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New RCP Guidance on Commissioning in Secondary Care

Thursday, 02 July 2015 13:36

Commissioning secondary care in England: what does it all mean?

In 2013, the NHS in England underwent significant changes that introduced a new set of structures for commissioning and providing healthcare. The system of planning, delivering and funding healthcare services can seem complex, and technical terms are often used to describe commissioning and related issues such as contracting.

This practical guide, published by the Royal College of Physicians, is designed to help make sense of commissioning, contracting and related issues including the NHS payment system. It aims to help physicians in England to influence the way that patient care is planned and provided in their local area and nationally.

Royal College of Physicians census of consultant physicians and trainees 2013-2014

Monday, 29 June 2015 11:29

Census of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees in the UK - Gastroenterology and Hepatology 2013–14

The Royal College of Physicians (London) has published the full report of the 2013/14 census of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees in the UK. The census measures the number of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees working in the UK, as well as gathering vital information about how physicians are working.

To accompany the full report of the census the Royal College of Physicians (London) are also publishing short reports and commentaries for each of the 29 physician specialties. These offer a more in depth look at the workforce in each individual specialty.

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Gut Impact Factor goes from strength to strength

Monday, 22 June 2015 09:19

Gut's new impact factor has increased from 13.319 to 14.660. Our journal is ranked 2nd out of 76 journals in the GI/Hepatology field, and 92nd of all ISI-indexed journals in the world. This sustained success is down to the hard work and dedication of the editors and journal staff and to the loyalty of authors and generosity of reviewers and Editorial Board Members. Gut is an international journal that has global reach and impact. It delivers the latest and most exciting advances in our field including clinical practice and translational science. Its mission is to play a leading role in reducing the burden of GI disease across the world. It is a mission that the British Society of Gastroenterology has championed for decades and will continue to do so with vigour and determination.

Guidance for physicians on the detection of child sexual exploitation

Monday, 18 May 2015 14:41

Karen Rogstad, Dawn Wilkinson and Sophie Forsyth

Produced for the RCP on behalf of the Young Adults and Adolescents Steering Group of the RCP, the Joint Specialty Committee for Genitourinary Medicine, and the Adolescent Special Interest Group of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV.


This guidance is intended to support physicians to recognise potential cases of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and seek support to protect vulnerable children and young people.

An awareness of CSE is essential for physicians. Physicians could be working with current victims of CSE, young people at risk of CSE, or children and adults who have previously been victims of CSE. In law, a child is anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday. However, some young people aged 18 or over may have vulnerabilities that put them at risk of CSE, or it may be ongoing into young adulthood.

Recent high-profile cases have drawn attention to CSE. In many cases, reviews have shown that these young people had attended many adult services where CSE could have been, but was not, considered. Reports by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation by Gangs and Groups have shown that CSE is extensive. Doctors cannot ignore this issue.


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