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Editor's Comment

 

Approaching the season of goodwill the image of children writing letters to Santa will be one familiar to all – children are at the forefront of everything at this time of year...and so, in this issue we took the opportunity to speak with GPs and consultant paediatricians at London’s Connecting Care for Children (CC4C) integrated service in London – among them Dr Mando Watson – credited for her outstanding care delivered to Ivan Cameron, the son of former prime minister David, before the six-year-old’s death in 2009. As one of the senior figures involved with the multi-disciplinary collaborative CC4C project Mando explains how it has transformed paediatric healthcare for GPs and consultants alike as well as creating high standards of care for patients. The inspiring story also breaks from the traditional picture of an uneasy relationship between primary and secondary care and was something of a labour of love as sources chatted to our editorial team for over 90 minutes!

 

Elsewhere, the burning issue of recruitment is investigated as we look at how new techniques from regional LMCs are providing solutions to securing the right GP candidate and BMJ Careers and recruitment agencies also share their best advice on page 36. Sticking with the local vibe, on page 22 we look at home visits and explore the advantages of using community teams to manage house bound patients and the use of video-based tech. 

 

With plans for overseas visitors to be charged for GP appointments at the beginning of the next parliament, on page 20 we cast our eye over the potential impact this decision could have on public health and, if premises are more of your thing, we have funding matters and community health (diabetes) covered on pages 28 and page 38 respectively. 

 

We also say farewell – for now – to a much loved and admired guest contributor in this issue as Dr Paul Lambden signs off after an incredible 11 years of sharing his considerable wisdom and knowledge of general practice. For those fearing his absence will lead to much editorial commotion behind the scenes, fear not, as we have managed to find an exceptional replacement – one Dr Clare Lambden – Paul’s daughter. No pressure of course Clare!

 

Have a festive and restful Christmas and we will see you in the new year with more business tips from the primary care arena. 

November/December Practice Business

Fees | Funding | Diabetes

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