RCGP Wales

The primary purpose of the college in Wales is to facilitate the provision of high quality medical care by promoting and supporting general practice and general practitioners. In 1997 Welsh Health care became the responsibility of the Welsh Government and so RCGP Wales focuses particularly on that which is relevant to Wales.

What we do

Working with Welsh Assembly Members, Local Health Boards and the Welsh Government, our activities include:

  • delivering training courses and other educational activities
  • raising the quality of patient care through quality initiatives and awards, for example, the RCGP Certificates in substance misuse
  • responding to government consultations and representing GPs and our members in particular, on Welsh Government working groups - including the GP National Specialist Advisory Group (NSAG)
  • encouraging research in general practice to improve the evidence base for standards and guidance on best practice
  • Supporting the setting of standards and clinical guidelines for clinical care
  • supporting members by providing opportunities for doctors to network and share ideas, including the RCGP Wales Annual Conference and with the Wales Mental Health in Primary Care Network (WaMH in PC) which is currently supporting Welsh Government with the implementation of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure.
  • We run a Twitter page (www.twitter.com/RCGPWales)  and a Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/RCGPWales). We use these pages to inform members and colleagues in allied professions what is currently topical in RCGP Wales as well comment on issues of the day. Members and colleagues are free to respond to these posts with comments and have their say.

News from RCGP Wales Chair, Dr Rebecca Payne - 26 January 2017

It’s been another exciting few days at RCGP Wales! We recently welcomed the Welsh Government’s decision to suspend QOF until the end of March to help alleviate the seasonal pressures we are all facing. The government recognises the immense pressure we are under right now. Well done to GPC colleagues for saying this.

We will, however, continue to call for more investment in general practice and we stand by the actions we are calling for in our Transform document. We also gave evidence alongside GP Survival Wales to the Senedd health committees enquiry into recruitment.

We need more GPs and we need more resources directed towards general practice. Unless general practice receives the support it needs then we cannot guarantee the level of service our patients deserve.


Welcome to the RCGP Wales Advance Care Planning Training Resource

Our Advance Care Planning Training Resource has been designed alongside the General Medical Council, Marie Curie, Macmillan Cancer Support, RCN, Stroke Association and many others - to support healthcare professionals from a wide variety of different backgrounds and experience, including people working in primary care and secondary care, and in residential care settings.

The aim of the training is to help participants to develop their understanding, skills and confidence in Advance Care Planning.  The intention is that as a result, patients, clients and residents will be more likely to receive the care they would wish for at the end of their life.

How to use this resource

This course, which can be accessed by clicking on the following link - RCGP Wales Advance Care Planning Training Resource - is shown in two parts with a supplementary series of interviews.

Part 1 of the training focuses on giving participants a shared understanding of what is meant by Advance Care Planning.

Part 2 of the training focuses on how to do Advance Care Planning and develops the approaches to Advance Care Planning conversations set out in Part 1.

Each course is self contained with its own navigation built in.  Simply click on the screen prompts to progress through the training information.

In addition, the training resource includes an interview Library containing the full length interviews with each contributor.

This training resource provides you with everything you need to deliver this training, including the facilitators handbook plus general and participant information.

If you have any questions about the Advance Care Planning Training Resource, contact us via email at Lesley.Hills@rcgp.org.uk or on Tel: 020 3188 7759.


Keep up to date with what we’re doing

Events, workshops and education:

Dr Wales Video Competition

A competition for school and college students aged over 16. Competition entries are invited from students to use their creative flair to produce a poster and/or short video, promoting Wales as a great place to live and work as a GP.

Click here for a video competition entry form 

Click here for a poster competition entry form

Strengthening General Practice in Wales

The Welsh Government has significant opportunities to formulate its plans to safeguard the quality and sustainability of the Welsh NHS. RCGP Wales has issued a document that sets out key actions that must be taken to help equip the NHS in Wales. Go here to see this document in English, and go here to see it in Welsh.

Other Areas of Interest 

  • To see the recently issued Alcohol Use Disorder Information sheet, go here

RCGP Wales Newsletter

Select the image below to see the latest edition issued December 2016

 December 2016 Newsletter

Data Controllers: Notes for GPs

RCGP Wales, together with Public Health Wales and the BMA, have produced guidance notes for GPs in this important area. Click here to see the notes.

See our ongoing Campaign updates

How we work

We’re governed by the RCGP Welsh Council, which meets quarterly. Our Chair represents the views of RCGP Wales and its members on the RCGP UK Council.

We also have close working relationships with Cardiff University's School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education and School of Medicine as well as working alongside Swansea University's School of Medicine.

RCGP Wales key groups

  • Patient Partnership in Practice (PPiP) group  
  • End of Life Care Network Promotes good practice in end of life care. The network is currently focusing on: advance care planning
  • Secure Environments Network Brings together clinicians in Wales to promote best practice. The network: supports training for GPs who work in prisons and other secure environments, and promotes continuity of care for patients when they’re released encourages research into primary care in secure environments
  • Wales Mental Health in Primary Care Network Promotes improvement of mental health services in Wales. A diverse group, including professionals from the third sector, counselling and psychotherapy, social services, health boards, policy makers and psychiatrists as well as GPs.
  • WaMH in PC Report 2015 [PDF] 
  • WaMH in PC Information Sheet 17 Alcohol use Disorder. Go here to see Information sheet [PDF]
  • WaMH in PC Autumn 2015 Newsletter, go here to see the Newsletter

Local Faculties

In addition to a base in Cardiff, the College in Wales is represented through three regional faculty offices in South West Wales, South East Wales and North Wales.

Contact us

RCGP Wales, Regus House, Falcon Drive, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff CF10 4RU.

Email: welshc@rcgp.org.uk.
Telephone: 020 3188 7755
Fax: 029 2050 4300

The office is open from 08:30-17:00.

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