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We Love Our GPs

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We Love Our GPs

There has been much talk in recent years about a GP crisis in the UK. There are simply not enough GPs; numbers are falling in real terms, while the number of patients, and the complexity of their needs, are increasing. The result is that GPs are demotivated, overstretched and underappreciated.

At Red Whale, we have always taken pride in supporting individual GPs, but now we want to do more to support the whole profession that we are so passionate about.

Our We Love Our GPs campaign is about not only celebrating the vital role of GPs and primary care, but also about making sure that GPs' voices and concerns are heard, listened to, and acted upon.

Diagnosing the GP crisis: voices from the front line of primary care

At the heart of our campaign is our white paper, based on our survey of over 1000 GPs across the UK.

The survey highlights what we, and the majority of those working on the frontlines of general practice have known for some time: the impact of unmanageable workloads has reached a critical point. This is having an effect on retaining and recruiting GPs, and on GPs' wellbeing and ability to perform their duty safely.

Our white paper puts our core findings into context, using data from other reports and surveys, together with the views and experiences of working GPs. It provides the Government, the RCGP, CCGs, NHS England and other decision-making bodies with feedback 'from the front line' - backed up by all the relevant figures.

We are listening to what GPs are saying, and we want those decision makers to listen too, before it's too late.

What Can I Do?

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If you're a GP or medical professional, get your voice heard by signing your support for our campaign now.

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Resources for GPs

Here at Red Whale we want to make things easy for busy GPs. So as well as campaigning for better recognition of the vital role of primary care, and acting as an amplifier for GP voices on the issues that matter, we are also offering GPs a range of downloadable resources.

Locum Essentials: the Red Whale Guide

UPDATED FOR 2017! Are you a Locum, or considering becoming one? This easy reference guide brings together all the administrative and surgery essentials you need.

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Waiting Room Posters

Get the positive message across to help ease your workload. Save this PDF to your desktop, and tailor the posters' figures to suit your practice using Adobe Reader.

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Red Whale Course Discount Codes

Get £15 off any of our Lead. Manage. Thrive! courses throughout 2018.

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BLOG - How Not To Over Complicate The Revalidation Process

Dr Steve Pratt has 6 essential steps to ensure a smooth and successful revalidation process.

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Health At A Glance Report 2017

Great stuff is happening in the NHS and primary care, and our summary highlights some of the positive trends from the UK Healthcare sector. Published in the OECD Health At A Glance report 2017.

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What you need to know - Statin initiations and Qrisk scores.

Essential take home messages and the full BJGP article.

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Are we rediscovering the roots of primary care?

GP failure or effective shared decision making for statins?

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Suggested Patient Travel Letter - for patients wanting to take medication abroad

Download a suggested letter template for your patients who need to travel with medication.

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Scarlet fever on the rise

Remind yourself of the differential diagnoses and management guidance with our summary and take home messages

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Flu Treatment - When to reach for the Tamiflu?

Our summary of when to consider antiviral treatments in adults with flu, which ones to use, and whether or not they work!

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Bariatric Surgery

More and more patients are choosing bariatric surgery to manage obesity, and we already have good evidence of the effectiveness of surgery at reducing risk of diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidaemia in the short term.

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Antibiotics or NSAIDs...for uncomplicated urinary tract infection?

UTIs are a common problem in primary care. Internationally they are second only to respiratory tract infection as a trigger for use of antibiotics. Safe strategies to reduce antibiotic prescribing are needed.

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The Red Whale Top 10 Articles from 2017!

We’ve put our heads together and compiled our most useful, interesting or practice changing papers and articles from 2017.

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PPI’s and stomach cancer risk, what do we need to know?

‘Acid reflux drug linked to more than doubled risk of stomach cancer (Guardian, Oct 31st 2017)’. This story is likely to cause worries for our patients, and highlights an important drug dilemma for primary care prescribers.

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Travelling with medication

Many practices offer travel clinics, often as a private service run by practice nurses, so what advice, if any, should we be giving to our patients about this issue?

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Cervical screening programme update

Theresa May has agreed to consider a review of the UK cervical screening programme in response to concerns that the test should be offered to younger women.

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HPV Vaccine reduces the need for smear tests

Some good news for General Practice – the Cervical Screening Programme we deliver does a good job of reducing cervical cancer risk for women in the UK!

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Diabetes and Very Low Calorie Diets - part one

Very low calorie diets in the management of diabetes were the subject of a recent trial in the UK and made lots of headlines shortly before Christmas, with dramatic quotes such as "I beat diabetes with 200 KCal drinks" – BBC news Dec 5th 2017.

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Ketogenic diet and Type 2 Diabetes - part two

In the second of our articles focussing on diet in Type 2 diabetes we are going to look at low carbohydrate ketogenic diets, (LCKD) and their role in Diabetes Management.

