23 May 2018

New Round of Clinical Priorities Announced By College

The Royal College of GPs has announced its latest round of clinical projects to support frontline GPs and their teams as they deliver quality care for their patients.
These will focus on:

  • Dermatology
  • Efficient Multimorbidity Management
  • Lyme Disease
  • Menstrual Wellbeing

The RCGP selects specific clinical areas, based on the feedback of its members, with the purpose of profile-raising and increasing awareness of the area in primary care.

GPs with a special interest in the area work with the RCGP's Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) to deliver practical resources, such as toolkits, to support GPs in their day-to-day work with patients.

The RCGP will be working on the new round of projects in partnership with funders including Lyme Disease Action and Endometriosis UK.
The projects will run alongside the College's ongoing Clinical Priorities for 2018 -  Cancer, Liver Disease, Mental Health, Physical Activity & Lifestyle and Sepsis. CIRC also have projects on end of life care, inflammatory bowel disease and antimicrobial resistance – a partnership with Public Health England that has led to the development of the TARGET Antibiotics Toolkit.

CIRC is also supporting a number of research initiatives in 2018/19. We are working with North Staffordshire GP Federation to support their Physician Associate Internship, including an NIHR funded evaluation by Keele University; with the National Institute for Health Research's Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West (Bristol University) to optimise testing for monitoring chronic disease in primary care; and with the Professional Record Standards Body to improve communication with outpatients to support self-care, shared decision-making and patient safety.

RCGP Chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard said: "GPs will always strive to deliver the best care possible, so it's important to have the confidence to identify disease and recommend an appropriate treatment plan for every patient who walks through the door.

"Clinical guidance is constantly changing as more high-quality medical research is undertaken and evaluated, so it’s vital that as medical expert generalists, we are up to date – but this is no easy feat with the intense resource and workforce pressures our profession is facing.

"That's why the College's Clinical Priorities and Spotlight Projects programmes are so important. Our hardworking Clinical Champions and Fellows support us in developing easily accessible and digestible educational resources for busy GPs ensuring that we have the latest advice at our fingertips.

"This research is having a direct and positive impact on the care that GPs and wider practice teams are able provide to patients every day, and we are very grateful to the charities and funding partners who make this work possible."

Find out more about the RCGP's Clinical Priorities and one year Spotlight projects.

Further Information
RCGP Press office: 020 3188 7574/7575/7633/7410
Out of hours: 0203 188 7659

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 52,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.