RCGP Conference Harrogate 2013

So, in an never ending cycle that revolves around Harrogate, Liverpool and Glasgow, this year the great RCGP circus arrived in Harrogate, that loveliest of Yorkshire spa towns. It was great to catch up with friends, colleagues and fellow GPs and do some communal moaning about the state of general practice and engage in some gossiping. There were some amazing talks and presentations, and as usual there is plenty to take back to the surgery. This year I learned:

  • Maureen Baker, our new chair of council is excellent and the next three years will be cracking
  • There will be no extra money
  • Delivering end of life care at home is not only better for the patient but also saves oodles of cash
  • More practices should sign up to be sentinels for the RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre to improve early warning for influenza epidemcis
  • Jeremy Hunt has hypnotic powers
  • Ben Goldacre is even better when he is sleep deprived
  • The RCGP should not save money on comedians or food

Can’t wait for next year!