Beware the old normal

As the government starts to ease lockdown, Judith Harvey questions what it is that we are easing ourselves back into. Last Friday, on my way to the pharmacy, a young woman, mask-less, was walking straight towards me, her eyes glued to her phone. Fortunately, one of us was alert. For me, she was a canary:…
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The locum GP tutor

Locums are a very rich and diverse workforce, so it comes as no surprise to Isobel Heyworth when she is asked by a new practice if she can supervise a medical student. I’ve certainly known a number of fantastic locum colleagues who, having done years of medical education in a salaried or partnered role, have…
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e-learning – Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

This is a new guideline from NICE on investigating and managing AAA. It was published in Mar 2020. The main things for us are being aware of who we should be encouraging screening for. Who should we be promoting screening to? Screening is offered to all men in the year they turn 65. Inform all…
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Reducing risk 
on busy days

When GPs are under time pressure, it may be easy to correct omissions such as missed referrals without stopping to consider how it happened and what can be done to prevent a similar incident in the future. Dr Rachel Birch, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, discusses this in more detail and provides practical advice on…
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Podcast | The Sessional GP Magazine June 2020

In our 113th edition, Claire has painted another beautiful cover picture, Isobel has been looking at locums as GP tutors; Judith doesn't want us going backwards, and Louise has an update on AAA; Nigel has an update both on DIS and some childcare help; Liz has an SEISS update and Rachel has some good advice…
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e-learning – Tinnitus

This is a new guideline from NICE published in Mar 2020 on the management of tinnitus. I will summarise the advice below. There isn't much new in this for us, but I would highlight that they encourage us to explore a patient's mental health from their initial presentation. What advice and information can we give…
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