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Foreign Focus – Alberta

In the existing NHS climate, it is perhaps not surprising that many qualified healthcare professionals are seeking to work overseas. There are a wide variety of locales available to physicians, and making a decision can often be challenging. In this series, we hope to shed some light on some possible locations for British healthcare workers,...

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The Quality and Outcomes Framework – Are Its Days Numbered?

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) was introduced as part of the GP contract in 2004 with the intention of rewarding outstanding performance by NHS medics. Intended to standardise improvement in the delivery of primary medical services, the programme rewards surgeries for outstanding provision of primary care. Yet with QOF now over ten years old,...

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Foreign Focus – Amsterdam

Amsterdam is an infamously popular destination for British libertines, but it can also be the ideal European location for qualified GPs. The capital and the most populous City in the Netherlands arguably benefits culturally from not being the seat of government, which has led to Amsterdam developing its own unique character and atmosphere that has...

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The Lowdown on Locums

Locum doctors have been a major NHS talking point over the last few years. While some form of locum support is clearly required in order to deliver the sort of flexible service demanded in the complex contemporary health service, many nonetheless assert that the way the NHS is dealing with locums is fundamentally misguided. Many...

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Google, DeepMind, the Game of Go, the NHS and the AI Future

On 11th May, 1997, then world chess champion Garry Kasparov capitulated in the deciding game of what was described in publicity as the ‘Match of the Century’. While this was surprising enough in itself considering the unequalled reputation that Kasparov enjoyed as a chess player, the fact that he lost this match to a computer,...

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