Podcast: Primary Care Knowledge Boost

Produced by Dr Sara MacDermott and Dr Lisa Adams

All things General Practice!

Join Dr Sara MacDermott and Dr Lisa Adams – two GPs in the Greater Manchester area – as they interview specialists from different subject areas. The podcasts aim to improve 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.

Practice Managers in General Practice

Published 23, June 2021

As part of our series of podcasts commissioned for the GPN Fellowship Lisa and Sara talk to practice managers Amanda Ormesher and Karen Bradshaw about the role of the practice manager in general practice.  This is a great episode to find out more about the role and how varied it is.  We go through what a practice manager is, the different remits of practice managers and some learning points about the role for new staff coming into primary care. Their passion and dedication are uplifting to hear.

Primary Care Networks

Published 12, May 2021

As part of our series of podcasts commissioned for the GPN Fellowship Lisa and Sara discuss the topic of Primary Care Networks with Vicky Tolliday (Nurse, Director of the social enterprise “Better Health Manchester”, and Clinical Director of a Primary Care Network), and Dr Girish Patel (GP and Clinical Director of a Primary Care Network).

They explain some of the basics about Primary Care Networks; what they are, their structure, leadership and their purpose. They also cover some aspects of funding including Directed Enhanced Services (DES), discuss how they both became clinical directors and what this role entails, as well as talking about some opportunities to get involved with Primary Care Networks. They finish by explaining what they see to be the pros and cons of Primary Care Networks. 

Physiotherapists in Primary Care

Published 24, March 2021

The next in our series talking about additional roles in primary care is all about physiotherapists in general practice.  Lisa and Sara talk to senior physiotherapists Judith Dawson and Joanne Roberts about how they became involved in physiotherapy in primary care and the roles of physiotherapists in this setting, including First Contact Practitioners. Having been part of enhancing primary care access to physiotherapy throughout the years, it’s great to get their perspectives on the role now and what it might look like in the future. We take the opportunity to get their top tips for managing knee osteoarthritis and low risk back pain.

Paramedics in Primary Care

Published 3, March 2021

The next in our series talking about additional roles in primary care is all about paramedics in general practice. Lisa and Sara speak to Scott Murray, who has been working as a paramedic within primary care for some time now, having transitioned through acute care and urgent care. He talks us through his journey, why he chose to move to primary care and some tips for both paramedics and the general practice team about how to make that transition.

Physician Associates in Primary Care

Published 10, February 2021

As part of their mini-series in Primary Care New Roles, Lisa and Sara spoke with Physician Associate Ricky Staniland to get an idea of how he became a Physician Associate in General Practice and what his role includes at present. Definite learning points were just how varied and useful Physician associates can be in practice. As part of her role as clinical director of Primary Care Workforce and Greater Manchester Training Hub, Dr Ali Lea joins the discussion.

An Introduction to GP and GP Nurse Fellowships

Published 25, November 2020

Here to explain what fellowships are is GP and GM training hub Clinical Lead Dr Gill Tonge. It was really interesting to hear the thinking behind the fellowships and hear the aims of supporting doctors and nurses after the first year of qualifying. The content is free and relevant to all in primary care and will include episodes on remote working, practice management skills, leadership and quality improvement.

Dealing with Uncertainty

Published 14, October 2020

In this episode Lisa and Sara talk to Dr Avril Danczak, a GP with an interest in managing uncertainty in medicine which led to her co-authoring the RCGP published book called Mapping Uncertainty in Medicine.

We cover what uncertainty is, and why it is important to address this within medicine and general practice.

We talk about ‘what to do when you don’t know what to do’, how to classify and identify different forms of uncertainty and then think about how you can go about addressing and managing this uncertainty in a structured way.

Staff Wellbeing and Silver Linings

Published 18, July 2020

Lisa and Sara bring back Dr Joanna Bircher and Dr Viren Mehta for this last episode in the COVID-19 series to reflect on all of the positives that have come from the outbreak in general practice, the personal and professional learning that they have had and some focus on staff wellbeing with a few simple ideas on how to support each other.

