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Join doctors Sara and Lisa as they interview specialists from around Greater Manchester with the aim of improving the confidence and knowledge of local primary care clinicians. The podcast has been made possible due to the support of Wigan CCG and GP Excellence in Greater Manchester.

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Join doctors Sara and Lisa as they interview specialists from around Greater Manchester with the aim of improving the confidence and knowledge of local primary care clinicians. The podcast has been made possible due to the support of Wigan CCG and GP Excellence in Greater Manchester.

    How General Practice is funded

    How General Practice is funded

    Doctors Lisa and Sara talk to Dr Tim Dalton, a GP in Wigan, and Chair of the Greater Manchester GP Provider Board. The focus of today’s episode is all about how general practice is funded. They cover how it is different from other NHS settings, the sources of income in general practice and the flow of money through the system, DES’, LES’ and QOF, the place of PCNs and Federations, as well as talking about different types of GP contracts and what these mean. To note: this was recorded in March 2024, just before the new contract details were released and so doesn't contain the specifics of the new contract.
    Useful resources: 

    The Kings Fund: GP funding and contract explained: https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/gp-funding-and-contracts-explained


    NHS England: GP Contract: https://www.england.nhs.uk/long-read/gp-contract/

    GPOnline Talking General Practice Podcast, Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer on the GP contract and the fight for a better deal: https://www.gponline.com/podcast-dr-katie-bramall-stainer-gp-contract-fight-better-deal/article/1865234
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    Email us at: primarycarepodcasts@gmail.com
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    This podcast has been made with the support of GP Excellence and Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board. Given that it is recorded with Greater Manchester clinicians, the information discussed may not be applicable elsewhere and it is important to consult local guidelines before making any treatment decisions. 
    The information presented is the personal opinion of the healthcare professional interviewed and might not be representative to all clinicians. It is based on their interpretation of current best practice and guidelines when the episode was recorded. Guidelines can change; To the best of our knowledge the information in this episode is up to date as of it’s release but it is the listeners responsibility to review the information and make sure it is still up to date when they listen.
    Dr Lisa Adams, Dr Sara MacDermott and their interviewees are not liable for any advice, investigations, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or products listeners might pursue as a result of listening to this podcast - it is the clinicians responsibility to appraise the information given and review local and national guidelines before making treatment decisions. Reliance on information provided in this podcast is solely at the listeners risk.
    The podcast is designed to be used by trained healthcare professionals for education only. We do not recommend these for patients or the general public and they are not to be used as a method of diagnosis, opinion, treatment or medical advice for the general public. Do not delay seeking medical advice based on the information contained in this podcast. If you have questions regarding your health or feel you may have a medical condition then promptly seek the opinion of a trained healthcare professional.

    • 34 min
    Non-Clinical Passports: cultivating non-clinical expertise in General Practice

    Non-Clinical Passports: cultivating non-clinical expertise in General Practice

    Doctors Lisa and Sara are joined this week by Satty Boyes (Senior programme manager) and  Lorna Laflin (Previous Practice Manager who works with the GP Excellence team). They discuss a new platform in Greater Manchester for the non-clinical workforce within General Practice, which allows staff to explore progression pathways,  track their professional progress, and access learning opportunities all in one place. 
    Some quotes from those who have accessed the platform already: 
    “I think this is an absolutely wonderful tool and wish that there had been something like this available when I first started my career with the NHS. Easy to use and lots of really useful information. I would be really inclined to push some of my administration staff to enrol for the passport to develop their skill-set. A wonderful piece of work. Well done to the team for pulling this all together.” “Useful for everyone to understand that career progression pathways ARE available if they wish to progress. Very useful to see standardised Job Descriptions and training pathways all in one place.”
    Useful resources: 

    Greater Manchester Non-Clinical Workforce Programme: https://gmprimarycare.org.uk/primary-care-passport/non-clinical-workforce-programme/

