Please register to access the Learning Network
This online Learning Network provides members with information and support around Quality Improvement (QI), an evidence-based approach that helps primary care free up time to deliver and evaluate initiatives, and embed new approaches more effectively and efficiently into practice.
QI helps us to make the most of our systems, organisations, talents and expertise to deliver better outcomes for patients.
Members have access to useful resources and case studies as well as opportunities to share learning from their experiences and make useful links with others interested in QI.
Whether you have been undertaking QI work for a while or just want to find out more, this network can support you in your journey and connect you to colleagues across the country who are working in innovative ways.
Membership is open to people working in GP practices and other organisations that support them. Register now to become a member of the Learning Network.
This network has been developed as part of the Royal College of General Practice’s Quality Improvement programme, led by two Clinical Lead’s Dr Mike Holmes and Dr Simon Stockill. If you have any questions about the programme please get in touch with the team at QI.Ready@rcgp.org.uk.
RCGP RSS News FeedBetter GP access to diagnostic tests and more people across the NHS needed to improve cancer care, says RCGP
Responding to a new study from Cancer Research UK, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "GPs are doing a good job of referring patients we suspect of having cancer in a timely way. Research shows that nearly 80% of all cancer cases are now referred after only one or two consultations – and this is happening despite the widely acknowledged workload crisis in general practice.
"GPs have to balance the risk of not referring a patient with that of over-referring, which can cause unnecessary concern for patients and risks overloading specialist services. It's a decision that is exacerbated as many symptoms of cancer are vague and often likely to be other, more common conditions. The College has been calling for many years for GPs to have better access to diagnostic tests in the community – and the appropriate training to use them - so that our decisions to refer can be better informed, and in turn ease pressures elsewhere in the health service.
"Steps should undoubtedly be taken to reduce avoidable delays in cancer diagnosis – and lessons should be learnt from this study, which very clearly shows that the main problem is not having enough people, right across the system, to do what needs to be done to ensure patients receive the care they need when they need it.
"Cancer is an enduring priority for the Royal College of GPs and we have worked with Cancer Research UK and others to develop resources to support GPs and their teams in the timely diagnosis of cancer."