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Physical activity and lifestyle to be RCGP clinical priority

The RCGP has announced physical activity and lifestyle as a clinical priority for the next three years.

The programme will aim to support GPs to manage and prevent lifestyle-related diseases, by providing ‘focused, reliable evidence-based information’ to GPs. It is in partnership with the Nuffield Department of Primary Care and Health Sciences, University of Oxford.

Dr Zoe Williams, one of the clinical champions for the scheme said: ‘Despite one in six deaths being preventable by increasing physical activity, GPs often feel ill equipped, due to lack of training, time and incentives, to discuss physical activity levels with patients.’

‘I’m delighted to take up this role and over the next three years aim to influence general practice staff and patients alike to make improvements to their lifestyle, and in doing so reduce demand on primary care, and the wider NHS, at a time when workload pressures are overbearing,’ she added.

Current RCGP clinical priorities include autism spectrum disorders, cancer, end of life care, liver disease and mental health.

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  • Physical activity and lifestyle is so obviously a public health issue that I really don't know what to say. Do the RCGP really want to continue to make it harder for a GP to see and treat a sick patient?
    What's next? RCGP tsar on superfoods?

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  • Who has done the workforce planning to provide resources to individually advise all the idle and obese to eat less and move more?

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  • Maybe we can have training days and get the appropriate qualifications to actually go into the gym with the patients and advise them.
    There has to be patient ownership of this part of their life.

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