West Scotland

Faculty officers

  • Dr Jim McKinlay,Chair and Scottish Council Representative
  • Dr Paul Ryan, Provost and UK Council Representative
  • Dr Allison Law, Honorary Secretary
  • Dr Karyn Devlin, Honorary Treasurer

Faculty board

  • Dr Alison Garvie
  • Dr Ken McLean
  • Dr Elaine Taylor
  • Dr Brian Robson (Scottish Council rep)
  • Dr David Blane (International rep)
  • Dr Mohammed Sharif
  • Dr Chris McHugh (Deputy Scottish Council rep)
  • Dr Lynsey Yeoman (First5 Lead)
  • Dr Susan Thornborrow (MLG Representative)
  • Dr Lindsey Pope
  • Dr Susan Gibson-Smith
  • Dr Ula Chetty
  • Dr Joanna Traynor
  • Dr Ling Zhang
  • Professor Moya Kelly
  • Professor Frances Mair
  • Professor Jill Morrison
  • Professor Graham Watt
  • Dr Margaret McCartney
  • Dr Samir Shukla
  • Dr John Kyle
  • Dr John Thompson
  • Dr Alec Logan
  • Dr Trudy Foster
  • Dr Esfandiyar Khan
  • Dr Donal Murray (Deputy MLG Rep)
  • Dr Monica McGeough
  • Dr Victoria McGill
  • Dr Sandesh Gulhane
  • Dr Martyn Senior (UK AiT Committee rep)
  • Dr Emma Rahemtulla (GUGPS President)
  • Stella Macpherson (Lay rep)
  • Elaine Deary (Practice Manager rep)
  • Joanne Anderson (Practice Nurse rep)
  • Dr Dougal Binnie
  • Dr Mhairi McNeill
  • Dr Anna Bulbeck

Dr Paul Ryan. Faculty ProvostDr Paul Ryan. Faculty Provost

Dr Jim McKinlay. Faculty ChairDr Jim McKinlay. Faculty Chair


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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 and Firt5 study evenings. These run throughout the year with each event focusing on a different clinical topic chosen by the AiTs and First5 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 12 February 2018 at House 2, GPPC, University of Glasgow, 124 Observatory Road, 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 2017 AGM:

Faculty Events

Our annual Fulton Lecture and AGM takes place each year in October. The 2017 event took place on Wednesday 4 October 2017 at the Wolfson Medical School, University of Glasgow with Prof Bruce Guthrie, Professor of Primary Care Medicine at the University of Dundee as our keynote speaker.

Prof Guthrie presented "Prescribing safety in a world of multimorbidity", which will cover some epidemiology of multimorbidity and polypharmacy, some research on prescribing safety interventions including various polypharmacy interventions in progress, but also some more general issues like ‘who is responsible?’ and the NICE multimorbidity guideline.

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 winner has been notified. We look forward to reading the 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 2017 prize was awarded to Alistair Carr, a student at Glasgow University. Following his GP placement on Islay, Alistair formed the Glasgow University Remote and Rural Medicine Society - GURRMS. Alistair has won £250 prize money and will be presented with a certificate later this year.

Retired Doctors' Forum

Please see below for details of our 2017/18 programme. It is not necessary to be retired to join this group and attend these events, colleagues and partners are most welcome too. 

On Monday 2 October 2017 the programme commenced with a talk on Amazon Hope from Dr Jon Cossar. On Tuesday 21 November 2017, Prof Alan Shenkin presented the Strange Case of Dr Chandra.  To complete the programme we will welcome Prof Sir Lewis Ritchie on Tuesday 6 February 2018 and his talk on Civilian Gallantry.  

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 2017 prize was Dr Rachel Miller. His 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 2017 prize was Dr Sally Carswell. The presentation was made by Professor Stuart Murray at the November meeting of the Retired Doctors' Forum. 

Support for AiTs

We currently have four 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
Glasgow 
G12 9LX

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

Faculty Administrators: Frances McLaughlin and Diana Lints

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