Practical General Practice is a highly practical manual, specifically designed for use during the consultation process. Containing over 1000 conditions, the unique underlying structure of the book allows the GP to see immediately what treatment is recommended and why. All recommendations are highly specific - giving a firm guide to the GP during the consultation process rather than a list of possibilities that the GP might wish to consider
Published first on BJGPLife.com 15th May 2019
In the last forty years there have been at least fifteen major structural reforms to the NHS. These have frequently been cyclical, rapidly and incoherently implemented, with very little analysis of why each reform has failed to deliver what it was intended to before the next one is begun.
Myself and Dr Euan Lawson published this book in 2017, it was the product of what had felt like quite dire times over the preceding couple of years. The junior doctors had gone on strike for the first time in decades, the Local Medical Committees were discussing a nationwide GP strike, and talk of burnout was everywhere. This was the backdrop to my final year of training as a GP and it was quite daunting to be entering a profession where all the talk was of droves of GPs retiring early, emigrating or leaving medicine for other careers.
Oddly, at that time I felt quite optimistic about my career prospects and approached a publisher about writing a book exploring all the opportunities that a career in general practice afforded. Their reply was typical of the mood at the time – great idea but could you write about burnout instead?
How do you manage daily stresses and could you be suffering from burnout? Dr Euan Lawson and Dr Adam Staten talk about the importance of decision latitude in burnout, physical activity, and mindfulness and the role of digital technologies and the benefits of digital minimalism. We also consider how hobbies can protect us and how essential sleep is. Listen in and find out how to avoid burnout and thrive at work.
This timely aid, filled with 'down to earth' advice, provides invaluable guidance on avoiding burnout and on how to combat it should it occur. The book offers innovative ways to change working practices, shares advice on building protective mechanisms into daily working life and explores the diverse array of career options that are available to doctors
In 1974 a researcher working in Tanzania tracked a group of seven chimpanzees, six males and one female, as they moved swiftly and silently through the jungle. They ignored the calls of another group of chimpanzees in the neighbouring territory and stalked towards the border dividing their territory from that of their neighbours.
In his seminal book about managing relationships, How to win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie asserted that you can never win an argument. What he meant by this is, whilst you may win the point, the person with whom you’ve argued will resent you for it and, particularly with reference to working relationships, you will lose out in the long run. In the cold light of day this seems rational, even obvious, but holding onto this thought in the heat of conflict and acting accordingly is easier said than done.
‘Thank you for making that cup of tea, it really made a difference to me’; ‘I really noticed how you took the time to explain something to that family’; ‘I’m so grateful to have you as a colleague’; ‘that was a really good piece of work, well done’.
Guest Blogger Dr Fiona Day explores the role of positive psychological strokes in happiness at the workplace.
The philosophical and political aim of increasing the happiness of the population is not new; Aristotle wrote about it over 2000 years ago and the pursuit of happiness was enshrined in the constitutions of both post-independence America and post-revolutionary France in the 18th Century. However, what is more novel is the development of specific policies and governmentally sponsored institutions geared towards achieving this aim.