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Welcome News


FRESH PUSH TO BRING BACK GPs


A NEW campaign has been launched to persuade hundreds of doctors to return to general practice. It will highlight government pledges to invest billions in extra funding


and recruit 22,000 health professionals to support GPs and ease workloads. NHS England and Health Education England hope the campaign will


Welcome to your


PROVIDING care to transgender patients is becoming an increasingly common occurrence in practice but it can leave some GPs feeling out of their depth. My article on page 10 offers practical advice on issues such as prescribing, referrals and name changes. From bingo to Bollywood and


bird watching, GPs are being encouraged to prescribe social activities to fight loneliness. But does it work? Find out more on page 4. State-backed indemnity schemes have now been launched in England and Wales – but GPs still need protection from a medical defence organisation like MDDUS. Our article on page 6 explains. Remote patient monitoring is


becoming more popular as healthcare technology improves – but there are risks. On page 7, senior risk adviser Liz Price highlights the importance of


staff training, following agreed protocols and carefully setting alert triggers. Taking his career in an


unexpected direction is GP and stand-up comic Ahmed Kazmi. He talks skinny jeans, burnout, life changes and much more on page 10. For many people, the field of


urology conjures up images of endless consultations about men and their prostates. But this varied specialty offers so much more – and not just for hospital specialists. On page 8, Dr Jon Rees gives his personal take on life as a GP with a special interest in this specialty. Our case study on page 14


follows a morbidly obese man suffering from breathlessness who is denied a GP home visit with tragic results.


• Dr Susan Gibson-Smith Editor


COVER PHOTOGRAPH: JEFF ROBSON/JRLIGHTSCAPER.COM


encourage more doctors to take part in the Induction and Refresher scheme (I&R) which has so far attracted almost 800 applicants since its launch in March 2015. Of these, 279 have fully completed the programme and rejoined the GP workforce in England. The scheme targets doctors who have taken a break from general


practice, whether to retire, raise a family or work abroad or in a different profession. It promises to provide “a safe, supported and direct route for qualified GPs to join or return to NHS general practice in England”, offering financial and practical support. Find out more at: www.gpreturner.nhs.uk


NHS STAFF ENCOURAGED


TO USE EMAIL HEALTH and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock wants the NHS to stop relying on pen and paper and use more secure forms of digital communication such as email instead.


He has outlined an ambition for


healthcare staff to email patients directly with information on appointments to reduce delays, boost cyber security and cut wastage.


The Department of Heath and


Social Care has said that NHS organisations will be able to use any secure email provider – not just NHSMail – if it meets the


required security settings. This is meant to empower NHS bodies to choose the best service for their needs and encourage innovation. The Government has


announced that digital services and IT systems will soon have to meet a clear set of open standards to ensure they can “talk to each other” across organisational boundaries and be continuously upgraded. It has said that any system not meeting these standards will be phased out and contracts ended with the provider. The move is part of Mr


Hancock’s tech vision for the NHS.


EDITOR: Dr Susan Gibson-Smith


MANAGING EDITOR: Joanne Curran


ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Jim Killgore


DESIGN: Connect Communications www.connectmedia.cc


PRINT: GPS Colour www.gpscolour.co.uk


CORRESPONDENCE: GPst Editor MDDUS Mackintosh House 120 Blythswood Street Glasgow G2 4EA


t: e: 0333 043 4444 jcurran@mddus.com w: www.mddus.com


GPst is published by The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland, Registered in Scotland No 5093 at Mackintosh House, 120 Blythswood Street, Glasgow G2 4EA. The MDDUS is not an insurance company. All the benefits of membership of MDDUS are discretionary as set out in the Articles of Association. The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors in GPst are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland.


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