Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter Holidays and Planning Ahead

As the students go on their Easter break (and we have ours soon too) I have just finished giving feedback on 50 or so student group reports (one side of A4) on their community visits to local voluntary groups whilst on placement at Primary Care in Campus to Clinic Years 1 & 2. I am always impressed by the diverse range of visits that the students have chosen to carry out and their reports are usually a pleasure to read. It is also really good that some have chosen to visit homeless projects plus The Real Junk Food Café Projects and the diverse range of visits may help the students to think more holistically about healthcare as well as possibly helping to build links between practices and the third sector which is what voluntary groups are always asking for. I continue to maintain my links with a wide range of voluntary groups in the city and one group I am involved with, Leeds Men's Health & Wellbeing Network, in partnership with The West Indian Community Centre Charitable Trust (WICCCT) and The Al-Khidmat Centre, has just been awarded £25k by North Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group to promote social prescribing and healthy activities amongst diverse men in Leeds LS7. It is also great that the local group WICCCT will lead on this. In the meantime as always we continue to plan for future student sessions and I hope everyone has a really good Easter break as the weather seems to be improving! SO WHAT'S IN THE BMJ THIS WEEK? . Regulator takes action against four online pharmacies. . Half of patients with learning disability miss out on annual health check. . Patients needing urgent GP care could be seen at neighbouring practices under CCG plans. . Free condoms should be targeted at people with high STI risk, says NICE. . Support overseas doctors for first year, says leader of doctors' mental health service. . Canada announces plan to legalise recreational marijuana. . Government "must get tough" on food companies that miss sugar reduction targets. . BMA urges government to grant permanent residence to European doctors working in the UK. READ ALL ABOUT IT! With best wishes, Barry

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