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    What are your views on the changing NHS?

    2021-06-23T10:32:00Z

    The issues of excessive workload and workforce shortages, and their impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of healthcare professionals, have hit the headlines again, with the Health and Social Care Committee stating that workforce burnout is now at an emergency level. 1 Although staff shortages have been a ...

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    Counting the costs of the pandemic

    2021-05-28T09:06:00Z

    As the UK starts to move cautiously towards a more normal existence, some of the after-effects of the pandemic—and its associated lockdowns—remain with us. These include a healthcare workforce that is suffering from burnout and stress, soaring demand for primary care services, record waiting lists for secondary care treatment, and ...

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    A personal reason to read a guideline

    2021-04-29T11:33:00Z

    This month, I’d like to start my editorial with some exciting personal news—I’m having a baby. By the time this issue lands on desks, I will have reached that important 37-week milestone and will be on leave and preparing for the baby’s arrival. I hope to find time to read ...

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    Uncovering the hidden impacts of COVID-19

    2021-03-26T09:28:00Z

    It’s crazy to think that a whole year has passed since the UK went into its first lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. During the early stages of the pandemic, medical efforts were focused on treating the acute viral infection and accompanying severe respiratory disease. Methods for treating the ...

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    How do you keep up to date with your learning?

    2021-02-19T10:04:00Z

    Learning is something we do both actively, through dedicated studying and reflection, and subconsciously, through day-to-day experiences and encountering new challenges. 

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    COVID-19 in 2021: where are we now?

    2021-01-25T09:43:00Z

    Despite high hopes, 2021 has not got off to the best start. The new, more transmissible variant of COVID-19 has pushed the UK back into lockdown.

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    2020: what a year it has been

    2020-12-21T09:58:00Z

    There is no denying that 2020 has been an unusual year. Across professional and personal lives, plans have had to be changed or cancelled—the features list I developed for 2020 at the end of last year was turned on its head as guideline after guideline was delayed, and our focus ...

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    How do you manage routine care alongside COVID-19?

    2020-11-24T09:57:00Z

    Primary care currently has the challenging task of continuing to deliver quality care in all areas, while also manging coronavirus infection risk and adapting to new processes. This issue of Guidelines in Practice includes two articles that focus on clinical guidelines, and two articles that look at the impact ...

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    Guidance, guidance, guidance

    2020-10-28T09:54:00Z

    Here at MGP, guidance is our bread and butter. Through our publications, we aim to disseminate up-to-date information about all the latest clinical guidance to support healthcare professionals with the implementation of best practice. Our flagship event, Guidelines Live , provides healthcare professionals with the opportunity to learn about the ...

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    Unlocking the diagnosis? Clinical history is the key

    2020-09-23T08:16:00Z

    Healthcare professionals have many tools in their arsenal to support diagnosis, but there are few things more important than taking a thorough and accurate history from the patient. Two of the articles in this month’s issue of Guidelines in Practice make reference to the same aphorism: ‘A careful history ...

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    Understanding the wider implications of COVID-19

    2020-07-27T08:17:00Z

    COVID-19 has already caused significant disruption to healthcare so far this year and the wider implications are likely to continue for months (and probably, years) to come. Those working in primary care will be at the forefront of dealing with some of the issues. The mental health of both patients ...

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    Redefining normal: what lies beyond COVID-19?

    2020-06-25T08:43:00Z

    Over the last few months, healthcare has been well and truly disrupted. Screening, routine services, and non‑urgent procedures have been put on hold. However, as more is learnt about the virus, and restrictions are eased or adapted, people are starting to look ahead and consider what will be different in ...

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    Is COVID-19 a catalyst for change?

    2020-05-26T12:15:00Z

    When baseline workload is high it is difficult to proactively take steps to move forwards—something that no doubt many healthcare professionals are familiar with. But certain situations can act as catalysts, increasing the rate at which change takes place. Coronavirus means that we are doing things differently through necessity; to ...

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    Our NHS: now is the time to show our appreciation

    2020-04-30T08:51:00Z

    The impacts of COVID-19 are immeasurable and have affected almost every aspect of day-to-day life—yet just a few months ago it didn’t even exist. At MGP, we are all working remotely—putting this issue of Guidelines in Practice together has presented us with new challenges but the team has responded ...

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    How do you support patients to self-manage chronic conditions?

    2020-03-24T08:53:00Z

    On Wednesday 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared that COVID-19 could be characterised as a pandemic. People with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19, and are among those advised to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures. 1 Patients ...

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    Infection: is it a question of control?

    2020-02-28T17:15:00Z

    Coronavirus disease 2019 , otherwise known as COVID-19, has been a hot topic for the start of 2020. How worried should we be? Are we currently living the opening chapters of a dystopian novel, or is this mainstream media hype? At the time of writing, Public Health England (PHE) reported ...

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    What does it mean to be a specialist generalist?

    2020-01-20T17:09:00Z

    A career in general practice is a demanding one and the skills and attributes required are many and varied. GPs need to demonstrate empathy, compassion, and the ability to motivate others; they need to have good consultation skills, decision-making skills (what tests/examinations are required? Should the patient be referred?), analytical ...

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    What has happened in 2019, and what is in store for 2020?

    2019-12-16T15:43:00Z

    Around this time of year it feels appropriate to stop and think about all that has been achieved over the last 12 months. As always, our priority has been covering new and updated clinical guidance, focusing on the aspects that are relevant to primary care. Throughout 2019, we have examined ...

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    Do you use algorithms to support your decision making?

    2019-11-11T16:19:00Z

    I am not ashamed to say that I love algorithms. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well an algorithm must be worth at least that. Medical algorithms, flow diagrams, decision trees—whatever you choose to call them—are useful tools that can be used to support clinical decision ...

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    Use teachable moments to motivate smokers to quit

    2019-10-14T16:24:00Z

    Stoptober is an annual campaign aimed at helping people with their efforts to give up smoking. Support is available in many forms: smokers who are trying to quit can download the Stoptober app, sign up for daily motivational emails, join an online chat group, get a personalised quit plan, or ...