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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…

Beyond Pills Campaign: From helping with finances to finding local activities, a former nurse turned link worker reveals how her role is making a difference to one London community
Beyond Pills Campaign: From helping with finances to finding local activities, a former nurse turned link worker reveals how her role is making a difference to one London community

Beyond Pills Campaign: From helping with finances to finding local activities, a former nurse turned link worker reveals how her role is making a difference to one London community

Sarah Stacey meets Gay Palmer, a Social Prescriber Link Worker Team Lead in South Southwark, who explains how her work successfully went online during the pandemic – and how the power of community can help transform individual lives… Until autumn…

The College of Medicine reflects on our achievements in 2022 – and looks to 2023
The College of Medicine reflects on our achievements in 2022 – and looks to 2023

The College of Medicine reflects on our achievements in 2022 – and looks to 2023

As we welcome a new year, our Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, looks back at what The College of Medicine has achieved in the last 12 months, and what the year ahead looks like for our organisation… ‘2022 was a mix…

Beyond Pills Campaign: Could you Share a Meal this winter to help others?
Beyond Pills Campaign: Could you Share a Meal this winter to help others?

Beyond Pills Campaign: Could you Share a Meal this winter to help others?

With inflation at its highest level in the last 40 years, interest rates looking set to continue to rise until the summer at least and energy prices significantly higher than in recent years, the UK is bracing for a stark…

Plant-based diet could lessen impact of Covid, says new study
Plant-based diet could lessen impact of Covid, says new study

Plant-based diet could lessen impact of Covid, says new study

Those following a plant-based diet could be better placed to fight off the symptoms of Covid, a new study has found. The major research, published in the BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health journal, found that following a non-meat diet reduced the…

A lockdown success! How a team of healthcare professionals is transforming mental health support in their region
A lockdown success! How a team of healthcare professionals is transforming mental health support in their region

A lockdown success! How a team of healthcare professionals is transforming mental health support in their region

Two GPs who helped to create a mental health referral team during the height of the first lock-down have shared with the College of Medicine the challenges and successes of its first year in operation. The Andover Primary Care Mental…

New research suggests staying trim in middle age and later life prevents Type 2 diabetes
New research suggests staying trim in middle age and later life prevents Type 2 diabetes

New research suggests staying trim in middle age and later life prevents Type 2 diabetes

A new study into the link between obesity and diabetes has suggested that everyone has a ‘personal fat threshold’ and staying on the right side of it could help stave off a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. The research, carried out…

Overprescribing must stop, says new Government report
Overprescribing must stop, says new Government report

Overprescribing must stop, says new Government report

The College of Medicine’s Chair has welcomed plans by the Government to reduce the overprescribing of medicines. A report published this week announced action to prevent medicines being prescribed unnecessarily, following a new review led by the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer…

“There’s no pressure to produce anything” Art counsellors reveal how simply doodling can boost mental health and well-being
“There’s no pressure to produce anything” Art counsellors reveal how simply doodling can boost mental health and well-being

“There’s no pressure to produce anything” Art counsellors reveal how simply doodling can boost mental health and well-being

Nour Saleh says she first realised the positive influence of art as a child, noticing ‘the power of it to gather people and unite them’ and how drawing or doodling ‘appeased’ her own emotions, offering moments of calm. Nour, a…

‘Social prescribing must be the responsibility of ALL stakeholder groups’, say leading practitioners
‘Social prescribing must be the responsibility of ALL stakeholder groups’, say leading practitioners

‘Social prescribing must be the responsibility of ALL stakeholder groups’, say leading practitioners

Leading voices in integrative medicine have called for a cohesive approach to ensure every aspect of healthcare can be effectively reached by social prescribing. Writing in Chapter Five of the College of Medicine’s manifesto for better health, Hope for the…

“We’re empowering people to make a difference in their own lives – that’s priceless” London health professionals discuss social prescribing
“We’re empowering people to make a difference in their own lives – that’s priceless” London health professionals discuss social prescribing

“We’re empowering people to make a difference in their own lives – that’s priceless” London health professionals discuss social prescribing

Healthy London Partnership, an initiative that aims to make the English capital the world’s healthiest city, has created a new film that highlights how valuable social prescribing can be in building and supporting community resilience – by linking people to…

National Social Prescribing Network celebrates five years – and announces the next Social Prescribing Day
National Social Prescribing Network celebrates five years – and announces the next Social Prescribing Day

