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Wednesday 28 September 2016
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RCGP on the search for clinical champions

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) is on the hunt for four new clinical champions despite its commissioning scheme allegedly "dying a death".

Clinical champions are RCGP members who work together to raise awareness of annually chosen priorities in general practices and across primary care.

This year the spotlight is on chronic kidney disease, epilepsy care, eye health with a focus on ageing and sight loss and youth mental health.

During the three year long "priority programme" the chosen four will work to improve the care provided and patient outcomes.

In March last year Management in Practice reported a GP "backlash" against the college for coming out against the government's health reforms left its commissioning scheme in a state of confusion.

Dr Matt Hoghton, medical director of the RCGPs' Clinical Innovation and Research Centre said: "Being a clinical champion can be an extremely rewarding and stimulating experience, providing the opportunity to influence and shape the development and delivery of a range of initiatives within the College ranging from guidance to strategies and from audits to key reports."

The closing date for all applications is Thursday 31 January at 5pm with the roles starting in April.

More information about the application process is available on the RCGP website.