Primary Care Talks podcast

This series of podcasts from 2018-19 featured interviews with experts in fields such as AI, MedTech and other issues which are shaping the way primary care is delivered in the NHS and what this may mean for patients.

This podcast has been moved onto our podcast channel here, and can be accessed through Spotify, Apple Podcasts and other platforms.

Primary Care Talks episodes

1.Breaking the language barrier – with Dr Neil Modha

Dr Hasan Chowhan meets Dr Neil Modha from Thistlemoor Medical Centre in Peterborough. Neil outlines how he has cleverly and carefully managed caring for a community where 85% of patients do not have English as a first language, and many struggle with communicating about their health and wellbeing. His solution offers a step change in care for patients as well as alleviating pressure on his team.


2. General practice of the future? – with Dr Miles Langdon

Dr Hasan Chowhan, chats to Dr Miles Langdon of Lakeside Healthcare about how he is making the NHS Primary Care Home model work in England’s largest GP super-partnership. Dr Langdon reveals helpful insights into how he is setting up his organisation to work more efficiently and productively for the 160,000 patients they support.

3. The genomics challenge – with Dr Alina Roser

Dr Chowhan discusses bringing first-of-a-kind genomic testing projects into primary care with Cambridge GP, Dr Alina Roser. Both GPs are currently running projects exploring how pharmacogenetic testing can benefit patients and improve the accuracy of prescribing.

4. Proactive Primary Care with Dr Steve Laitner

Dr Chowhan meets St Albans GP and consultant Dr Steve Laitner to delve into some of Steve’s innovative approaches to delivering more proactive primary care. Steve uses population management techniques to help create a more tailored approach that caters better for each individual patient’s needs.

5. Atrial Fibrillation

The fifth episode of Primary Care Talks is a MedTech special featuring new technology being used to detect Atrial Fibrillation, a condition that could lead to stroke. It is estimated that over 400,000 people in the UK remain undiagnosed for AF. Dr Hasan Chowhan meets Caroline Prentice, a practice manager at Goldington Avenue Surgery in Bedford, and her colleague Emma Bowler a practice nurse, to give us an insight into how they have introduced this new technology at seven practices in the area.

6. Who’s next? – with Dr Nish Manek

Episode 6 features Dr Nish Manek, a Cambridge GP and National Medical Directors Clinical Fellow who tells us about Next Generation GP, an unconventional programme of leadership training for future NHS leaders that is inspiring early career GPs to innovate.

7. Why social prescribing really matters with Sir Sam Everington

Episode 7 features Sir Sam Everington, a GP, Chair of the award-winning Tower Hamlets CCG in East London, former Trustee of the King’s Fund, council member of the British Medical Association, a long term campaigner and activist. Sam tells us about social prescribing, a way of working with patients that he feels is essential to improving long term health, and vital to the future success of the NHS.

8. Cancer screening – a global view with Dr Mark Ebell

Episode 8, our first international podcast, features Dr Mark Ebell, a family physician in the US, author, professor at the University of Georgia and fellow primary care podcast host. He talks to Dr Hasan Chowhan about his global research into cancer screening and the two compare challenges in the US and UK primary care systems.

9. What does virtual reality mean for primary care? – with Jonathan Tustain

How can primary care benefit from the use of virtual reality and augmented reality? Will it change the way you work? Dr Hasan Chowhan talks to VR/AR expert Jonathan Tustain about how the latest developments could reduce workload, attract new recruits and improve patient care.

10. Artificial Intelligence, the rise of machine learning – with Dr Peter Bannister

In this episode we question Dr Peter Bannister, Chair of the Institute for Engineering and Technology Healthcare Sector about artificial intelligence and machine learning. What innovations are out there to support primary care and how could it change general practice?

11. Demystifying blockchain for patient records – with Alex Eavis

In this episode, our host Dr Hasan Chowhan meets Alex Eavis from Dovetail Lab to help understand blockchain technology and importantly, what it will mean for patient record keeping and data sharing.


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