association between continuity and patient survival are among an exciting top ten BJGP research papers from 2021. Congratulations to Top 10 authors and all BJGP contributors in 2021!
Peter Aird is a GP in Bridgwater, Somerset. If the recent film ‘The Darkest Hour’ is anything to go by, Winston Churchill would have liked a ‘Drinks by the Dram’ Advent Calendar – available last December on Amazon for a shilling short
Chloe Webster is a 4th year medical student, a yogaholic, creative writing enthusiast, and an aspiring future GP. You can read more of her articles. Back then, reflection didn’t really mean anything. It was just another word branded and thrown about through
Life was simple last summer. I was a happily busy wife and mother, enjoying work and keeping fit. I was in good shape, having lost a little weight, and felt great. Until one day when I developed a fever and myalgia. Looking
The first question to practise before a job interview; the one we all know will make an appearance…right?
Well, not if you’ve chosen to pursue a career in general practice. Whilst my colleagues were preparing evidence of their accomplishments and practising expected questions,
Being a patient has certainly made me think a lot. About everything. From the constant waiting, to the unanswered questions, the consultation process, the umpteen tests that get ordered as a snowball effect (turns out once you start seeing doctors, we like
Vernon Needham has been a GP partner, trainer, and police surgeon amongst many other roles in a varied career. He continues to work with the Wessex Deanery Professional Support Unit. Here he offers 25 tips for managing complaints and forming your personal
Steffan Gimblett of Pontardawe Primary Care Centre, Swansea was the winner of the inaugural Bright Ideas Awards in Wales. They produced a QR info pod for patients which contained links to all our online services, social media and relevant information about the
Times are changing. Long gone are the days of semi-detached houses in the suburbs being home to the family doctor. Lakeside Surgery, Corby is a practice like no other. There is a quiet little boating lake surrounded by a wall of fir
2018 is my seventh year as a GP. Looking back, the learning curve has been steep at times and constant at others. There is much to keep up to date with and this is expected more with each coming year. General practice:
The NHS enters its 70th year with the general practice workforce in crisis. Paramedics already have a track record in providing flexible and innovative ways of delivering extended clinical care.
Specialty bashing is not new or uncommon in the NHS. It is particularly directed at those training in general practice and has been a known problem for many generations. Despite a call for change, undermining of this specialty continues to haunt
Chloe Webster is a 4th year medical student, a yogaholic, creative writing enthusiast, and an aspiring future GP. He was so different from the rest. Often, the only patients I remember clearly in my mind are unfortunately those who make me sad
Recent advances in genetic mapping herald some dramatically positive developments in hi tech healthcare. Yet this is paralleled by unprecedented ailing demoralisation and alienation within the service that will deliver these. How do we explain this discrepancy? What can we expect?
Peter Lucassen has been working as a GP for 35 years in a small village in the Netherlands and has just retired. He is still working as a senior researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre. He is interested in medically unexplained
Darwen Healthcare came up with a plan to improve pre-diabetes care and won an RCGP Bright Ideas Award. The RCGP’s Bright Ideas initiative recognises that GPs and practice staff regularly see opportunities to improve their practice, and often do so by taking
Chloe Webster is a 4th year medical student, a yogaholic, creative writing enthusiast, and an aspiring future GP. Through the zig-zag maze of the ward, he was in the first room on the left. An odd-shaped room, tucked in tight, just after
Chloe Webster is a 4th year medical student, a yogaholic, creative writing enthusiast, and an aspiring future GP. I was just absentmindedly skimming through some patient notes, pushing paperwork for a research study, and there it was. In black and white –
Mehwish Sharif is a salaried GP in West Bromwich and does locum sessions in the Black Country. I recall thinking about a 5 year plan after completing GP VTS. The plan was quite simple, achieving a good work-life balance between personal and
Martin Roland is an Emeritus Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Cambridge. Professor Roland was a practising GP for 35 years. So NHS patients are going to be able to deregister with their practice and reregister with a practice
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
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
Sunil Bhanot is a GP partner in Hampshire, trainer, appraiser and member of RCGP Council.
Our NHS is about to lurch from crisis to catastrophe. Our capacity to change and cope with increasing demand is going to be undermined. Health Education England’s budget
John Porter recently completed his GP training and is enjoying living in Bath and working as a salaried GP in Bristol. There are items of equipment without which a GP in clinic cannot function. Top of this list comes a stethoscope. Closely
St James Church Surgery 1987-2016: the demise of small General Practices A personal celebration and lament David Zigmond Small general practices used to be very common and mostly popular. Yet due to healthcare policies they are now increasingly rare and almost extinct.
George Ampat is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon hoping to help patients find non-surgical solutions. Why have an operation if you can avoid one? It’s a simple question with an obvious answer but increasingly surgery is being used where it may not be
Nikesh Parekh is a GP trainee, a research fellow in ageing and part-time public health medical associate in London. Colin Tourle is a semi-retired GP in Hailsham. There are 1.5 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, of which the vast majority are hidden away in
Professor John Frey III is now retired from the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health but is still an active teacher, research collaborator, journal editor and ‘faculty whisperer’ about career transitions at all stages of professional life (a
Ahmed Z Kazmi is a doctor and stand-up comedian. If you would like to see his show ‘Doctor in the House’ he will be performing at Brighton Fringe 20-24th May 2016, Hollywood Fringe 19th-26th June 2016 and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 4-14th August 2016.
Sampson R, Barbour R and Wilson P. The relationship between GPs and hospital consultants and the implications for patient care: a qualitative study. BMC Fam Pract 2016. 17:(1): 1-12 The next GP Journal Club is on the 8th May at 8pm. You