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This online Learning Network provides members with information and support around Quality Improvement (QI), an evidence-based approach that helps primary care free up time to deliver and evaluate initiatives, and embed new approaches more effectively and efficiently into practice.

QI helps us to make the most of our systems, organisations, talents and expertise to deliver better outcomes for patients.

Members have access to useful resources and case studies as well as opportunities to share learning from their experiences and make useful links with others interested in QI.

Whether you have been undertaking QI work for a while or just want to find out more, this network can support you in your journey and connect you to colleagues across the country who are working in innovative ways.

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This network has been developed as part of the Royal College of General Practice’s Quality Improvement programme, led by two Clinical Lead’s Dr Mike Holmes and Dr Simon Stockill. If you have any questions about the programme please get in touch with the team at QI.Ready@rcgp.org.uk.

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Antibiotics must not be a 'catch all' for every illness, says RCGP as it supports new public awareness campaign to reduce society's 'dependency'

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Antibiotics are highly-effective drugs when used appropriately, but we have become too dependent on them as a society – and if we don’t tackle this, it will have a terrible impact on patients' health globally.

"GPs are doing an excellent job at reducing antibiotics prescriptions, but we still come under considerable pressure from patients to prescribe them. We need to get to a stage where antibiotics are not seen as a 'catch all' for every illness – and patients need to understand that if their doctor does not prescribe antibiotics, it is because they genuinely believe that they are not the most appropriate treatment.

"When diseases become resistant to multiple antibiotics we face the prospect of no cure as there are no alternative drugs available. If the situation gets worse, relatively minor conditions or routine operations could become high-risk if serious infections cannot be treated.

"We also need to see much more research and investment ploughed into developing new antibiotics in order to tackle emerging infections – but this will certainly not be a quick-fix solution.

"The College has worked with Public Health England to develop the TARGET antibiotics toolkit, to support GPs and other prescribers in the appropriate prescribing of antibiotics, in the best interests of our patients now, and in the future."

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