The Royal College of General Practitioners has signalled its intention to work with GPs in order to build core skills.
GPs with a special interest seven key categories will receive special assistance from the authoritative healthcare body.
Inflammatory bowel disease, women’s health, acute kidney injury, inflammatory arthritis, health checks for people with learning disabilities, perinatal mental health and Ehlers-Danlos syndromes will all be covered by the new initiative, with doctors working closely with Royal College of General Practitioners experts in order to build resources for frontline GPs around each of these critical topics.
Feedback from members of the organisation was taken into consideration when selecting the areas in question.
And this new scheme is intended to complement the existing clinical priorities for the college in 2017, namely liver disease, mental health, physical activity, lifestyle and sepsis.
Commenting on the issue, Royal College of General Practitioners chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard suggested that the programme will be extremely beneficial in plugging some of the gulfs in knowledge throughout the NHS’ GP stock.
“GPs are expert medical generalists, which means we have to be knowledgeable about all disease and illness affecting the “whole” body, mental as well as physical. We are also under extreme pressure and time-poor. That’s why the college’s clinical priorities programme focuses on providing frontline GPs with the support tools and educational resources we need in the day-to-day care of our patients.”
The college’s clinical innovation and research centre is currently working with charities and NHS organisations to produce its guidance.
Stokes-Lampard became Chair of the Royal College of GPs on 19 November 2016 after a varied medical career.
She continues to conduct clinical duties one day a week at the Cloisters Medical Practice in Lichfield, Staffordshire, where she is a GP principal.
The Royal College of General Practitioners was founded in 1952 in London, England and is a registered charity.
Its motto is Cum Scientia Caritas – “Compassion [empowered] with Knowledge.”