18 professionals came together today for the PICH seminar: a mixture of paediatricians, GPs and public health experts. All learning from each other.
The evening kicked off with a paediatric trainee working on an integrated approach to the management of non IgE mediated cows milk protein allergy. A suggestion from the floor highlighted the value of patient perspectives in driving change. A GP followed with her exciting plans to run BLS training in her practice. Her challenge was to work out a good way of evaluating the session, so that she could do it again, in a cycle of improvement.
The main session was led by a Westminster GP who described (with the help of a great video) the pleasures and pain of general practice: the privilege of getting to know your patients, in good times and bad; and the value of that trusted relationship between the GP and the family. We saw the ups and downs of a home visit. We heard about the monetary carrots and sticks that can bring tens of thousands of pounds in or out of the practice’s financial bottom line. That translates to salaries for a practice receptionist, or another valued member of staff. Constraints on prescribing and referrals abound.
Niamh demonstrated powerfully how integrated care supports GPs with their stressful workload: decision making is easier, conflicts are reduced, understanding is increased, the workload is lighter, patient care is better, relationships improve – it’s fun!
The Programme for Integrated Child Health is the only educational programme in the country for integrated care. We think PICH participants are going to be leading the way for future health care. Watch this space!