Primary Care Talks is a series of podcasts produced by the Eastern AHSN that discuss innovative developments in the primary health and care sector. Hosted by Dr Hasan Chowhan, each podcast shows interviews with people working in primary care who are embarking on something new to deliver significant changes and increase efficiency.

If you are currently working in this sector and would like to hear some great stories and tips from others in your profession, download now and be sure to contact us if you enjoy listening, or have any suggestions.

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In this episode, our host Dr Hasan Chowhan meets Alex Eavis from Dovetail Lab to help understand blockchain technology and importantly, what it will mean for patient record keeping and data sharing.

In this episode we question Dr Peter Bannister, Chair of the Institute for Engineering and Technology Healthcare Sector about artificial intelligence and machine learning. What innovations are out there to support primary care and how could it change general practice?

How can primary care benefit from the use of virtual reality and augmented reality? Will it change the way you work? Dr Hasan Chowhan talks to VR/AR expert Jonathan Tustain about how the latest developments could reduce workload, attract new recruits and improve patient care.

Jonathan is an immersive technology expert. If you would like to find out more, please contact him at

Our first international podcast features Dr Mark Ebell, who is a family physician in the US, an author, professor at the University of Georgia and fellow primary care podcast host. He talks to Dr Hasan Chowhan about his global research into cancer screening and the two compare challenges in the US and UK primary care systems.

Episode 7 features Sir Sam Everington, a GP, chair of the award-winning Tower Hamlets CCG in East London, trustee of The King’s Fund, council member of the British Medical Association, a long-term campaigner and activist. Sir Sam tells us about social prescribing, a way of working with patients that he feels is essential to improving long term health, and vital to the future success of the NHS.

Episode six features Dr Nish Manek, a GP and NHS England Fellow who has launched Next Generation GP, an unconventional programme of leadership training for future NHS leaders. Nish believes that leadership is non-hierarchical, and simply involves having the determination and skills to change the world around you for the better. She tells us about her programme and how it has been giving early career GPs the confidence and skills to innovate.

The fifth podcast of the series is a medtech special featuring new technology being used to detect Atrial Fibrillation, a condition that could lead to stroke. It is estimated that over 400,000 people in the UK remain undiagnosed for AF. Dr Hasan Chowhan meets Caroline Prentice, a practice manager at Goldington Avenue Surgery in Bedford, and her colleague Emma Bowler a practice nurse, to give us an insight into how they have introduced this new technology at seven practices in the area.

Academic Health Science Networks are distributing more than 6,000 mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) units to GP practices, pharmacies and other community settings across England. A number of different devices are being distributed. This technology detects irregular heart rhythms quickly and easily, enabling NHS staff to refer patients for the appropriate follow-up and treatment.

To find out more about the Atrial Fibrillation project featured, email Caroline Prentice, Practice Manager, Goldington Avenue Surgery, email:

In the fourth podcast of the series, Dr Chowhan meets St Albans GP and consultant Dr Steve Laitner to delve into some of Steve’s innovative approaches to delivering more proactive primary care. Steve uses population management techniques to help create a more tailored approach that caters better for each individual patient’s needs.

In the third podcast of the series, Dr Chowhan discusses bringing pioneering genomic testing projects into primary care with Cambridge GP, Dr Alina Roser. Both GPs are currently running projects exploring how pharmacogenetic testing can benefit patients and improve the accuracy of prescribing.

To find out more about the genomics project featured, email

In the second podcast our host, Dr Hasan Chowhan, chats to Dr Miles Langdon of Lakeside Healthcare about how he is making the NHS Primary Care Home model work in England’s largest GP super-partnership. Dr Langdon reveals helpful insights into how he is setting up his organisation to work more efficiently and productively for the 160,000 patients they support.

If you would like to contact Dr Miles Langdon to learn more about his work, please email

Our first podcast in the series explores the challenges of delivering high quality primary care in communities with a high proportion of non-English speakers. Dr Neil Modha from Peterborough tells our host Dr Hasan Chowhan about his creative solution to employ and train local people as multi-lingual health assistants. This is making a huge difference at his practice to help patients, and maximise the time of his medical team.

If you would like to contact Dr Neil Modha to learn more about his work, please get in touch via the Practice Administrator at Thistlemoor Medical Centre.

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