PrimaryCareTalks

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.

Join the conversations at: #PrimaryCareTalks

You can subscribe to all the Primary Care Talks episodes via iTunes

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: Carolineprentice@nhs.net

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 alina.grynik@nhs.net.

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 mileslangdon@nhs.net

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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