Busy Blog

There has been lots happening at InnovAiT since my last blog.

Great news that our Spring Podcast is now available. I enjoyed listening to it whilst in the car today! The recommendations from NICE on multimorbidity are discussed which reminded me how crucial we are for our complex and frail patients. In a week where five CCGs have reportedly proposed raising their thresholds for diagnosis of Autism due to service capacity difficulties – it was very topical to hear the discussion on Autism and Asperger’s. I am also delighted to support the STOMP campaign of stopping the over-medication of people with Learning Disabilities which is discussed in more detail in the podcast.

You may have seen the recent National media coverage around GP workload originating from an article in the BJGP supported by the brilliant Professor Chantal Simon. It has helped raise awareness of just how intense it is to be a GP in the current climate. Having positive stories of how hard we are working to do the best by our patients really helps me to feel proud of what we do. It also serves as a useful prompt for me to look at how we are doing within our surgery for capability and work-life balance so that we can continue to offer great care.

We are inviting your contributions for the ‘Difficult Decisions’ Special Edition to be published in August. If you are a keen writer, have something to share or just fancy having a go, you could submit a blog, case study, your top tips or produce your own podcast. We hope to compile an online collection of your thoughts on areas such as Ethical Dilemmas in genetics or perhaps palliative care, how to advise on the best treatment option for a patient – such as a multimorbid patient as discussed in the podcast, or even how best to achieve a good work-life balance – does something always have to give? Take a look at the website for more information – but be quick – the closing date is 30th June.

Our latest Clinical Scenario is also now available. This month’s discusses when your practice staff ask for your medical opinion. See what you would do and join in the discussion…….

Your practice manager, who is a heavy smoker, asks for your advice about a painless lump that she has noticed in her neck. On balance, you decide to agree to an examination and find that there is a firm non-tender swelling of the right submandibular lymph node. Her right tonsil is also enlarged, although she denies any throat pain. At your recommendation, she goes to see her GP, who refers her to the hospital under the 2 week wait.

Suggested points for discussion

  • How would you respond to a member of staff at your practice asking you to provide a medical opinion?
  • What are the ethical arguments for and against giving an informal medical opinion to a work colleague?

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AKT preparation – podcast special

AKT special podcast

Our latest podcast is a joint RCGP and InnovAiT podcast special to help prepare you for the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) exam for MRCGP. Over 35 minutes we hear about successful revision techniques, processes and top tips from trainees, trainers and the RCGP deputy lead for the AKT.

Dr Laura Armitage, an ST2 in Oxford, interviews Dr Rachel Brettell, an ST2 in the Thames Valley, about revising for and sitting the exam with the extra challenge of being a new mother.
Dr Faraz Mughal, a ST3 in the West Midlands, provides learning points from his recent experience sitting the AKT.
Dr Martin Sutcliffe, an ST2 in Dewsbury, Wakefield and Pontefract VTS, interviews his training programme director, Dr John Featherstone, about his experience of the AKT in preparation for becoming a CSA examiner.

Dr Simon Glew, Brighton GP, interviews Dr Chris Elfes, RCGP deputy lead for the AKT, about how the exam is written and structured, how fairness is maintained across sittings, setting pass rates, what provisions are available for candidates with learning difficulties, the differential pass rate between International and UK graduates and his take on revision courses.

Download it either by searching for and subscribing to “SAGE General Practice” on iTunes, our main podcast page http://ino.sagepub.com/site/Podcast/Podcast.xhtml or stream it directly here.

AKT Special Podcast

AKT special podcast

Our latest podcast is a joint RCGP and InnovAiT podcast special to help prepare you for the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) exam for MRCGP. Over 35 minutes we hear about successful revision techniques, processes and top tips from trainees, trainers and the RCGP deputy lead for the AKT.

Dr Laura Armitage, an ST2 in Oxford, interviews Dr Rachel Brettell, an ST2 in the Thames Valley, about revising for and sitting the exam with the extra challenge of being a new mother.
Dr Faraz Mughal, a ST3 in the West Midlands, provides learning points from his recent experience sitting the AKT.
Dr Martin Sutcliffe, an ST2 in Dewsbury, Wakefield and Pontefract VTS, interviews his training programme director, Dr John Featherstone, about his experience of the AKT in preparation for becoming a CSA examiner.

Dr Simon Glew, Brighton GP, interviews Dr Chris Elfes, RCGP deputy lead for the AKT, about how the exam is written and structured, how fairness is maintained across sittings, setting pass rates, what provisions are available for candidates with learning difficulties, the differential pass rate between International and UK graduates and his take on revision courses.

Download it either by searching for and subscribing to “SAGE General Practice” on iTunes, our main podcast page http://ino.sagepub.com/site/Podcast/Podcast.xhtml or stream it directly here.

AKT – Listen up!

AKT special podcast

Our latest podcast is a joint RCGP and InnovAiT podcast special to help prepare you for the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) exam for MRCGP. Over 35 minutes we hear about successful revision techniques, processes and top tips from trainees, trainers and the RCGP deputy lead for the AKT.