National Social Prescribing Network celebrates five years – and announces the next Social Prescribing Day

Five years ago this week the National Social Prescribing Network was founded. What started as a spark of an idea has become a hugely successful movement that has seen social prescribing move from the periphery into mainstream health. In a…

The College of Medicine looks to the year ahead – as we prepare to publish our 10-year manifesto
The College of Medicine looks to the year ahead – as we prepare to publish our 10-year manifesto

The College of Medicine looks to the year ahead – as we prepare to publish our 10-year manifesto

In his festive message, College of Medicine Chair Dr Michael Dixon discusses the unfathomable year that has been 2020, including chinks of light centred around community, kindness and our many, free online classes, which have now reached thousands of people.…

Two doctors changed the way we treat stomach ulcers – so, could adopting a similar approach to Type 2 Diabetes be just as effective?
Two doctors changed the way we treat stomach ulcers – so, could adopting a similar approach to Type 2 Diabetes be just as effective?

Two doctors changed the way we treat stomach ulcers – so, could adopting a similar approach to Type 2 Diabetes be just as effective?

In the latest installment of his regular column for the Daily Mail, Dr Michael Mosley offers a fascinating insight into how two doctors discovered a cheaper, more effective way of treating stomach ulcers – but found it took winning a…

Plant biologist’s research finds roadside weed kills breast cancer cells without damaging healthy ones
Plant biologist’s research finds roadside weed kills breast cancer cells without damaging healthy ones

Plant biologist’s research finds roadside weed kills breast cancer cells without damaging healthy ones

A plant biologist who has dedicated years of research to proving that a roadside weed could help successfully target breast cancer cells has produced her strongest evidence yet. In her latest research, Professor Alessandra Devoto, from Royal Holloway, University of…

‘We have achieved so much but there is so much yet to do…’ Dr Michael Dixon addresses Westminster Health Forum social prescribing Conference
‘We have achieved so much but there is so much yet to do…’ Dr Michael Dixon addresses Westminster Health Forum social prescribing Conference

‘We have achieved so much but there is so much yet to do…’ Dr Michael Dixon addresses Westminster Health Forum social prescribing Conference

The College of Medicine’s Chair, Dr Michael Dixon, made a keynote address at the Westminster Health Forum Conference on September 17th…here, we share his address in full… ‘I am most grateful to the Westminster Health Forum for organising this third…

English National Opera launches breathing programme – using singing techniques – for patients recovering from Covid-19
English National Opera launches breathing programme – using singing techniques – for patients recovering from Covid-19

English National Opera launches breathing programme – using singing techniques – for patients recovering from Covid-19

What started as a Zoom meeting between four College of Medicine physicians; Dr Michael Dixon, Sir Sam Everington, Professor Ajit Lalvani and Dr Harry Brunjes, has sparked a new, nationwide initiative with the English National Opera.  The topic was COVID-19…

“We need evidence to prove social prescribing works”, says former children’s tsar
“We need evidence to prove social prescribing works”, says former children’s tsar

“We need evidence to prove social prescribing works”, says former children’s tsar

Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green was the first Children’s Commissioner for England and is a former president of the British Medical Association. An influential figure on children’s health and development for more than 40 years, here, Aynsley-Green debates the role social…

‘It’s social prescription at its best’: College of Medicine joins Duchess of Cornwall at Lambeth Food Co-op
‘It’s social prescription at its best’: College of Medicine joins Duchess of Cornwall at Lambeth Food Co-op

‘It’s social prescription at its best’: College of Medicine joins Duchess of Cornwall at Lambeth Food Co-op

WATCH VIDEO: The College of Medicine’s Chair Dr Michael Dixon has praised a community-led food co-operative in Lambeth, calling the project ‘social prescription at its very beginning and very best’. Dr Dixon joined HRH Duchess of Cornwall in the London…

How health inequality in Crawley has been transformed and the town now boasts the UK’s lowest emergency admission rates
How health inequality in Crawley has been transformed and the town now boasts the UK’s lowest emergency admission rates

How health inequality in Crawley has been transformed and the town now boasts the UK’s lowest emergency admission rates

GP Dr Amit Bhargava explains why the north-west Sussex town of Crawley has one of the lowest rates of emergency admissions in the country – and has been recognised as the most dementia-friendly community in the UK. The town, close…