e-learning | Indoor air quality

This is a new guideline on improving the air quality in people's homes. It was published in Jan 20. The crux of this is that there is an increasing awareness that indoor air pollution (think cooking fumes, damp, sprays, fires etc) can be damaging to health. What do we have to do as GPs? Spot…
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Giving effective feedback to a GP colleague

Locum GPs are in a challenging yet rewarding position, in that they frequently review patients that have been seen by other GPs. However, many locum GPs may be concerned, if they were to come across a clinical error, what would be the most appropriate way to provide feedback to those GPs? Dr Rachel Birch, Medicolegal…
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Returning from maternity leave

It's tricky enough returning back to clinical sessions, so it's good to get your tax in order first. Last month’s article was on new mothers and the financial aspects of maternity to consider, so I thought it would be appropriate to consider the return from leave this time. As our client manager, Amy James ACA,…
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e-learning | Thyroid Disease

This is a new guideline from NICE, published in Nov 19, on thyroid disease. Much of this guideline supports our current practice. There were a few new bits for me and I have listed these below, then summarised the guideline. The guideline covers both children and adults, but as we mainly deal with adults with…
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Podcast | The Sessional GP Magazine February 2020

In our 111th edition, Louise provides a roundup of Nice's clinical guideline on management of thyroid disease, Liz gives some more advice on returning to work after maternity leave, Rachel goes through some scenarios when locums give feedback to practices, and Judith takes a look at antibiotic resistance. Scroll down to hear the podcast. Click…
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Cluster headaches and gammaCore

This is a new guideline from NICE on the use of gammaCore for cluster headaches. It was published in Dec 19. It should be used by specialists. Why is a new treatment important? About 5 people a year in the UK commit suicide because of cluster headaches. The side-effects from conventional medications and the monitoring…
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Doctors under siege

In 2011, Hamza was a young Syrian doctor learning German in the hope of going abroad for specialist training. Then the civil war broke out and he opted to stay in Aleppo, operating in makeshift hospitals on the people wounded by collapsing buildings, by barrel bombs, by snipers. Five years later government forces, backed up…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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