General Practice Nurses

NHS Clinical Commissioners welcome a new action plan to support General Practice Nurses.

General Practice – Developing confidence, capability and capacity: A ten point action plan for General Practice Nursing published by NHS England today.  The action plan gives welcome recognition at the national level of the vital role that general practice nurses (GPNs) play in the effective delivery of care for patients.


Clinical Knowledge Summaries

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has launched a new version of the Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) service.  This new CKS service upgrades the existing CKS service and will be openly accessible to users at Clinical Knowledge Summaries.


The service is aimed at primary care practitioners and provides readily accessible summaries of the current evidence base and practical guidance on best practice in respect of over 300 common and/or significant primary care presentations. Additionally, it is also optimised for use on tablets and smart phones.

The service will aim to introduce up to 10 new primary care topics each year, based on published NICE clinical guidelines, together with an update cycle for existing topics. New topics already planned for release in 2013 include anxiety, postnatal care, and pain & bleeding in early pregnancy.

So if you are a practising GP or a doctor training in general practice, you should definitely become familiar with this resource and make use of it on a regular basis.

Website of the Month : The Network of Public Health Observatories

The Network of Public Health Observatories (PHOs) website presents information, data and intelligence on people’s health.  The site is useful to anyone who needs comparative data on national or local health profiles – for business cases, commissioning services, audit or research.

Newly added to the site are the latest 2012 Health Profiles which provide a snapshot of information about the health of people in various District Authorities, or by County.  You can search by place or postcode to get a summary of health information and priorities for public health in any particular area. 

For example it may interest you to know that Bournemouth has a higher than national average rate of hospital stays for self-harm and drug misuse whereas Christchurch has a worse than average rate of smoking in pregnancy and Poole has a higher than average incidence rate of malignant melanoma

The site also contains links to PHO publications including a technical briefings series and profiles on specific health areas such as end of life care, teeenage pregnancy, injury, community mental health and prevalence of diseases.

Website of the Month : Prodigy

Prodigy (formerly known as Clinical Knowledge Summaries – CKS) is a great source for evidence-based information about the diagnosis and management of over 320 clinical conditions. 

Aimed at those working within primary and first contact care it is possible to search for a condition or browse general topic headings to get concise information about what, when and how to deal with a real life clinical scenario which is linked throughout to published guidance.  

For example, selecting the asthma topic presents sections of information covering background information, advice on goals and outcomes, management information based around various scenarios,  drugs & prescribing guidance and patient leaflets.

Prodigy is up-dated monthly and is maintained free of charge by Clarity Informatics Ltd