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Iron Supplement Lancet Study

How effective is the 'take what you can' strategy when it comes to iron supplementation? Lancet finds out...

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Using triptans and SSRIs together

How big is the risk of ‘serotonin syndrome’ really?

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One of our delegates asked which anti-hypertensives were best to use in gout and sent us searching through the archives to find out- your wish is our command!

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PIP Appeal Letter

Just one of the many frustrating extras added to the workload of the average GP. Check out our three PIP top tips to make your life easier.

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Using caffeine to get you through? Great News- you could be protecting your health!

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Strokes. Migraine. AF and CKD

“Average age of first stroke in England falls, figures show.” BBC 1st Feb 2018.

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Dying Matters Week

May 14-20th is Dying Maters awareness week. Encouraging people to talk about their wishes towards the end of their lives, can help people to have a ‘good’ death, and comfort relatives after death.

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Post Op Thromboprophylaxis

We have been considering common primary care issues after joint replacement surgery on our Spring courses. We were surprised that a BMJ article suggested that for thromboprophylaxis, LMWH, DOACs or aspirin might be valid options.

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Ockham Healthcare Podcast - Developing GP Leaders

Our very own author, presenter and course director, Rachel Morris, talks to Ben about the need for leadership skills training and resilience tactics for General Practice.

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Nipple Thrush

Remind parents that all feeding equipment & dummies should be sterilised to prevent reinfection. Breastmilk should not be frozen at the time of a thrush infection, as it survives at cold temperatures & both mother & baby will be re-infected again when it is used.

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Diabetes Risk Calculator Updated for 2018

2018 sees the release of an updated QDiabetes risk calculator to estimate 10-year risk for Type 2 diabetes. This made the headlines in…wait for it…NONE of the UK papers, but we think it is interesting for us in primary care. It will be embedded into EMIS in due course.

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"BCG vaccine can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels"

This is what The Telegraph said this month. Sounds too good to be true? We are here to tell you about the science behind the sensation…

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Genitourinary Syndrome of the Menopause Drug Dilemma

Affecting up to 50% of women and tends to become apparent 4-5 years after the menopause.

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Fit Notes

Fit notes were introduced in 2010 to improve communication between health professionals, patients and their employers about the functional impacts of patient’s health conditions. Here are our top ten facts.

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New menopause drugs cuts hot flushes by 75% in just 3 days!

An alternative to HRT would be welcomed with open arms by women suffering from menopausal symptoms but unable or unwilling to take hormonal treatments, and this study had a very positive reception in the papers and on the radio.

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Weight loss as a predictor of cancer

As primary care clinicians, unexplained weight loss can be a challenging symptom, especially if it occurs in isolation. It can be an indicator of cancer, but also many non-cancer conditions.

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Migraine and Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Migraine known to be associated with increased risk ischaemic CVD, new study points to increased risk most cardiovascular disease including MI, haemorrhagic stroke, VTE & AF

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Steam treatment for big prostates approved on NHS

In August 2018 NICE issued a technology briefing approving a new treatment for treatment of BPH: transurethral water vapour ablation.

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Penicillin Allergy

1/3 of adults in the UK are labelled with a drug allergy, most commonly penicillin. Most patients with a documented allergy are in fact not allergic – up to 95% in some studies. What should we do when presented with a possible penicillin drug reaction in primary care?

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The Benefits of Exercise!

We nag our patients, and feel guilty ourselves, about exercise. We know it is important. But what is the right exercise, and how much is enough?

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Should we use tamsulosin to manage renal colic?

The gritty problem of the role of alpha-blockers in managing renal stones seems to come back around again like waves of colicky pain, year after year.

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Vaginal Mesh Update

An independent Government enquiry in June 2018 has ruled that all surgery using vaginal mesh should be stopped immediately in England, pending further research into the safety of the devices.

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6 things to do with your GP Update handbook

You could read your GP Update handbook through cover to cover – yes, we know this will take a very long time and, whilst we are in favour of non-drug treatments for insomnia – we think the stuff in the book is too good to digest in one sitting. Here's a few interactive ideas!

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Media resources

For all press enquiries about the 'We Love Our GPs' campaign, please email us or call 0118 960 7077.

Case Studies

GPs give us the inside scoop on their experiences of unmanageable workloads.

More case studies to come shortly...

Who We Are

Red Whale is one of the leading providers of primary care medical education in the UK, with over 13,000 primary care practitioners attending our courses each year. All our courses are evidence-based, relevant to everyday practice, and full of action points that delegates can take away and implement immediately. We are proud to say we take NO money whatsoever from the pharmaceutical industry. We tell it like it is, not how big pharma would like you to hear it!

If you want to ask any questions about the campaign, make suggestions or just say hello, contact us on 0118 960 7077 or email