We know the traditional 10-minute consultation is increasingly unfit for purpose, when the number of our patients who are presenting with multiple morbidities is soaring.
Recent analysis by the RCGP/UK shows that over the next decade, there will be over 1m more patients living with potentially life-threatening diseases . With the smallest share of the NHS budget going to general practice, and increasingly complex workloads, we need to think differently – and innovation is crucial if we are to continue to improve the care we give to our patients. Everything that has ever been invented, every medical breakthrough that has been achieved, is because someone, somewhere, wanted to make a difference.But at a time when we are facing unprecedented pressures in the ‘day job’ of delivering frontline patient care, where do we find the time or, indeed, the energy to be ‘innovative’?Great ideas to revolutionise general practice are more likely to result from trying to make our daily lives in surgery simpler and more effective – that ‘lightbulb’ moment rather than the ‘Eureka’ effect.
The RCGP has launched a new ‘Bright Ideas’ portal, where GPs can share examples of innovative work, explains the college’s chair.