Dr Laura Armitage, an ST2 in Oxford, interviews Dr Rachel Brettell, an ST2 in the Thames Valley, about revising for and sitting the exam with the extra challenge of being a new mother.
Dr Faraz Mughal, a ST3 in the West Midlands, provides learning points from his recent experience sitting the AKT.
Dr Martin Sutcliffe, an ST2 in Dewsbury, Wakefield and Pontefract VTS, interviews his training programme director, Dr John Featherstone, about his experience of the AKT in preparation for becoming a CSA examiner.

Dr Simon Glew, Brighton GP, interviews Dr Chris Elfes, RCGP deputy lead for the AKT, about how the exam is written and structured, how fairness is maintained across sittings, setting pass rates, what provisions are available for candidates with learning difficulties, the differential pass rate between International and UK graduates and his take on revision courses.

Download it either by searching for and subscribing to “SAGE General Practice” on iTunes, our main podcast page http://ino.sagepub.com/site/Podcast/Podcast.xhtml or stream it directly here.

CSA – Podcast Special

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InnovAiT has just released its latest audio podcast. This one is all about the CSA exam and covers everything the GP trainee needs to know.

We have interviewed all of the key players involved, from registrars to the chief examiner, to give you the most rounded set of views possible. Everyone involved includes their top tips to help you pass first time. Its FREE and is accessed by clicking on the image, or alternatvel subscribe to the SAGE General Practice channel on iTunes and download it directly to your portable device.

In this 1 hour 10 minute podcast InnovAiT interviews the RCGP chief examiner, Dr Pauline Foreman, about her aspirations for the CSA, recent changes, the legal challenge by the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the subsequent judicial review, and the cost of the exam. Two trainees, Dr Matt Williams and a colleague from HEKSS deanery, discuss their preparation techniques and their ideas, concerns and expectations before the big day; and later their thoughts after they have sat it whilst awaiting the result, including what they wish they had known beforehand. Dr Sophie Jukes, a CSA examiner, is interviewed by Dr Sadiya Ayaz, about how she became an examiner and what the exam involves from her perspective, including the main traps candidates tend to fall into, so you can avoid them. Finally, Carole Been and George Savvides, two experienced CSA role players, are interviewed by Dr Helen Lawal about the day from the actors’ perspective including their preparation techniques and calibration.

April Podcast

InnovAiT Podcast Number 12 (Volume 7, Issue 4): In this month’s podcast Dr Eugene Tang interviews Dr Beth Hall-Thompson about her article, Travelling to Altitude; Dr Helen Lawal finds out more from Dr Beth Griggs about a fascinating project, The Year of Care Partnership; Dr Clare Gerada, past Chair of the RCGP, speaks to us about her involvement with The Practitioner Health Programme; and the Mental Capacity Act comes under the spotlight.

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March Podcast

March’s Podcast is here!

In this month’s podcast we hear from Dr Sangeetha Sornalingam, who Dr Simon Glew interviews about her journal article “hirsutism”. We have a follow-up interview between Dr John Gillies, Chair of RCGP Scotland and Dr Hannah McCarthy. This time they discuss his career, RCGP Scotland, leadership, training across the United Kingdom, the e-portfolio, what Dr Gillies believes makes a good GP and international health. Finally, Dr Mahomed Saleh interviews Dr Ben Riley, co-author of the RCGP social media Highway Code and lead clinician for the RCGP curriculum about the use and interpretation of the code. News and views is brought to us by Dr Clare Etherington.

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February Podcast

In this month’s podcast, along with News and views and the AKT questions, Dr Elinor Gunning and Dr Emma Richards return, this time with Dr Laura Garnham, to discuss two of the articles in this month’s print journal: management of adult obesity and health needs of the homeless. Dr Beth Chapman discusses depression in the elderly and its management with Dr Sally Thomas and Dr Henry Cameron. Finally, Dr Camille Gajria interviews Dr Andrew Elder, former president of the Balint Society, about what happens in a Balint group, how it all began and how you can get involved.

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January Podcast

PodcastIn the January podcast, along with our regular News and views and AKT question, we focus on oral health. Dr Timothy Crossman, a dentist turned GP trainee, is interviewed by Dr Hilary Nash, a GP trainee about his article in this month’s online journal: The oral manifestations of systemic disease. In separate interviews Timothy discusses points from NICE CG27 ‘referral for suspected cancer’ relevant to oral health and, finally, Timothy interviews Mr Tom Walker, a maxillofacial surgeon from Bristol, about maxillofacial surgery, the conditions that may present to primary care and the overlap with dentistry.

November Podcast

The November Podcast is now live (sorry it’s a bit late).

In this month’s podcast the chair of RCGP Scotland, Dr John Gillies is interviewed about his InnovAiT article “The challenges of generalism” by Edinburgh trainee Dr Hannah McCarthy. Our resident psychiatry trainee, Dr Beth Chapman, interviews Amy Osborne, senior nurse manager for physical health and wellbeing and Dr Ellen Wilkinson, consultant psychiatrist and Medical Director Cornwall Foundation Trust, about the links between physical and mental health along with some of the social issues encountered by people suffering from mental illness. Dr Zalan Alam, a GP in Greater Manchester, interviews GP turned Chief Executive of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Dr Kate Fallon about her career. Finally, News and Views is brought to us by Dr Nazia Hussain.

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