Clinical

Royal College of Physicians Medical Care

an online resource to build high quality healthcare systems

Background

Medical care is the web-based evolution of the Royal College of Physicians' Consultant physicians working with patients (CPWWP). CPWWP was a printed resource published to help commissioners gain a better understanding of the operational nature of different specialties, from services provided to workforce planning. Medical care continues to fulfil this purpose and builds on the strengths of CPWWP to deliver a one-stop resource to support service planners, clinical leads and physicians to build high-quality healthcare systems for the future.

The aims of Medical care

  • Enable specialties to shape how services are designed to best meet the needs of patients.
  • Provide a practical tool to support service planners and providers to deliver high-quality, coordinated care across different settings.
  • Support service planners in planning a medical workforce, which meets the needs of a local population.
  • Explore how the principles of the Future Hospital Commission report can be delivered in practice (e.g. provision of seven day services and integrated care).
  • Identify and highlight existing examples of good practice and innovative ways of working.

Medical care addresses the major challenges facing healthcare, including how to ensure that service design:

  • takes into account patient populations and their needs
  • meets the needs of patients with multiple comorbidities and frailty
  • considers differences in hospitals in terms of resources and access to specialty services
  • meets the requirement for an increasing patient need for physicians with general internal medicine skills.

How Medical care differs from Consultant physicians

  1. As an online resource, Medical care will be updated frequently and will remain up to date in the continuously evolving world of medicine.
  2. It offers easier access and signposts to a huge number of online resources. Medical care does not seek to repeat information already available elsewhere, but acts as a unique central gathering point where medical specialties can highlight all the different resources needed to plan high-quality services.
  3. Medical care seeks, where possible, to outline best possible practice, rather than prevalent current practice. The resource highlights some aspirational service recommendations in an attempt to encourage new and innovative ways of working.
  4. Medical care focuses on the patient rather than the consultant. Rather than detailing the most efficient way in which consultant physicians can work, the resource focuses on the best way care can be delivered to patients, and looks at how this can be practically achieved.

The gastroenterology section was written by Alastair Watson (lead author), Tony Tham, Simon Greenfield and Adam Harris on behalf of the BSG. The link to this section is attached below.