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PenCLAHRC Senior Research Fellow, Dr Helen Lloyd, has spoken to the BBC about the impacts of a new health care system on GP services in south Somerset.
Rising patient numbers, and the number of patients with multiple chronic health needs, places significant pressure on existing healthcare resources.
The Taunton Deane Symphony Service aims to develop more efficient ways of providing care for people with multiple long-term conditions who frequently visit their GP. It considers what individuals would like to happen with regards to their future care, and works with patients to develop care packages to help health providers better meet those...Read more
Patients with common physical and mental health conditions are being sought by researchers to participate in a trial, which will investigate whether adding a web-based coaching system to the GP exercise referral scheme would lead to an increased uptake of the programme and improve long-term health.
The exercise referral scheme is an established method used by GPs to prescribe exercise to patients with existing medical conditions such as obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis or a history of depression. Evidence suggests that exercise is both physically and mentally beneficial for a patient, but that rates of uptake and ongoing engagement may...Read more
A new editorial in the British Journal of General Practice, led by PenCLAHRC Deputy Director Professor Richard Byng, analyses the GP role in the sickness certification process and the new Fit for Work Scheme and suggests that GPs are key to supporting individuals to maintain the hope and belief that they can work, “rather than adding to the numbers of individuals off work on long term sickness who may have been able to work.”
The Fit for Work Scheme will be introduced in most regions in England and Wales at the end of June 2015. Its aim is to provide additional...Read more