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BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: Exercise should be a core treatment for depression, research suggests
BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: Exercise should be a core treatment for depression, research suggests

BEYOND PILLS CAMPAIGN: Exercise should be a core treatment for depression, research suggests

An evidence review of the benefits of exercise for depression, published in the BMJ, found that some types of exercise proved more effective than psychotherapy and antidepressants, writes Sarah Stacey. Latest NHS figures show that 8.6 million people in England…

West London GP on New Year Honours List says: ‘We need to address the wider determinants on health’
West London GP on New Year Honours List says: ‘We need to address the wider determinants on health’

West London GP on New Year Honours List says: ‘We need to address the wider determinants on health’

An influential West London GP who made the New Year Honours List for her work on social inclusion, mental health and homeless health has told The College of Medicine that ‘health is much more than the absence of illness’. Dr…

World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week: Access the TARGET toolkit
World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week: Access the TARGET toolkit

World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week: Access the TARGET toolkit

The third week in November marks World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week, a global annual campaign to improve awareness and understanding of Antimicrobial Resistance amongst patients and healthcare professionals. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared AMR one of the…

RCGP Chair says social prescribing could offer ‘vital lifeline’ to vulnerable, after survey finds GPs are prescribing nappies to patients in poverty
RCGP Chair says social prescribing could offer ‘vital lifeline’ to vulnerable, after survey finds GPs are prescribing nappies to patients in poverty

RCGP Chair says social prescribing could offer ‘vital lifeline’ to vulnerable, after survey finds GPs are prescribing nappies to patients in poverty

Doctors in the UK are increasingly being asked to ‘prescribe’ basic welfare items such as shampoo and nappies by patients living in poverty, a new survey by the Royal College of General Practitioners has found. The Times reported that the…

Beyond Pills Campaign: “GP surgeries should operate like ‘mini hospitals’ to save money and time”, says Professor Sir Sam Everington
Beyond Pills Campaign: “GP surgeries should operate like ‘mini hospitals’ to save money and time”, says Professor Sir Sam Everington

Beyond Pills Campaign: “GP surgeries should operate like ‘mini hospitals’ to save money and time”, says Professor Sir Sam Everington

GP surgeries in the UK should evolve to be more like ‘mini hospitals’ to help the whole NHS system run more effectively, The College of Medicine’s Vice President, Professor Sir Sam Everington, has said. Speaking to the Sunday Express, Sir…

‘Complementary medicine radically altered my views on how to heal’: Dr Michael Dixon’s blog for the British Association for Holistic Medicine
‘Complementary medicine radically altered my views on how to heal’: Dr Michael Dixon’s blog for the British Association for Holistic Medicine

‘Complementary medicine radically altered my views on how to heal’: Dr Michael Dixon’s blog for the British Association for Holistic Medicine

In a 2018 article for the Journal of Holistic Healthcare – republished last month by the British Association for Holistic Medicine and Health Care (BHMA), our Chair, Dr Michael Dixon (pictured below), recounts how, in his own career as a…

“GPs and patients have been horribly betrayed”: Dr Michael Dixon on the neglect of general practice
“GPs and patients have been horribly betrayed”: Dr Michael Dixon on the neglect of general practice

“GPs and patients have been horribly betrayed”: Dr Michael Dixon on the neglect of general practice

The College of Medicine Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, has issued a robust criticism of the lack of investment in general practice, saying GPs and patients have suffered as a result, and that improvements in secondary care “should not have been…

HRH The Prince of Wales calls for an integrated approach to health in latest edition of Future Healthcare Journal
HRH The Prince of Wales calls for an integrated approach to health in latest edition of Future Healthcare Journal

HRH The Prince of Wales calls for an integrated approach to health in latest edition of Future Healthcare Journal

The College of Medicine’s Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, has criticised the food industry for making healthy meals financially inaccessible for low-income families, and called for an integrated approach to health. Writing in the Future Healthcare Journal, Prince Charles also…

Grilling patients on sexuality is the NHS playing Big Brother – and it’ll only drive GPs away
Grilling patients on sexuality is the NHS playing Big Brother – and it’ll only drive GPs away

Grilling patients on sexuality is the NHS playing Big Brother – and it’ll only drive GPs away

Putting principles before the health of patients is a dangerous game, writes Dr Michael Dixon, and sends out yet another warning flag to GPs that medical autonomy is under threat… I took my 97-year-old mother out to lunch last Sunday and…