An epilepsy-specific clinical champion has been named by the Royal College of GPs. In the middle of great upheavals in the NHS and the introduction of GP commissioning, this may mean improvements to epilepsy health services.
Dr Greg Rogers is a GP with special interest in epilepsy based in Kent. He has been a valued adviser of Epilepsy Action for several years. Most recently he served as clinical adviser on the organisation’s A Critical Time for Epilepsy in England report. He presented the report – along with Epilepsy Action vice president, Laura Sandys MP – at its launch in the Houses of Parliament. Greg has been appointed as the Royal College of GPs’ clinical champion for epilepsy.
- Epilepsy is one of three priority programmes being introduced each year. Each programme will run for three years. The role of the clinical champion is to work in partnership with key decision-makers and opinion-formers in each clinical area. They will influence projects that seek to improve the care provided and patients’ outcomes, particularly the following.Raising the profile and awareness of the clinical priority area among general practitioners, the wider primary health care community, and patient-related organisations and groups.
- Leading collaborations with both internal and external stakeholders.
- Paromoting best clinical practice and developing training, educational and information resources in the priority area.
Epilepsy Action welcomes this appointment and will be offering Dr Rogers all the support it can during the three-year project. Further information and updates will be provided when available. For more information, visit the Royal College of GPs’ website.