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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...

Beyond coronavirus: My experience as a GP during the pandemic

Beyond coronavirus: My experience as a GP during the pandemic

Dr Adeola Oginni offers a personal account of how the COVID-19 outbreak has affected...

'I'm left feeling completely undervalued': a GP locum's pandemic experience

'I'm left feeling completely undervalued': a GP locum's pandemic experience

A locum GP describes how the COVID-19 crisis has left them without work and struggling...

How social prescribing can help practices during the COVID-19 outbreak

How social prescribing can help practices during the COVID-19 outbreak

Christiana Melam explains how recruiting social prescribing link workers could help...

Viewpoint: Why I'm returning to the GP frontline to fight COVID-19

Viewpoint: Why I'm returning to the GP frontline to fight COVID-19

A year ago, New Forest GP Dr Nigel Watson took one of the toughest decisions of his...

Viewpoint: NHS must take bold steps to end gender inequality within medicine

Viewpoint: NHS must take bold steps to end gender inequality within medicine

Professor Dame Jane Dacre, who is leading the government-backed review on the gender...

Gender pay gap leaves general practice missing out on 'huge pool of talent'

Gender pay gap leaves general practice missing out on 'huge pool of talent'

General practice is missing out on a huge pool of talent because of disincentives...

A GP trainee’s view on the new GP contract

A GP trainee’s view on the new GP contract

Dr Zoe Brown looks at what the measures set out in the new contract for GP training,...

Being a Diabetes UK clinical champion

Being a Diabetes UK clinical champion

Being a Diabetes UK clinical champion has had a huge impact on Dr Sarah Davies' career....

How social prescribing is helping patients in our practices

How social prescribing is helping patients in our practices

A social navigator service in south Cambridgeshire helped to deliver a 20% decrease...

Viewpoint: The RCGP's refusal to change stance on assisted dying suggests it is stuck in the past

Viewpoint: The RCGP's refusal to change stance on assisted dying suggests it is stuck in the past

The RCGP's decision to remain opposed to a change in the law on assisted dying, despite...

PCNs must check payment rules for clinical directors to avoid tax penalties

PCNs must check payment rules for clinical directors to avoid tax penalties

Primary care networks (PCNs) have just a month to make sure they are paying their...

Recognising and referring domestic violence and abuse

Recognising and referring domestic violence and abuse

A social enterprise is helping to train staff in GP practices to support women affected...

Viewpoint: Revamped 2020 contract 'a watershed moment for general practice'

Viewpoint: Revamped 2020 contract 'a watershed moment for general practice'

Following weeks of uncertainty over the future of primary care networks (PCNs), reworked...

What needs to happen to get primary care networks back on track?

What needs to happen to get primary care networks back on track?

Kings Fund senior fellow Beccy Baird examines what was wrong with the PCN draft service...

10 tips for greener general practice

10 tips for greener general practice

Taking steps to tackle climate change can help improve people's health both now and...

PCNs: How could the network DES draft service specifications change?

PCNs: How could the network DES draft service specifications change?

Dr Simon Hodes explains how he thinks NHS England could change the network contract...

Reflections on the GP crisis: nine key changes that could revitalise general practice

Reflections on the GP crisis: nine key changes that could revitalise general practice

As the NHS enters the 2020s, Watford GP Dr Simon Hodes reflects on the GP crisis...

More than 2 in 5 PCNs not on 'natural' scale envisaged by NHS England

More than 2 in 5 PCNs not on 'natural' scale envisaged by NHS England

More than 40% of primary care networks (PCNs) are outside the 'natural' size range...

GP barometer: Nine charts that show the state of general practice at the start of 2020

GP barometer: Nine charts that show the state of general practice at the start of 2020

As general practice enters the 2020s, GPonline's barometer looks at factors driving...

Why manifesto promises of more GPs may not make general practice safer

Why manifesto promises of more GPs may not make general practice safer

Politicians of all stripes have promised more GPs during the general election campaign,...

Viewpoint: Why we decided to become a 'safe surgery'

Viewpoint: Why we decided to become a 'safe surgery'

Safe Surgeries, an initiative run by charity Doctors of the World, aims to tackle...

Viewpoint: 'Why the RCGP should not adopt a neutral stance on assisted dying'

Viewpoint: 'Why the RCGP should not adopt a neutral stance on assisted dying'

The RCGP is currently surveying members for their views on assisted dying. In response...

Viewpoint: Are GPST1s and 2s the forgotten GP trainees?

Viewpoint: Are GPST1s and 2s the forgotten GP trainees?

GP registrars spend a significant amount of their training in hospital or community-based...

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