Book Review - Management for new GPs

Dr Priya Joshi reviews an RCGP book that offers a useful introduction to this increasingly important field.

Management for New GPs is an RCGP publication that offers an introduction to management and leadership in general practice. It is aimed at GP registrars and newly qualified GPs, but can also be used as a point of reference for others in primary care.

The book is relatively small and light, making it easy to carry around. There are a few tables and diagrams, and the text is written in a simple style and with clear language.

Many of the points are bulleted, making the information easy to digest. Abbreviations used are explained in a comprehensive list at the front.

The authors have experience in a variety of healthcare, management and educational backgrounds, providing accurate information about the diverse aspects of primary care management.

They have tried to make this book a guide rather than a detailed instruction on primary care management. Management is an expanding field within medicine and the reader must bear in mind that the aim of the book is to give an introduction to a number of areas rather than to cover each in detail.

The book begins with some background history about the NHS and the role of the GP.

It then moves on to introduce different types of contracts and services and discusses the interface between general practice and the wider NHS. This is useful background information and is particularly appropriate for those in training.

Useful chapters
The chapters then move on to cover issues such as commissioning and contracting, running a business, leadership, the GP as an employer.

The chapters on time and change management are particularly good and may help those studying for membership examinations, both from a theoretical and a practical point of view.

There are management scenarios at the start of each chapter that highlight the main learning points and help the reader to focus their thoughts.

On the whole, the scenarios are good. However, unfortunately, on occasion the examples given seem rather unlikely. In addition, there are questions at the end of each chapter with the aim of consolidating the information, but again these seem rather basic and perhaps could have been omitted.

Overall, this is an enjoyable, well-presented book with information on a wide variety of aspects of primary care management. It provides a useful introduction to this increasingly important field.

Book giveaway
GP and the RCGP are giving away four copies of Management for New GPs edited by Dr Veronica Wilkie and Professor Peter Spurgeon worth £24.95 each.

If you are unlucky in the draw, the book is available from www.rcgp.org.uk/acatalog

RCGP members receive a 10 per cent discount when ordering this book.

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