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    We really want to make these episodes relevant and helpful: if you have any questions or want any particular areas covered then contact us on Twitter @PCKBpodcast, or leave a comment on our quick anonymous survey here: https://pckb.org/feedback
    Email us at: primarycarepodcasts@gmail.com
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    This podcast has been made with the support of GP Excellence and Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board. Given that it is recorded with Greater Manchester clinicians, the information discussed may not be applicable elsewhere and it is important to consult local guidelines before making any treatment decisions. 
    The information presented is the personal opinion of the healthcare professional interviewed and might not be representative to all clinicians. It is based on their interpretation of current best practice and guidelines when the episode was recorded. Guidelines can change; To the best of our knowledge the information in this episode is up to date as of it’s release but it is the listeners responsibility to review the information and make sure it is still up to date when they listen.
    Dr Lisa Adams, Dr Sara MacDermott and their interviewees are not liable for any advice, investigations, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or products listeners might pursue as a result of listening to this podcast - it is the clinicians responsibility to appraise the information given and review local and national guidelines before making treatment decisions. Reliance on information provided in this podcast is solely at the listeners risk.
    The podcast is designed to be used by trained healthcare professionals for education only. We do not recommend these for patients or the general public and they are not to be used as a method of diagnosis, opinion, treatment or medical advice for the general public. Do not delay seeking medical advice based on the information contained in this podcast. If you have questions regarding your health or feel you may have a medical condition then promptly seek the opinion of a trained healthcare professional.

    • 27 min
    Anticipatory Prescribing in Primary Care

    Anticipatory Prescribing in Primary Care

    Doctors Lisa and Sara talk to Specialty Doctor Caitriona MacDermott about anticipatory prescribing for Palliative patients. An area where there has been much learning over the last several years, it is a good opportunity to get some teaching on why this is the case, the stages involved in recognition and addressing symptoms at the end of life, the need for regular reviews in terms of the potential for change and her advice on how she opens up conversations around future needs, death and symptom control. 
    You can use these podcasts as part of your CPD - we don’t do certificates but they still count :)
    Useful resources: 
    Greater Manchester Palliative Care Symptom Control Guidelines for Adults (2019): https://www.england.nhs.uk/north-west/wp-content/uploads/sites/48/2020/01/Palliative-Care-Pain-and-Symptom-Control-Guidelines.pdf
    NICE Guidelines related to caring for Adults at the End of Life: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng142
    The Gosport Independent Panel Report: https://www.gosportpanel.independent.gov.uk/
    RCGP End of life and palliative care toolkit: https://elearning.rcgp.org.uk/mod/book/tool/print/index.php?id=12529&chapterid=272
    Compassion in Dying Information on Do Not Resuscitate Forms and CPR decisions for Patients: https://compassionindying.org.uk/how-we-can-help/do-not-resuscitate-dnr-forms-and-cpr-decisions/
    British Journal of General Practice: The Liverpool Care Pathway for the dying, what went wrong? Knights D, Wood D, Barclay S (2013: 63): https://bjgp.org/content/63/615/509/tab-article-info
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    We really want to make these episodes relevant and helpful: if you have any questions or want any particular areas covered then contact us on Twitter @PCKBpodcast, or leave a comment on our quick anonymous survey here: https://pckb.org/feedback
    Email us at: primarycarepodcasts@gmail.com
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    This podcast has been made with the support of GP Excellence and Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board. Given that it is recorded with Greater Manchester clinicians, the information discussed may not be applicable elsewhere and it is important to consult local guidelines before making any treatment decisions. 
    The information presented is the personal opinion of the healthcare professional interviewed and might not be representative to all clinicians. It is based on their interpretation of current best practice and guidelines when the episode was recorded. Guidelines can change; To the best of our knowledge the information in this episode is up to date as of it’s release but it is the listeners responsibility to review the information and make sure it is still up to date when they listen.
    Dr Lisa Adams, Dr Sara MacDermott and their interviewees are not liable for any advice, investigations, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or products listeners might pursue as a result of listening to this podcast - it is the clinicians responsibility to appraise the information given and review local and national guidelines before making treatment decisions. Reliance on information provided in this podcast is solely at the listeners risk.
    The podcast is designed to be used by trained healthcare professionals for education only. We do not recommend these for patients or the general public and they are not to be used as a method of diagnosis, opinion, treatment or medical advice for the general public. Do not delay seeking medical advice based on the information contained in this podcast. If you have questions regarding your health or feel you may have a medical condition then promptly seek the opinion of a trained healthcare professional.

