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Primary care transformed due to ‘collective urgency’

8 June 2020

I am a GP partner at Brownlow Health, which has four practices in Liverpool city centre serving a combined population of just over 60,000 patients. As with many inner city practices our patient group is very diverse and the needs of different patients can vary widely.


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Helping hand for hospital hygiene Blog by Dr Richard Cooke

27 May 2020

I retired about two and a half years ago from Alder Hey but I have gone back three days a week as a Consultant Medical Microbiologist, in response to COVID-19. I have to follow the same social distancing restrictions as everybody else, during very strange and troubling times, but I have to admit the strangeness and the sense of inconvenience are mixed with a certain amount of excitement because we’re preparing to introduce a new hand hygiene system across the trust.


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Psychosexual therapy by Whatsapp video Blog by Zoe Hargreaves

22 May 2020

I am a psychosexual therapist working part time for the NHS and also independently for privately referred clients. I am service lead in Blackburn with Darwen and am also supervising a registered nurse, Rachel, who is undertaking a Master’s in psychosexual therapy.


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Life for a GP during COVID-19 Blog by Dr Sian Stokes

4 May 2020

By Dr Sian Stokes, one of eight GPs working in The Village Medical Centre, Wallasey.

I am only seeing a few patients face to face; we triage patients over the phone first and then consider whether we need to see them.

In the past, a patient would call reception to request an appointment or else book online; or an appointment could be booked as a follow up.


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Transforming outpatient clinics at The Walton Centre Blog by Vicky Clarke

4 May 2020

I am responsible for The Walton Centre’s outpatients’ transformation programme. Pre COVID we were well underway with our outpatient transformation project, looking at how we could reduce the number of face to face follow up appointments. This was in line with national outpatient programme mandate, harnessing the use of technology to change the way in which we deliver services.


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Connecting communities in Blackburn with Darwen Blog by Paul Fleming

4 May 2020

I worked in the local NHS during the 2009 pandemic and was in an NHS regional role during the cyber attack in 2017 – two major business continuity scenarios. This crisis is very different because of its prolonged duration and its scale.


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Raising the profile of psychology Blog by Dr Gita Bhutani

4 May 2020

As well as being Associate Director for Psychology Professions at Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS FT, I am on a year’s secondment to Health Education England, setting up Psychological Professions Networks (PPN) across England in addition to the existing three networks (in the North West, South West, South East).


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