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Look what’s happening in September: What is being done to help address the negative impact of inequality on health and wellbeing?

This month, inspired by reading Darren McGarvey’s book ‘Poverty Safari’ I have been thinking about inequality and the negative impact this has on the health and well-being of everyone in our communities. McGarvey has experienced poverty first hand and understands why people from deprived communities feel angry and unheard. I’ve put together some of his …

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Look what’s happening in August- what does chronic pain look like? + new beginnings

What does chronic pain look like? The BMJ article 20thJune 2019  ‘What does chronic pain look like?’  provides the stimulus for this month’s post. It can be hard for patients to explain their experience of pain and for doctors to understand. The article describes a project that is investigating the value of visual imagery in …

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Look what’s happening in July – small changes with big impact, new initiatives from HEE & holiday reading

Thoughts about GP Training in 2019 At our recent trainer’s workshop, we discussed aspects of GP Training that have changed- this helped us understand the current trainee’s perspective. For some, GP Training was half a lifetime ago-  there was much reminiscing about a world without computers, mobile phones, protocols or CQC. We reached a consensus …

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Look what’s happening in June – ideas for tutorials, books to read and places to visit

A WORLD OF WONDER OVER 150 FREE EVENTS TO EDUCATE, ENTERTAIN AND INSPIRE Take a look at the amazing talks, drop in sessions and exhibitions that are being showcased as part of ‘York Festival of Ideas’. Why not take your trainee to an event as part of a tutorial? York GPTS are helping to run …

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Look what’s happening in May – ideas for tutorials and places to visit

‘Artemisia’ visits Pocklington Group Practice From Monday 29 April 2019 until Saturday 11 May as part of a partnership with the charity, Paintings in Hospitals the self-portrait by the celebrated artist, Artemisia Gentileschi is on display at Pocklington Group Practice. There will be a number of opportunities for the general public to pop in and see …

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Opioids, Politics and Art

It’s not just social prescribing that is making political headlines. In February, US photographer and activist Nan Goldin brought the Guggenheim Museum in New York to a standstill by staging a protest against it accepting donations from the Sackler family who own the makers of OxyContin, the prescription painkiller at the centre of the US …

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Review of 2018

2018 has been an exciting year; the NHS has officially recognised the potential benefit of using the Arts for Health and Wellbeing and the first GP Training Leadership Fellow in the Creative Arts for Health and Wellbeing has been granted funding. On a personal front it has been very satisfying to launch my website and …

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