    • 35 min
    MSK Mini-Series: Knee Pain

    MSK Mini-Series: Knee Pain

    This is the third episode in our MSK mini-series. Doctors Lisa and Sara speak to Tom Smith and Charlotte Barker again, who are First Contact Practitioners in Wigan. The focus of this chat is shoulder pain - using a hypothetical case to discuss important history points, red flags, useful examination tips, differential diagnoses and further assessment options.
    You can use these podcasts as part of your CPD - we don’t do certificates but they still count :)
    Useful resources: 

    Escape Pain: https://escape-pain.org/


    Be Well Wigan: https://www.wigan.gov.uk/BeWell/index.aspx


    Versus Arthritis: https://versusarthritis.org/


    Age UK: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/conditions-illnesses/arthritis/


    NICE CKS Guidelines for Knee Pain: https://cks.nice.org.uk/topics/knee-pain-assessment/


    NICE Osteoarthritis Guideline (NG226): https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng226


    NHS Decision Making Tool for Knee Osteoarthritis: https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/decision-support-tool-making-a-decision-about-knee-osteoarthritis/ 


    Patient Exercise Options: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/

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    We really want to make these episodes relevant and helpful: if you have any questions or want any particular areas covered then contact us on Twitter @PCKBpodcast, or leave a comment on our quick anonymous survey here: https://pckb.org/feedback
    Email us at: primarycarepodcasts@gmail.com
    ___
    This podcast has been made with the support of GP Excellence and Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board. Given that it is recorded with Greater Manchester clinicians, the information discussed may not be applicable elsewhere and it is important to consult local guidelines before making any treatment decisions. 
    The information presented is the personal opinion of the healthcare professional interviewed and might not be representative to all clinicians. It is based on their interpretation of current best practice and guidelines when the episode was recorded. Guidelines can change; To the best of our knowledge the information in this episode is up to date as of it’s release but it is the listeners responsibility to review the information and make sure it is still up to date when they listen.
    Dr Lisa Adams, Dr Sara MacDermott and their interviewees are not liable for any advice, investigations, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or products listeners might pursue as a result of listening to this podcast - it is the clinicians responsibility to appraise the information given and review local and national guidelines before making treatment decisions. Reliance on information provided in this podcast is solely at the listeners risk.
    The podcast is designed to be used by trained healthcare professionals for education only. We do not recommend these for patients or the general public and they are not to be used as a method of diagnosis, opinion, treatment or medical advice for the general public. Do not delay seeking medical advice based on the information contained in this podcast. If you have questions regarding your health or feel you may have a medical condition then promptly seek the opinion of a trained healthcare professional.

    • 26 min
    MSK Mini-Series: Shoulder Pain

    MSK Mini-Series: Shoulder Pain

    This is the second episode in our MSK mini-series. Doctors Lisa and Sara speak to Tom Smith and Charlotte Barker again, who are First Contact Practitioners in Wigan. The focus of this chat is shoulder pain - using a hypothetical case to discuss important history points, red flags, useful examination tips, differential diagnoses and further assessment options.
    You can use these podcasts as part of your CPD - we don’t do certificates but they still count :)
    Useful resources: 

    British Elbow and Shoulder Society guidelines: https://bess.ac.uk/national-guidelines/


    British Elbow and Shoulder Society pathways: https://bess.ac.uk/patient-care-pathways-and-guidelines/


    ShoulderDoc: https://www.shoulderdoc.co.uk/


    Patient Exercise Options: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/

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    We really want to make these episodes relevant and helpful: if you have any questions or want any particular areas covered then contact us on Twitter @PCKBpodcast, or leave a comment on our quick anonymous survey here: https://pckb.org/feedback
    Email us at: primarycarepodcasts@gmail.com
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    This podcast has been made with the support of GP Excellence and Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board. Given that it is recorded with Greater Manchester clinicians, the information discussed may not be applicable elsewhere and it is important to consult local guidelines before making any treatment decisions. 
    The information presented is the personal opinion of the healthcare professional interviewed and might not be representative to all clinicians. It is based on their interpretation of current best practice and guidelines when the episode was recorded. Guidelines can change; To the best of our knowledge the information in this episode is up to date as of it’s release but it is the listeners responsibility to review the information and make sure it is still up to date when they listen.
    Dr Lisa Adams, Dr Sara MacDermott and their interviewees are not liable for any advice, investigations, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or products listeners might pursue as a result of listening to this podcast - it is the clinicians responsibility to appraise the information given and review local and national guidelines before making treatment decisions. Reliance on information provided in this podcast is solely at the listeners risk.
    The podcast is designed to be used by trained healthcare professionals for education only. We do not recommend these for patients or the general public and they are not to be used as a method of diagnosis, opinion, treatment or medical advice for the general public. Do not delay seeking medical advice based on the information contained in this podcast. If you have questions regarding your health or feel you may have a medical condition then promptly seek the opinion of a trained healthcare professional.