Thank you to Practice Managers Sara Mayer at Archwood Medical Practice and Michelle Davenport at Heaton Mersey Medical Practice for sharing their insights too.

Primary Care Nursing During COVID-19

Published 13, May 2020

Yesterday was international nurses day: this Primary Care Knowledge Boost Podcast highlights the great work that is being done by community nurses during COVID-19.

Guests include:

Lesley Royle-Pryor: Primary and Community Nurse Lead for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership.

Moira Ogunsakin: Greater Manchester Training Hub Lead Nurse, Lead Nurse for Practice Renewal for Salford Primary Care Together and Practice Nurse in Salford.

Dr Joanna Bircher: GP Partner in Tameside and Glossop and Clinical Director of the GP Excellence programme.

Occupational Therapists in Primary Care

Published 9, June 2021

Lisa and Sara talk to Occupational Therapist and Advanced Clinical Practitioner Payal Wilson about the role of occupational therapists in primary care.

She talks about how to become an occupational therapist, the training involved, and how occupational therapists might work in primary care (their remit and the roles they could take on). She also discusses her current career, the advantages of occupational therapists in advanced clinical practitioner roles, and considerations (including supervision) for occupational therapists when working in primary care as part of the additional roles reimbursement scheme (ARRS).

Enhancing leadership skills - why knowing ourselves matters

Published 21, Apr 2021

As part of our series of podcasts commissioned for the GP Fellowship Dr Amar Rughani returns to the podcast today to share some great leadership and life skills. We spoke to him in a previous episode about the big picture of leadership skills and why they matter. 

In this episode we take a dive into the specifics around getting to know ourselves and how this can be useful both in leadership as well as our everyday lives. We discuss that what drives and inspires us will energise us, and why being our authentic selves can make for better leaders. He talks us through how playing to your strengths is the way forward in leadership, but that we need to know our limits and work with other types of key players to help achieve our goals.

Why Leadership skills in primary care matter

Published 17, February 2021

As part of our series of podcasts commissioned for the GP Fellowship Lisa and Sara are joined by Dr Amar Rughani to discuss his approach to leadership. We talk about the importance of considering our influence, place in the world and how to achieve our goals. We consider our motivations for doing what we are doing in life; the importance of taking that step back to really consider why, how and what we are doing in the world and in general practice. From this we can then consider what we want the future to look like. Future episodes will then focus on how to get there.

What does the future of Primary Care look like?

Published 9, February 2021

To teach us more about the New Roles in primary care, as well as the development of existing roles in general practice, Dr Ali Lea and Primary and Community Nurse Lead Lesley Royal-Price join us.

The plans for Primary Care Work Transformation are described as ‘making sure we have the right team to deliver the best care looking after people the right way for them’. A great tagline that about sums it up.

Remote Consultations

Published 20, January 2021

As part of our series of podcasts commissioned for the GP Fellowship Lisa and Sara talk to Dr Adam Abbs about remote consulting. Dr Abbs is a GP who has written a handbook about remote consulting which has been accredited by the RCGP.

Remote consulting has been in our lives for quite some time now, and this doesn’t look likely to change anytime soon so we thought it was worth getting some more hints and tips to make us all the best remote consulters that we can be. We talk about common pitfalls, how to do some examinations remotely and a couple of special situations such as care homes and patients with visual or hearing impairments.

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

Published 30, September 2020

This week’s podcast episode is all about Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome with Tameside Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist Dr Mahshid Nickkho-Amiry.

It’s a detailed look at the subject using an example case, following this from diagnosis to management. 

Early Diagnosis of Cancer

Published 19, August 2020

Early diagnosis of cancer is a huge priority in order to try to improve our cancer survival rates in the UK. Lisa and Sara took the opportunity to speak to Dr Sarah Taylor, GP in Fallowfield and Cancer Research UK Cancer Diagnosis Lead for Greater Manchester about this important subject.

It was recorded pre-Covid-19 and so some of the information given about services might have changed in your local area. We thought the general tips about picking up cancer as early as possible were incredibly useful however which is why we decided to release the episode.