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Latest Updates

Appraisal and revalidation: RCGP guidelines 2016

Those of you using the Red Whale GPCPD website will have noticed that in April 2016, following updated guidance from the College, we removed the facility to double points for impact. This was one...

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Assertiveness: win friends and influence people!

Assertiveness is a skill which can be learnt and improved through practice. The ability to communicate your own feelings and needs, while taking into account the feelings of others, is key.


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Testicular cancer treatment – a real success story

Most commonly presenting with a testicular lump, testicular cancer can present with back pain or, if metastatic, with cough or headache or pain elsewhere. Management in addition to orchidectomy...

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Progesterone-only contraception and VTE risk

Current VTE (on anticoagulation) is UKMEC 2 for all progesterone-only contraception (benefits usually outweigh risks).

Note, however, that for high...

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Promoting folic acid pre-conceptually

Are we using all the opportunities we have to promote folic acid pre-conceptually? Remember also that some groups need to take 5mg folic acid daily which needs to be prescribed.

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Changing the world… one conversation at a time

Regular one-to-ones with those we manage should be a priority. We are also likely to have appraisals with our teams. Have appraisals become formulaic and routine - a one-yearly pointless ritual?...

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Detection of brain tumours in children

A BMJ article reminds us how presentation can be quite varied depending on the age of the child and location of the tumour. Also, that none of the red flag symptoms are highly specific. The most...

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