RCGP backs clinical projects to raise GP awareness of key conditions

RCGP leaders have chosen seven clinical areas that the college will focus on raising awareness of in primary care.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard (Photo: Pete Hill)
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard (Photo: Pete Hill)

GPs with a special interest in the seven categories - inflammatory bowel disease, women's health, acute kidney injury, inflammatory arthritis, health checks for people with learning disabilities, perinatal mental health and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes - will work with RCGP experts to build resources for frontline GPs around each of these topics.

The seven areas were selected based on feedback from RCGP members, and complement the college's existing clinical priorities for 2017 - liver disease, mental health, physical activity, lifestyle and sepsis.

Expert generalists

RCGP chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: 'GPs are expert medical generalists, which means we have to be knowledgeable about all disease and illness affecting the "whole" body, mental as well as physical.

'We are also under extreme pressure and time-poor. That's why the college's clinical priorities programme focuses on providing frontline GPs with the support tools and educational resources we need in the day-to-day care of our patients.'

The college's clinical innovation and research centre is working with charities and NHS organisations to produce its guidance.

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