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   Clinical News
   February 2017   

Person-centred care
The benefits of working together
The challenges posed by HIV
Our palliative and end of life care position
Making full use of your PPG
Making it personal: partnership with the voluntary sector
Care and support planning is vital for ensuring people with long term conditions get personalised help to manage their health. The health service can’t do this alone – partnership with local voluntary organisations will help establish effective collaborative support planning. Sarah Hutchinson of National Voices explains how.
Working together to put patients at the heart of decisions about their care
As the number of people with multiple long-term conditions continues to rise, Professor David Haslam, Chair of NICE and former GP, looks at the challenges this presents to our health and social care system, and talks about the benefits of clinicians and patients making decisions together.
My Voice, My Choice: is Integrated Personal Commissioning making an impact?
Stockton-on Tees has been host to a programme supporting the improvement, integration and personalisation of services for patients. Dr Girish Chawla tells us how recipients aren't the only people finding individual approaches to care rewarding, with clinicians and other health professionals also being quick to see the benefits. 
HIV's learning curve for us all in terms of long term conditions 
Primary care has seen many changes to approaches in HIV in the relatively recent past, and patients have also often experienced dramatic journeys. Dr Philippa Matthews, the College's Clinical Champion for HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health, tells us about the tools available to you to give those with HIV the care they really want.
Are you getting the most out of your Patient Participation Group?
While it is well recognised that Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) can play a central supporting role for GP practices, more often than not they are not used to their full potential. Here Patricia Wilkie, President of the National Association for Patient Participation, explains the value that they can add.
Care and support planning - a way to check progress
A self-assessment resource for health and social care practitioners to check their progress in delivering care and support planning is currently being developed by The Coalition for Collaborative Care, in partnership with RCGP. Director Catherine Wilton tells us how the new tool, launched in Spring 2017, will help you evaluate the support you are providing.
  Also this month
The RCGP'S Palliative and End of Life Care position statement
We as GPs know we are deeply embedded in the communities we serve, and the majority of palliative and end of life services in the UK are provided by generalists. Dr Catherine MIllington-Sanders, the College's Clinical Champion for Palliative and End of Life Care, introduces the RCGP's position on providing sustainable palliative care, and considerations for each of the UK's devolved nations. 
Bright Ideas
Have you seen this month's Bright Ideas? 
Offering vasectomy services in primary care
• Joint clinic with microbiology to manage recurrent UTIs  
• Huddles in primary care: healthy team dynamics
View these and find out how to submit your own ideas below. 
  In other news
Primary care clinical research 

Pregnancy themed review 
Also in research, the NIHR has published a new Themed Review entitled Better Beginnings - Improving Health for Pregnancy. Bringing together 46 published studies and 28 ongoing studies, the review covers such areas as health weight, stopping smoking, and breastfeeding.

Medically Unexplained Symptoms

- We'd like to know about perinatal mental health provisions in your area. Please take our survey here.
- Following our project focusing on brain tumours in children, we would like to know your thoughts on our resources. Take our survey here.

- We are currently looking for your thoughts about promoting physical activity and lifestyle to combat chronic disease. Please share your opinion here.
Do you want to interact with a virtual patient? Would you like to discover a new method of GP training? UCL are conducting an innovative study where you could do both of those things and be rewarded with a CPD point certificate and a £20 Amazon voucher! Register here.

Accessible information standard consultation
NHS England are inviting GPs to submit their views of the Accessible Information Standard. To give your feedback please click here.

Clinical trails for Graves' disease
A potential new treatment for Graves’ disease is undergoing clinical trials at centres in the UK. For more information and to refer patients, please visit the British Thyroid Foundation.

Drug misuse treatment in England
Public Health England have published a review of outcomes of drug misuse treatment. Read the report here.  
Events of interest

QI Ready event - 23 March 2017
To follow the launch of our QI Ready platform, we are holding a free half-day event in Newcastle, which provides information about using the tool to integrate Quality Improvement into your practice. Register here.

Celebrating the Autism clinical priority - 6 March 2017
The College is holding an afternoon event to celebrate the achievements of the closing clinical priority of Autistic Spectrum Disorders, and raise awareness of the resources which have been created over the past three years. If you wish to attend this free event, please email us.

Nutrition and Hydration awareness week - 13-19 March
Risk of malnutrition and dehydration are intertwined, with frail patients at highest risk. Are you familiar with MUST score? Put malnutrition on your PDP or learn practical management tips here. and check out Nutrition and Hydration week's events here.

Following the great feedback from the cancer cascade event in Cardiff this month, we are holding our next event in Leeds on 11 May
This is a free event for anyone working in primary care who has a specific interest in or remit for cancer control. You may also be interested in Cancer Research UK's Population Research Innovation workshop, running in Oxford on 25-28 June. Designed to foster innovation in cancer prevention, the workshop is a must for GPs applying for CRUK's Innovation Grants.

UK Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine network - 23 March 2017
The UK is leading the way in pharmacogenetics and stratified medicine for a number of different conditions. Register here to attend the 4th annual open meeting of the UK network and see a range of talks from academic and clinical experts.

Other courses
Sepsis workshop, one day, 2 March, Wakefield
Minor surgery, two days, 2-3 March, Stafford
Conversations in palliative and end of life care, one day, 2 March, Northampton
Minor surgery, two days, 3-4 March, Llandudno
Mastering the 6 to 8 week baby check update, half day, 7 March, Wirral
Men's and women's health, evening, 8 March, Leicester
Joint injections, half day, 8 March, Leyland
Consequences of cancer, one day, 9 March, Edinburgh
The enhanced role of cancer in primary care, one day, 9 March, Brighton
Dermotology, evening, 9 March, London
Modern sexual health care, one day, 10 March, London
Minor surgery, two days, 13-14 March, London
Improving patient safety, one day, 14 March, Liverpool
Skin disorders, evening, 14 March, Liverpool
Minor surgery update, one day, 14 March, Liverpool
Tackling chronic disease through lifestyle behaviour changes, half day, 16 March, Manchester
Minor surgery, two days, 16-17 March, Newmarket
Women's health update, one day, 16 March, Warrington
Paediatrics, one day, 16 March, Keswick
Child health promotion, three days, 20-22 March, Chester
Minor surgery, two days, 22-23 March, Sheffield
Minor surgery, two days, 22-23 March, Gateshead
Diabetes, one day, 28 March, Southampton
Minor surgery, two days, 28-29 March, Liverpool
Minor surgery, two days, 30-31 March, Chelmsford 
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