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    The yin and yang of COVID-19


    View from the ground, by Dr Gail Allsopp

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    Medical education in the pandemic


    View from the ground, by Dr Emily Tyer and Dr Safian Younas

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    Coronavirus: I am scared


    View from the ground, by Dr Sandesh Gulhane

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    My portfolio journey


    Over the past decade, I have been a salaried GP, a GP partner, and now I work as a portfolio sessional GP. This journey has not been easy, and my job continues to evolve. For some, the thought of undergoing so many changes may cause anxiety; for me, exploring the ...

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    Don’t forget the midwife


    If you were asked to recite a list of primary care team (PCT) members, the list might go something like this: GP, practice nurse, district nurse, health visitor, pharmacist. I cannot help but wonder how many would actually include community midwives in this group? Not many, I suspect. Hopefully after ...

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    Life as a medical parent


    The dreaded call from school. My son had mentioned a bit of a tummy ache that morning, but had eaten breakfast and seemed OK, so I sent him to school and thought nothing more of it. After looking pea-green in assembly he had been sent to the nurse; by mid-morning ...

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    No need to be a hero


    As I write this I am lying in bed feeling awful. Awful as in ill and awful as in guilty, in equal measure. I’m feeling ill because I have gastroenteritis and guilty because it is Monday morning and I should be at work. I should be tackling the post-weekend triage ...

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    Appreciating our colleagues


    I have been musing about how we can get better at retaining staff in primary care; this has largely been because I have found myself as the clinical director of my local primary care network. Now that the dust has settled around filling in various forms, signing agreements, and working ...

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    Patient creativity


    I don’t think you would disagree that life as a GP can feel pretty time-constrained, pressured, and exhausting, so to lighten the mood I thought I might share some amusing anecdotes on patient creativity.

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    Being a portfolio GP


    Next month is the 15th anniversary of the end of my general practice vocational training scheme (GPVTS). If you had asked me then what I would be doing now, the answer would have been clear—after a few years as a salaried GP, I would have become a partner. It was ...

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    The junior doctor contract: a trainee’s perspective


    The junior doctor strikes in 2016 over the new contract brought disruption to many. Like many of my colleagues I participated in what seemed like endless social media activity, protests, and letter writing. Like many, I also became disillusioned with the fight over time. The amount of energy expended seemed ...

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    If the shoe were on the other foot


    View from the ground, by Dr Sarah Merrifield

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    Let’s talk co-sleeping


    Tamsyn Crane When our son was born in January, there was no question about where he would spend his first night in the world, and many nights thereafter. Just like his big sister before him, he sleeps in the crook of my arm ...

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    Giving feedback some feedback


    View from the ground, by Dr Sarah Merrifield

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    The joys of working in a small rural practice


    Dr Chris Musgrave I had a great day at work today. I am a GP. Yes, you have read that correctly. I am one of the lucky GPs who works in a fully staffed practice. There are four GP partners and a ...

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    Fewer strings, more resources, better outcomes


    Dr Jonathan Griffiths It is good to see that the NHS Long Term Plan 1 recognises the importance of general practice and community care. Surely just the phrase, ‘We will boost out-of-hospital care’ must be music to the ears of GPs up ...

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    Straight in at the deep end


    Dr Heather Ryan writes about the challenges she faced when she made the bold move from GP training straight to GP partnership

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    It’s OK to not be OK


    Tamsyn Crane explains how her experiences have affected her mental health, and why self-care is vital to being a healthy healthcare professional.

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    Parkrun and being a GP


    Dr Abbie Brooks writes about getting involved with her local parkrun, and the many benefits of taking part—for patients and practitioners alike.

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    Being an early career GP


    Dr Caroline Begg describes her journey through GP training and how she feels about being an early career GP at the start of a lifelong journey.