    • 23 min
    MSK Mini-Series: Back Pain

    MSK Mini-Series: Back Pain

    This is the first episode in a three part MSK mini-series, which aims to briefly capture important features in history, examination and further investigations of common joint presentations. Doctors Sara and Lisa speak to Tom Smith and Charlotte Barker who are First Contact Physiotherapists in Wigan. Back pain is the focus of this episode, with a fictional case used to chat through history, examination, red flags and further assessment of this very common primary care topic.
    You can use these podcasts as part of your CPD - we don’t do certificates but they still count :)
    Useful resources: 

    Getting it right first time (GIRFT): https://gettingitrightfirsttime.co.uk/interactive-pathway-to-help-diagnose-and-treat-cauda-equina-syndrome-without-delay-is-now-live/


    National Spine Network, National Back Pain and Radicular Pain Pathway: https://www.nationalspinenetwork.co.uk/National-Back-Pain-and-Radicular-Pain-Pathway 


    MACP cauda equina information cards: https://www.macpweb.org/learning-resources/cauda-equina-information-cards.aspx


    NICE guidelines for back pain and sciatica: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng59


    International Framework for Red Flags for Potential Serious Spinal Pathologies - Finucane et al 2020: https://www.jospt.org/doi/epdf/10.2519/jospt.2020.9971


    Patient Exercise Options: https://www.southtees.nhs.uk/services/back-pain/backtracks/my-backtracks-playlist/


    Patient Exercise Options: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/

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    We really want to make these episodes relevant and helpful: if you have any questions or want any particular areas covered then contact us on Twitter @PCKBpodcast, or leave a comment on our quick anonymous survey here: https://pckb.org/feedback
    Email us at: primarycarepodcasts@gmail.com
    ___
    This podcast has been made with the support of GP Excellence and Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board. Given that it is recorded with Greater Manchester clinicians, the information discussed may not be applicable elsewhere and it is important to consult local guidelines before making any treatment decisions. 
    The information presented is the personal opinion of the healthcare professional interviewed and might not be representative to all clinicians. It is based on their interpretation of current best practice and guidelines when the episode was recorded. Guidelines can change; To the best of our knowledge the information in this episode is up to date as of it’s release but it is the listeners responsibility to review the information and make sure it is still up to date when they listen.
    Dr Lisa Adams, Dr Sara MacDermott and their interviewees are not liable for any advice, investigations, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or products listeners might pursue as a result of listening to this podcast - it is the clinicians responsibility to appraise the information given and review local and national guidelines before making treatment decisions. Reliance on information provided in this podcast is solely at the listeners risk.
    The podcast is designed to be used by trained healthcare professionals for education only. We do not recommend these for patients or the general public and they are not to be used as a method of diagnosis, opinion, treatment or medical advice for the general public. Do not delay seeking medical advice based on the information contained in this podcast. If you have questions regarding your health or feel you may have a medical condition then promptly seek the opinion of a trained healthcare professional.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
220 Ratings

220 Ratings

DrPaul Gp ,

Highly educational

Even for GPs as far as Scotland as I am, this podcast is relevant and well planned and executed.
Really useful show notes as well.
The case study approach is very helpful too

SKinNorth ,

Love this podcast series

I used this series when revising for my GP exams and now listen regularly as a GP partner. I frequently go back to the podcasts on Eczema and Psoriasis as so many helpful prescribing tips and share with trainees. I find these so easy to listen to in the car on the way to and home from work. I also recommend the fibro podcast which also really changed how I approach those consultations.

Readla ,

Best podcast for GP’s

I am a gpst3 and have been listening to these for the last couple of years, I can do ‘revision runs’ and they keep me engaged, teach me a lot and make me laugh at times. The BEST episode is on eczema, I admit I’ve listened to it about five times and I feel my eczema consultations are some of my strongest thanks to this episode, it’s even improved my little boys eczema!! I recommend it to everyone! Thanks for the podcast!

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