West Scotland

Faculty officers

Dr Paul Ryan, Chair and Scottish Council Representative

Dr Jim McKinlay, Vice Chair and Deputy Scottish Council Representative

Dr Alison Garvie, Provost

Dr Allison Law, Honorary Secretary

Honorary Treasurer vacant

Dr Ken McLean, UK Council Representative and Quality lead



Faculty board

Dr Elaine Taylor (MLG deputy, UK Council deputy and Education Lead)

Dr Brian Robson (Scottish Council rep)

vacant (Remote and Rural MLG rep)

Dr David Blane (International rep)

Dr Mohammed Sharif (Fellowship Lead)

Dr Chris McHugh (Deputy Scottish Council rep)

Dr Karyn Devlin (First5 Lead)

Dr Susan Thornborrow (MLG Representative)

Dr Lindsey Pope

Dr Gordon MacDonald

Dr Ziad Al-Najim

Dr Robert Flowerdew

Dr Susan Gibson-Smith

Dr John Langan

Dr Ula Chetty

Dr Lynsey Yeoman

Dr Joanna Traynor

Professor Moya Kelly

Professor Frances Mair

Professor Jill Morrison

Professor Graham Watt

Dr Ling Zhang (ST3 rep)

Dr Anna Roberts (ST2 rep)

Dr Natalie Stott (ST1.2 rep)

Dr Stacy McGinn (ST1.1 rep)

Dr Sandesh Gulhane (ST1.1 rep)

Dr Margaret McCartney (UK Council Elected Member)

Dr Mark Johnston (UK AiT Committee rep)

Dr Robert Milroy (Secondary Care rep)

Stella Macpherson (Lay rep)

David Allen (Practice Manager rep)

Fiona McKinlay (Practice Manager deputy rep)

Joanne Anderson (Practice Nurse rep)

vacant (Practice Nurse deputy rep)

Paul RyanDr Paul Ryan. Faulty Chair






Alison GarvieDr Alison Garvie. Faculty Provost






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About us

The Faculty supports over 2040 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Arran, Forth Valley and Dumfries and Galloway.

We run a comprehensive range of educational events, a particular highlight being the very popular AiT study evenings. These run throughout the year with each event focusing on a different clinical topic chosen by the AiTs themselves.

Getting involved

We rely on members to play an active role locally, promoting the College aims and objectives. It is essential to raise and maintain awareness of demographic issues and needs of GPs and patients alike, and develop initiatives to support these. If you would like to find out more about becoming involved with the Faculty we would be delighted to hear from you.

Faculty News

The next meeting of Faculty Board will take place on Monday 6 June 2016 at the Department of General Practice and Primary Care at the University of Glasgow.

All members are invited to attend board meetings. If you would like to discuss any item covered or would like an item to be considered at a future meeting, please contact us.

The links below are the three reports from our 2015 AGM:


Faculty Events

Our annual Fulton Lecture and AGM takes place each year in October. Last year the event took place within Glasgow University Medical School, Wolfson Building on Wednesday 7 October. Our keynote speaker was Prof Dilip Nathwani OBE, Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and Honorary Professor of Infection, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee.

Details of forthcoming West Scotland Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses can be accessed via the Upcoming Events box on the right.

Faculty Initiatives

Bursaries Available

Our academic conference bursaries application process is now closed for this year and the two winners have been notified. We look forward to reading their reports in future faculty newsletters.

Faculty Community Prize

This annual prize is presented to the University of Glasgow 4th or 5th year medical student who has made the most significant contribution to the community whilst a student at the University.  The 2016 prize was awarded to Paula Beaumont, a 4th year student at Glasgow University, who has made a significant contribution to the community as a volunteer.  Paula was the founder of EPIC Futures, a community interest company, which provided tutoring and mentoring opportunities to those living in deprived areas of Glasgow.  Paula Beaumont has won £250 prize money and will be presented with a certificate later this year.

Retired Doctors Forum

The programme of meetings for 2015/16 has now been completed and we look forward to confirming the 2016/17 programme later this summer. 

On Monday 5 October 2015 the programme commenced with a talk on Medical Murders from Dr Barry Adams-Strump.  On Tuesday 17 November 2015 Dr Ian Robertson presented his humorous illustrated lecture, Doctors in Operas, on doctors who appear as characters in operas.  To complete the programme we welcomed Ramsay Vallance on Monday 7 March 2016 and his talk on The Romance of the Atlantic Blue Riband.  

RCGP West Scotland Faculty International Primary Care Network (IPCN)

The Faculty’s International Primary Care Network (IPCN) was formally launched in May 2015, by the Faculty’s International Representative Dr David Blane. The current focus of the IPCN is on running a series of global health-related CPD events, which also provide networking opportunities for this fledgling ‘community of interest’.  There is a small steering group and a dedicated email list of over a hundred GPs in the West of Scotland who are kept updated on relevant news and events related to global health in the region.  If you are interested in finding out more about the IPCN, or would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the faculty office. Read more information about IPCN here.

James Scobbie Award

This is awarded to the West of Scotland trainee who has scored the highest in their Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) in the preceding twelve months. It commemorates the professional career of Dr James Scobbie. The winner of the 2015 prize was Dr Carly Blyth. Her presentation was made by Professor Stuart Murray at our Annual Fulton Lecture.

Stuart Murray Prize

This is awarded to the West of Scotland trainee who has scored the highest in their Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) in the preceding twelve months. It recognises the contribution of Professor Stuart Murray to general practice education in the West of Scotland. The winner of the 2015 prize was Dr Nicola Donoghue. She was presented with the award at our Annual Fulton Lecture by Professor Stuart Murray.

Practice Improvement Award

The recently established Practice Improvement Award recognises a practice which has shown improvements in their patient care or staff experience. The winner of the 2013 award was Mearns Medical Practice in Glasgow.

Applications for the 2016 award are now open. For details of how to apply for the 2016 award please contact the faculty office.

Support for AiTs

We currently have six AiT representatives on our Faculty board to maintain awareness on issues affecting GP trainees. AiT study evenings are organised throughout the year covering a range of topics. 

New GP Website

New GPs in Scotland have launched an innovative website. The website has been launched by new GPs in Scotland for recently qualified GPs in Scotland. The website incorporates links from other key organisations in Scotland and brings together appropriate information from a host of relevant organisations including RCGP.   This new and innovative website includes local content, events, jobs and clinical tools relevant to new GPs in Scotland. The website can be viewed at www.newgpscotland.com

Contact us

RCGP West of Scotland Faculty
1 Horselethill Road
G12 9LX

Telephone: 0141 337 3268 / 330 7546
Email: wscotland@rcgp.org.uk

Faculty Administrators: Alison O'Brien and Diana Lints

A voicemail system is in operation when the office is closed. Please call before visiting the office.


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