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China Memorandum of Understanding

Last month the Head of International Dr Sandra Mather and Honorary Secretary Professor Nigel Mathers had a successful visit to China for the Zhejiang International Mission to Ningbo. During their visit they attended and spoke at the International Family Medicine Workshop in Zhejiang, a well attended conference with over 200 delegates. In the province of Zhejiang, they submitted and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a three year action plan for collaborative working between Ningbo Province and RCGP.

Ningbo is an economically strong and independent city within Zhejiang Province which has autonomy over its health development strategies. Currently we are making plans to host a two week Study Tour of GPs from the region as we continue to strive to support the further development of family medicine in this area.

BJGP International Primary Care Issue

The British Journal of General Practitioners launched a special issue on international health last month. Editorials include articles on the future of general practice in China and the issues posed by short placements in resource-poor settings. Research articles include Attitudes towards domestic violence in Lebanon, The inverse primary care law in South Africa, Out of hours Palestine, and an article on global approaches to primary care from the Junior International Committee. You can access the full journal and previous issues by logging on to www.bjgp.org.

European Union of General Practitioners (UEMO) Report

Attached is the latest UEMO report [PDF] from RCGP’s representative to the British Medical Associations working group for UEMO, Dr Kate Adams. The latest meeting took place in Croatia and featured presentations by the President of the Croatian Medical Chamber, Director of the Croatian Instance Fund and Deputy Minister of Health as well as a Presidents Report. The full report from Dr Kate Adams is attached below. For more information about visit the UEMO website.

Junior International Committee Japanese exchange

Five Junior International Committee (JIC) Members recently participated in an Japanese exchange, where they had the opportunity to observe family medicine in different areas of Japan before attending the Japanese Primary Care Conference in Sendai to present posters on GP career options in the UK. Dr Robin Ramsey and Dr Vikesh Sharma were invited as speakers in a symposium on international exchange and all members of the group contributed to a workshop on generalism.

This is the second year of the UK-Japan exchange, and there was a significant difference in the JPCA conference this year with more attendees and a much higher quality programme. Also during the visit Dr Greg Irving was filmed by Japanese TV during his exchange in Fukishima with Professor Ryuki Kassia and Dr Noriaki Sawa.

PHASE Worldwide: Informal Meeting for GPs Interested in Global Volunteering

PHASE Worldwide is a South Yorkshire based charity that works with its partner PHASE Nepal to improve access to and quality of health and education services and livelihood opportunities for remote and disadvantaged Himalayan communities. For the last 5 years PHASE has been offering experienced GPs the opportunity to spend 2-3 weeks in Nepal teaching basic primary care skills to rural health workers.

PHASE arranges twice yearly meetings of former and prospective volunteers, to exchange experiences, discuss practical and ethical issues of short term volunteering and to support continual improvement of the programme. This year they are extending an invitation to any interested GPs to join in and share mutual learning opportunities. The meeting will take place in Derbyshire on 21 September 2013. For more information please contact gerda.pohl@phaseworldwide.org

IAMRA London 2014, 11th International Conference on Medical Regulation

The International Association for Medical Regulatory Authorities hosts its 11th International Conference in September this year. This year the conference theme is ‘Medical Regulation – Evaluating risk and reducing harm to patients’ and will take place in London, 9-12 September 2014.

The programme is based around the key functions of medical regulation: registration; education and training standards; quality assurance; professional standards; fitness to practice and revalidation. Speakers include Dr Daniel Poulter MP; Professor Malcolm Sparrow; Sir Ranulph Finnes and Professor Sir Peter Rubin. Full details of the conference and early bird tickets can be booked on the IAMRA website.

THET Annual Conference

The THET Annual Conference will take place this year on the 25-26 September 2014 in Birmingham. This years theme is ‘Milestones and Horizons’ and will bring together the health partnerships community to explore common challenges, take stock of progress to date and consider future opportunities. Early bird rates still apply and full details and booking is available here.

Indian Medical Association Journal: The Family Doctor, Issue 4.

We are delighted to share the latest issue of the Indian Medical Associations Journal The Family Doctor. This issue covers a number of topics including how IT can be used to empower primary care; a case of flapping tremor; ECG of a woman who fainted; clinical presentation of dengue and x-ray of a diabetes patient.

The Indian Medical Association are part of the MRCGP[INT] South Asia programme which runs MRCGP[INT] accredited postgraduate examinations for local GPs. You can find out more about them through their website.

Professor Amanda Howe’s Policy Bite

This month, RCGP Vice Chair and Wonca President-Elect Professor Amanda Howe has written a Wonca Policy Bite following her visit to the World Health Assembly. This month’s article explains the terms ‘Universal Coverage, Integrated Care and People-Centred’. You can read the full policy bite here and also access this months Wonca newsletter here.

In the Press

The Conversation: Lifestyle diseases make global health promotion more difficult than ever

Lancet Global Health: Global Causes of Maternal Death: a WHO systematic analysis

Lancet Global Health: Cost effectiveness of Surgery and its policy implications for global health: a systematic review and analysis

The RCGP has been working actively on an international level for almost 60 years and its vision is of a world where excellent person centred care in general practice is at the heart of healthcare.

In 2011 the RCGP approved a 10 Year International Strategy with a view to moving primary care policy up the agenda of other health specialities and countries, and increasing the quality of educational and delivery of family medicine though the provision of contextually relevant training and development programmes. 


International Advisory services

As the premier primary healthcare organisation in the UK, the RCGP has over 47,000 members and the International Department is able to offer an almost unlimited portfolio of clinical and educational programmes, according to the needs agenda of the collaborating country.



MRCGP[INT] accredited exams leading to RCGP International Membership

MRCGP[INT], or Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners [International], is a separate grade of membership for family doctors who pass an MRCGP[INT] accredited examination outside the UK. 



International travel scholarships and exchange programmes

Interested in conducting research into an aspect of primary healthcare? Looking to travel overseas?



International and Overseas Faculty

The International Faculty's aim is to provide advice and assistance our International Members and Fellows and raise awareness of our international work and the role in Global Health. You can find out more information by visiting the International faculty pages.



10 Year Strategy Transforming our approach to international affairs

Our 10 year international strategy sets out the RCGP’s approach to working collaboratively to promote family medicine and primary health care as a cornerstone for strengthening health systems. The RCGP will continue to work internationally in partnership with others to increase the breadth and expertise of the health workforce in primary care and family medicine, and to contribute to improvements in the quality and safety of patient care. 



Junior International Committee

Under the guidance of the RCGP's International Committee, the Junior International Committee's (JIC) objective is to facilitate the involvement of GP trainees and newly qualified GPs in educational international activities related to primary care.

The JIC represents the UK in the European Vasco da Gama Movement (VdGM). The JIC works in collaboration with the Associates in Training (AiT) Committee, and is also open to GPs within five years of completing training (First5).

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