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GP training: Working remotely as a GP trainee during the pandemic

GP training: Working remotely as a GP trainee during the pandemic

Dr Zoe Brown was in her first year of GP training and pregnant as lockdown began....

Map: Three-fold variation in GP practice list size between CCGs

Map: Three-fold variation in GP practice list size between CCGs

The list size of GP practices across England has grown rapidly over the past decade...

How have GP practices fared under CQC inspections?

How have GP practices fared under CQC inspections?

The latest annual report from the CQC sets out ratings for all of the sectors it...

Viewpoint: How NHS England can give the ARRS a much-needed kick

Viewpoint: How NHS England can give the ARRS a much-needed kick

Millions of pounds in funding available to PCNs through the additional roles reimbursement...

Social prescribers can make a huge difference to the NHS and society as a whole

Social prescribers can make a huge difference to the NHS and society as a whole

On Social Prescribing Link Workers Day, Christiana Melam chief executive of the National...

Viewpoint: Bullying is a silent epidemic within the NHS

Viewpoint: Bullying is a silent epidemic within the NHS

There is a lack of training in general practice around understanding bullying, says...

Viewpoint: Open letter to NHS England on face-to-face GP consultations

Viewpoint: Open letter to NHS England on face-to-face GP consultations

In an open letter, north London GP Dr Shahnaz Camatchee responds to NHS England's...

Viewpoint: Why remote consultations could strengthen the GP-patient relationship

Viewpoint: Why remote consultations could strengthen the GP-patient relationship

Telephone, online and video consultations can still enable GPs to have strong relationships...

Viewpoint: GP training in the time of COVID-19

Viewpoint: GP training in the time of COVID-19

Dr Zoe Brown offers a personal view of how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the second...

Which parts of England have the most patients per GP?

Which parts of England have the most patients per GP?

GPs in parts of England are managing nearly twice as many patients on average as...

Viewpoint: Why smoking cessation is a vital tool to fight COVID-19 inequality

Viewpoint: Why smoking cessation is a vital tool to fight COVID-19 inequality

Erosion of smoking cessation services during the COVID-19 pandemic could hit some...

Viewpoint: PCNs can be at the forefront of tackling health inequalities

Viewpoint: PCNs can be at the forefront of tackling health inequalities

Dr Mark Spencer explains how the COVID-19 pandemic helped his primary care network...

Should remote consultations be the default after COVID-19?

Should remote consultations be the default after COVID-19?

Health secretary Matt Hancock has suggested that general practice should follow a...

Viewpoint: Protecting the mental health of the NHS workforce during COVID-19

Viewpoint: Protecting the mental health of the NHS workforce during COVID-19

Dr Ian Wood highlights how digital technology, and apps in particular, could help...

Viewpoint: How GPs can build a more equal post-COVID world through health creation

Viewpoint: How GPs can build a more equal post-COVID world through health creation

Former NHS chief executive Lord Nigel Crisp explains why the UK needs to focus on...

Viewpoint: How has the government handled coronavirus? I feel a rant coming on

Viewpoint: How has the government handled coronavirus? I feel a rant coming on

A national newspaper asked readers how well the government had handled coronavirus....

General Practice Insights: The future of the patient consultation after COVID-19

General Practice Insights: The future of the patient consultation after COVID-19

Welcome to the first of our General Practice Insights reports on key issues for the...

Viewpoint: More trust and less red tape must define post-COVID GP world, says RCGP chair

Viewpoint: More trust and less red tape must define post-COVID GP world, says RCGP chair

A high-trust approach to regulating GPs has paid dividends during the COVID-19 pandemic,...

How we set up our social prescribing service and its role during the pandemic

How we set up our social prescribing service and its role during the pandemic

Sapphire McCalla explains how a social prescribing service is supporting patients...

Viewpoint: Targeted case finding for COPD could help improve outcomes

Viewpoint: Targeted case finding for COPD could help improve outcomes

It is estimated that at least a million people with COPD are undiagnosed. Dr Noel...

Viewpoint: A greener approach to general practice can cut workload and save lives

Viewpoint: A greener approach to general practice can cut workload and save lives

General practice must play its part in reducing the NHS carbon footprint, says BMA...

Viewpoint: How racism has affected my career in medicine

Viewpoint: How racism has affected my career in medicine

As protesters around the world challenge racism following the death of George Floyd,...

How digital assistants can help patients manage their health and wellbeing

How digital assistants can help patients manage their health and wellbeing

A project in Staffordshire has shown how practices can make use of digital technology...

How a GP helped develop a protective shield to cover patients needing CPR in the pandemic

How a GP helped develop a protective shield to cover patients needing CPR in the pandemic

Wiltshire GP Dr Lydia Campbell-Hill explains how she helped create a mini isolation...

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