19/04/2021

Categories: Health and Social Care, Postgraduate

The Trends That Shape General Practice

The health industry has come under an intense spotlight over the past 12 months as a consequence of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. While there is no denying that coronavirus is shaping the healthcare sector, there are a number of other trends that are shaping Bolton general practice and that across the country as well, which we will look at in more depth in this post.

Remote GP Appointments

Virtual GP appointments were gathering a little bit of momentum prior to the pandemic, yet COVID-19 has certainly sped up the process in this area. Plagued with long waiting lists and frustration amongst patients due to difficulties securing an appointment, the healthcare industry was already exploring virtual appointments to deal with this, and Bolton general practice was no exception.

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Online appointments and telephone consultations have been on the rise for many years now, but the increase has been a slow and steady one. For example, online video appointments increased from five per cent in 2012 to 9.3 per cent in 2018.

However, the pandemic has accelerated this trend by a monumental degree. In fact, in March of 2020, 43 per cent of appointments were carried out via telephone.

Once we return to ‘normal’ living conditions again, it is unlikely that telephone appointments will slip back to the 9.3 per cent we saw in 2018. Advanced Clinical Practice graduates over the coming years will learn about delivering remote appointments, as this becomes a critical part of the healthcare sector.

Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) Driven Healthcare

It probably does not come as a surprise to discover that a lot of the trends shaping the healthcare industry are technology-related. The growth in healthcare data available today means that more intelligent decisions can be made, and a better service can be provided.

The pandemic has shown us that people are generally willing to share their information when it is for the greater good.

Not only can AI-driven tools assist the healthcare sector in terms of providing a better level of care to patients, but they will also help from the financial side. Medical practices will be using such tools to focus on where resources can be used the most effectively.

Taking an MSc Advanced Clinical Practice at the University of Bolton

As you can see, there are a lot of trends that are shaping general practice all across the UK. If you want to be involved in them, taking a Master’s in Advanced Clinical Practice at the University of Bolton is a great way to do so.

This course combines knowledge and theory with highly integrated skills practice, with the purpose of both rewarding and challenging students.

As is the case with all courses at Bolton University, you can expect state-of-the-art facilities and passionate teaching staff. You could even work at our Bolton One facility to apply your knowledge in a real environment, helping to shape the future of Bolton general practice.

We give you all of the tools you need to succeed when taking an Advanced Clinical Practice degree, and this is why a large number of our Advanced Clinical Practice graduates go straight into employment aupon completion of their studies.

If you would like to find out more about this course or attending the University of Bolton, simply direct your queries to enquiries@bolton.ac.uk and we will be more than happy to assist you.

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