Karol’s Inside View

A personal view on health education and general practice from People’s Board member, Karol Wyszynski.

With ever-growing research, rivers of data and information are flooding us. News about ourselves and our communities; healthy lifestyles, latest treatments, challenges, diseases etc. Many find out about it from the radio, TV or social media. But how do we react to this news- how do we take up that data and form practical information that will benefit us, our community and NHS? More importantly, how can this news reach a wider population?

Health is a great topic for any conversation. Obviously it might not be one of the easiest ones and often it relates to some sort suffering but nevertheless it’s vital to have it and keep yourself up to date.

Those rivers of information that flood us without any context to us can mean anything and everything mixed with a phenomenal amount of fake news; it can create a devastating effect leading to a society with a great disproportion of health education.

Let us take for instance Bradford and the issue of the highest rate of diabetes in the country. This is clearly related to diet and whether someone has a healthy lifestyle which is often not promoted enough around our diverse communities.

With all those challenges I would like to raise the question about the role of GP practices in the current climate.

Should the GP mostly respond to individual problems, and sort out our immediate issues when needed or should the GP also have to take on their shoulders educating their local communities and providing them with a tailored response to issues on the whole?

As we read on the NHS website, education is one of their primary roles.

“GP’s deal with a whole range of health problems. They also provide health education, offer advice on smoking and diet, run clinics, give vaccinations and carry out simple surgical operations.“

I think most of you agree this is what should happen. However, there is always the question of – How do we deliver this?

I think the GP practices should be more open to the general public: hold events, talks and workshops not only during their opening times. Those buildings and all the facilities could and should be utilised better for the needs of our communities and society. Such programmes could prevent many health problems in the future, and also would bring communities and GP’s together. It could potentially be open to those who create research so they could share it with us. This I hope will happen in the future and GP’s will become Hubs of knowledge where human to human contact is maintained and conversations about health, with professionals, will hopefully occur on a regular basis.

Please leave any comments and share any good practices that are occurring in your areas.

Sources

https://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/doctors/Pages/NHSGPs.aspx

https://www.gponline.com/patient-involvement-gp-practices-not-scared-using-facebook/article/1380299

https://www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h3544

https://inews.co.uk/news/health/diabetes-uk-number-people-condition-doubles-bradford-worst/

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