TO F.O.B OR NOT TO F.O.B…. THAT IS THE QUESTION by Dr Ishani Patel
Education and CPD

TO F.O.B OR NOT TO F.O.B…. THAT IS THE QUESTION by Dr Ishani Patel


The use of FOBT (guaiac method) has been recommended in the NICE guidelines NG12 Suspected cancer: recognition and referral published in June earlier this year. Offer testing for occult blood in faeces to assess for colorectal cancer in adults without rectal bleeding who: are aged 50 and over with unexplained abdominal pain or weight loss, … Continue reading

A practical guide for the budding undergraduate teacher
Getting work

A practical guide for the budding undergraduate teacher


GP Liza Kirtchuk gives her personal view on how you can get involved with undergraduate training Whilst GP partners might have well-established teaching arrangements, sessional and salaried GPs can face barriers when exploring their options for undergraduate teaching. Below are a few case studies demonstrating how sessional GPs can get involved. The salaried GP Simon … Continue reading

Doctors in the spotlight / Mindfulness and burnout / Work life balance

Worker Drones: Have We Been Institutionalised by the NHS?


Blog post by GP Nick Marotta The NHS is a powerful brand. It symbolises everyone pulling together and looking after one another; going the extra mile. A kind of Blitz spirit prevails. This “we’re all in it together” attitude institutionalised many staff to accept deteriorating pay and  conditions in a belief that it’s for the … Continue reading

Cardiology: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants
Clinical

Cardiology: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants


Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are novel direct-acting medications that are selective for one specific coagulation factor, either thrombin (IIa) or activated factor X (Xa).  NOACs have now been integrated into CCG formularies for GPs to prescribe as part of a shared care agreement with a cardiologist/haematologist since NICE approved — specifically — rivaroxaban, dabigatran, and apixaban for use in the … Continue reading