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Shared decision making must be at the heart of all interactions with patients

Shared decision making must be at the heart of all interactions with patients

New guidance on shared decision making makes clear it is is no longer a ‘nice to...

How can we improve care for bereaved patients?

How can we improve care for bereaved patients?

GP Dr Catherine Millington Sanders explains how practices can improve care for bereaved...

Viewpoint: Social prescribing link workers are all about general practice medicine

Viewpoint: Social prescribing link workers are all about general practice medicine

Christiana Melam, chief executive of the National Association of Link Workers, explains...

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK are playing a leading role in the largest-ever NHS vaccination...

How has COVID-19 impacted on continuity of care in general practice?

How has COVID-19 impacted on continuity of care in general practice?

Dr Jessica Farrell and Dr Kamal Sidhu look at clinicians’ views of how the pandemic...

‘Sick to the back teeth of press saying we're closed’ - GPs condemn media attacks

‘Sick to the back teeth of press saying we're closed’ - GPs condemn media attacks

After media campaigns criticising GPs on face-to-face access, doctors have spoken...

How social prescribing can help GPs and practice teams

How social prescribing can help GPs and practice teams

Christiana Melam explains how working closely with social prescribing link workers...

Two-fold variation in GPs in partnership roles between CCGs

Two-fold variation in GPs in partnership roles between CCGs

The proportion of GPs in partnership roles varies two-fold between CCGs across England...

Viewpoint: 'Hero' label must not stop doctors demanding fair pay and support

Viewpoint: 'Hero' label must not stop doctors demanding fair pay and support

Calling NHS staff 'heroes' reflected the personal risk and sacrifices they took on...

Viewpoint: International staff play a vital role in the NHS

Viewpoint: International staff play a vital role in the NHS

The NHS would not be able to function without the contribution of international staff...

What do integrated care systems mean for general practice?

What do integrated care systems mean for general practice?

The Health and Care Bill, which will make integrated care systems (ICSs) statutory...

Viewpoint: The GMC's reforms must lead to a fairer system

Viewpoint: The GMC's reforms must lead to a fairer system

The current consultation on reforms to professional regulation must lead to a fitness...

GP careers: Why I am switching to a remote GP role

GP careers: Why I am switching to a remote GP role

The pandemic has had a significant impact on the way practices work. Dr Patrice Baptiste...

The healthcare crisis in Myanmar - how UK GPs can help

The healthcare crisis in Myanmar - how UK GPs can help

Dr Jim Brockbank from Myanmar UK GP Health Action provides an update on how the military...

Viewpoint: A 10-point plan to stabilise the bedrock of the NHS

Viewpoint: A 10-point plan to stabilise the bedrock of the NHS

General practice is the bedrock of the NHS - if it fails, the NHS fails. But the...

Viewpoint: The letter NHS England should have sent to GPs

Viewpoint: The letter NHS England should have sent to GPs

NHS England caused fury after it issued a letter blanket demand that all patients...

Viewpoint: False claims about GP access must be challenged - or practices really will close

Viewpoint: False claims about GP access must be challenged - or practices really will close

A high-profile public campaign is vital to counter damaging, false claims that GP...

BMA GP chair: 'GPs let down by tone deaf NHS demands on face-to-face appointments'

BMA GP chair: 'GPs let down by tone deaf NHS demands on face-to-face appointments'

NHS England has let down general practice with its 'tone deaf' demand for all patients...

How to avoid burnout as a doctor

How to avoid burnout as a doctor

Dr Patrice Baptiste recently suffered from burnout, here she offers some practical...

Viewpoint: Patients and GPs are unhappy with access to general practice, what's the solution?

Viewpoint: Patients and GPs are unhappy with access to general practice, what's the solution?

Practices are deluged with work, yet many people still think they are ‘closed’. The...

Viewpoint: Why health regulation needs to modernise - care minister Helen Whately

Viewpoint: Why health regulation needs to modernise - care minister Helen Whately

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the need for simpler and more flexible professional...

Viewpoint: Why NICE guidance on domestic abuse needs to be updated

Viewpoint: Why NICE guidance on domestic abuse needs to be updated

Dr Vasumathy Sivarajasingam explains why screening for domestic abuse should be standard...

How UK GPs are helping to support doctors in Myanmar following the military coup

How UK GPs are helping to support doctors in Myanmar following the military coup

Dr Jim Brockbank has worked with GPs in Myanmar for a number of years. He describes...

Viewpoint: Why dermatology for skin of colour matters

Viewpoint: Why dermatology for skin of colour matters

No patient should be disadvantaged because of their skin tone so we must take the...

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