e-learning | Hypertension in pregnancy

This is an updated guideline from NICE on managing hypertension in pregnancy. It was first published in 2010 and has been updated in June 19. I will do a summary of the bits of the guideline that are relevant to us, but the following are some of the key changes: Choice of medications. This has…
Read more

Parental benefits

The New Year seems an appropriate time to think about new babies, so here we consider some money matters you might need to think about. Statutory maternity pay v maternity allowance Eligibility for statutory maternity pay (SMP): Earning at least £118 a week Give appropriate notice to employer with proof of pregnancy Have worked for…
Read more

My journey to life as a locum

Like many highly skilled professions, a career in general practice can be a journey with obstacles to overcome, barriers to navigate and choices to make. NASGP member Tina Sumner describes how she came to be working as a GP locum and how NASGP has helped her in that journey. Like most GPs, I entered medical…
Read more

Have yourself a merry 
risk-free Christmas

With seasonal cheer building and the countdown to the holidays drawing near, it is important that sessional GPs are well-prepared for possible challenges during Christmas and New Year. Dr Rachel Birch, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, offers practical advice on how to make this year as safe and enjoyable as possible. “Let it snow! Let…
Read more

Podcast | The Sessional GP Magazine December 2019

Richard Fieldhouse reviews the latest edition of The Sessional GP magazine. In our 110th edition, Rachel has some seasonal advice, Tina loves LocumDeck, Claire has some warming paintings for us, Judith unmasks a ruthless dictator, Louise gives a comprehensive rundown of hypertension in pregnancy and Liz has some great tips if you're in the process…
Read more

Working 
until i’m 67

Many of us are looking down the barrel of our ‘normal retirement age’ being 67. A chilling thought. One that drops to freezing when you think about how you’re going to finance the gap between when you want to retire and when you can actually afford to retire. With the seemingly ever-reducing lifetime and annual…
Read more

Breaking the rumination trap

Have you ever been stuck in a swirl of negative thoughts, rehashing things that you should or shouldn’t have said or done? Most of us will recognise this circular self-battering, a process known as rumination. Rumination, or 'chewing the cud', refers to the way that certain mammals - ruminants - eat, storing their partially-digested food…
Read more

e-learning – Fever in under 5s

This guideline has been updated in Nov 19. It was first published in 2007, then updated in 2013, when I first did this blog. The main update this year is around Kawasaki disease. It used to be that Kawasaki disease was diagnosed if children had 4 out of 5 features. However it has now been…
Read more

Off duty dilemmas

As doctors, we may sometimes feel that we are never off duty. Even when we are not at work, those close to us may seek our advice on medical matters, or even request for emergency medical assistance. Dr Rachel Birch, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, addresses this issue in more detail, presenting two examples of…
Read more

e-learning | Hypertension in adults

This is an updated guideline from NICE on managing hypertension in adults. It was published in Aug 2019. So what is new? The meat and bones of management is the same. There are a few small differences, which I'll list below. The biggest difference is that they encourage us to have much more of a…
Read more