The RCP’s Future Healthcare Journal is a triannual publication that builds on the work of the Future Hospital Commission by providing a forum for debate around the delivery of healthcare.
With a focus on improving patient care and management through process and system change, the journal engages issues from workforce planning to quality regulation to infrastructure, and is an informative read for everyone with an interest in healthcare systems and management.
The journal has editorial independence from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and decisions regarding the commissioning, selection and dissemination of content are the responsibility of the editor, taking into account peer review and guidance from the editorial board. All articles and other material published by FHJ reflect the agreed opinions of their authors and should not be taken to represent the policy of the RCP unless this is specifically stated.
In the latest issue
The special section of the November 2023 issue, produced in collaboration with the Royal College of General Practioners, gives a holistic view of progress within primary care and its integration with the rest of the healthcare system.
Setting the background, Helen Stokes-Lampard gives us some reasons to be hopeful, Kamila Hawthorne and Bola Owolabi explain why health equality begins in general practice, Claire Fuller gives us an insider view on her widely welcomed report on integration (complemented by a patient perspective) and Stuart Mercer reflects on the ‘inverse care law’ – the fact that those who most need care are least likely to be able to access it.
Other articles in the issue will update you on urgent and emergency care, prescribing, lifestyle medicine, electronic healthcare records (an introduction for all and a deeper dive for commissioners and leaders), education and training, research, the implementation of genomic medicine and the variety of career paths available in general practice. There are inspiring real-life case studies: find out how a person-centred approach to the management of multiple health conditions has improved care in Manchester, and how one GP surgery has revolutionised its digital offering.
There is also much more content outside the special issue, including:
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The journal openly invites submissions for consideration and peer review. All articles, including commissioned articles, are subject to rigorous external review to ensure that those accepted are of the highest possible standard.