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Latest news - Monday, 20 May 2019

Returning £1bn to nurse education vital to tackle staffing

Nurse leader renews call for safe staffing levels

Over-use of mental hospitals for treating children

Commissioner warns system is failing young people

Only a third of people have hypertension under control

Large study covering 1.5m people identifies global problems

Call for more GPs to join patient veterans scheme

Plan to improve care for veterans and families

Honour for psychoanalysts role in general practice

Blue plaque honour for Michael and Enid Balint


OTP Oncology - May 2019

Single-fraction SBRT better than standard MFRT for bone metastases pain relief

The future for our students

Being honest about the challenges in primary care, but also showcasing the rewarding aspects of the job

Endangered species

To prolong the recent media attention on GP shortage, Chris Preece proposes a new kind of Attenborough style documentary

The beginning of the genomics revolution

How the world of medicine is affecting the development of genomics


Join the OnMedica Media Panel

OnMedica has launched a media panel that will enable its members to air their views to the media on topical healthcare issues in the UK

How the new nursing associate role will break new ground

As the role of nursing associate grows in number, we need to understand it better. Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, introduces us this new role and how it’s set to complement the NHS Long Term Plan’s workforce strategy

The collaborative approach turning things around

Tara Kearney, director of integration for Salford Care Organisation, talks about setting up and working in a whole-system collaborative, and its impact on Salford Royal Foundation Trust and the people in her community

Shaping the future of medicines and pharmacy

NHS England’s associate chief clinical information officer (Medicines), Ann Slee, looks at how digital technology will help deliver the NHS Long Term Plan


A clinical review of the classification, investigations, and management of a condition affecting about 600,000 people in UK. This article also includes considerations about pregnancy and the GP responsibility with the DVLA.


Drug and Therapeutics Update - 17th May

Lenalidomide now recommended for multiple myeloma in two pieces of NICE final draft guidance; MHRA issues class 2 medicines recall: Co-amoxiclav for oral suspension variants

Endocrine causes of hypertension

A 26-year-old lady comes to see her GP with a recent history of feeling more tired than usual. She has also noticed she has been more thirsty than usual and is passing more urine too. Examination reveals that her blood pressure is elevated at 159/98

Transient ischaemic attack

Accurately diagnosing a TIA can be quite difficult as the diagnosis is largely based on history from the patient. This clinical review includes the latest NICE guidance on imaging and the role of urgent carotid endarterectomy

COPD management

The COPD nurse is off for six weeks. Doctors in the practice are going to work with the healthcare assistant to cover the COPD clinic in her absence. There are three patients with latest spirometry readings booked to get advice on their medical management

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

This case history looks at the diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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