We (the TPDs) attended a meeting hosted by the Deanery regarding the topic of leadership as part of the GP training.  A number of questions were raised: what is leadership, why should we be looking at leadership and how are we/could we incorporate leadership into our training programmes?  The deanery has been looking at leadership in detail over recent months and now have webpage with useful tips and links.  There was a general concensus that we do not always recognise that what we are teaching on the half day release is indeed related to leadership.  It was also apparent, after listening to the First5 GPs who spoke at the meeting, that very few of us think that we are “leaders” – even though as part of our day to day job as GPs we need numerous leadership skills in order to function effectively.


There is no way of doing justice to the topic of leadership in such a short post, however, if you are interested and wanted to find out more there a number of websites which are worth checking out such as the NHS Leadership Academy, the RCGP and the London Leadership Academy toolkit.



Prescription and Over the Counter Medication Addiction

Addiction to prescription medication and over the counter medicines has a significant effect on patients’ lives and can present a challenging clinical scenario for GPs.  Although it is not always as obvious as other forms of addiction, for example, to illegal drugs such as heroin or cocaine, it probably affects much larger numbers of patients.  There are two links to Radio 4 programmes which are both very interesting.


The first programme focuses on the role of the GP – I will leave it to you decide whether or not it accurately reflects what we as GPs are really thinking and doing.  The second programme looks at how over the counter medications can lead to very severe addiction problems.  If you are looking for practical, hands-on clinical advice the RCGP have a section on their website dedicated to the above problems – see the factsheets at the bottom of the page.