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 at RCGP Wales twitter and a Facebook Page at RCGP Wales Facebook. 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.


  RCGP Wales Newsletter 2018

 

Would you like to submit an article for publication in a future edition of the RCGP Wales Newsletter? If so, please email tony.lawrence@rcgp.org.uk in the first instance.


News from RCGP Wales 19 October 2018


RCGP Wales Gala Awards Dinner

30 November 2018

City Hall, Cardiff

Charles Derby logo

Our awards presentation evening represents a unique opportunity to celebrate the best of general practice. We look forward to congratulating all shortlisted GP of the Year and Practice Team of the Year finalists, and announcing the winners from both categories on the night.

If you would like to join us at the RCGP Wales Gala Awards Dinner on 30 November 2018 tickets are still available, please contact Lesley Hills at RCGP Wales as soon as possible for further information on 020 3188 7759, or email lesley.hills@rcgp.org.uk

Supported by Charles Derby.


RCGP Wales New Members' Ceremony - Places Still Available!

This year's New Members' Ceremony will be held at Hensol Castle, Vale of Glamorgan on Friday 9 November 2018. A limited number of places are still available.

Morning or afternoon ceremony options are available, and we are able to accommodate you and up to three guests to attend this prestigious event.  If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Karen Morris at RCGP Wales as soon as possible for further information on 020 3188 7760, or email karen.morris@rcgp.org.uk.


Bright Ideas Programme - Regional Events

The RCGP's Bright Ideas initiative recognises that GPs and practice staff regularly see opportunities to improve their practice, and often do so by taking a fresh and innovative approach. We want these new approaches to be recognised, celebrated and shared, to inspire other practices to consider implementing ideas which have been successful elsewhere to address issues in their practice and to encourage innovative thinking across general practice.


Membership Survey Results for Wales 2017


Welcome to the Health and Work Training Resource

RCGP Wales, in partnership with Healthy Working Wales and Wales Postgraduate Deanery is launching an online training resource about the Fit Note, linked to CPD. The resource can be accessed above.

The training is a mix of information and short clips to capture the essential information about supporting patients to return to work, where practical.

It has been designed for use by GPs and practices to support their learning, on the evidence around the importance of work to health, as well as the non-clinical patient management of early return to work using the Fitnote, and other available resources.

The training is flexible and allows GPs and practices to go at their own pace, either on their own or as a team.


Debbie Smithson, Practice Manager for Llanfair Surgery, Llandovery reported after testing the training resource:

"Success on a plate! The website presentation is easy on the eye, concise, user friendly, informative and professional".

Michelle Roberts, Practice Manager from Meddygfa Betws y Coed commented:

"Looks a really good training resource for staff and GPs.  Interesting and very clear resource to use and understand".

If you have any questions about the Health and Work Training Resource, contact us via email at Lesley.hills@rcgp.org.uk or telephone 020 3188 7759.


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 at 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. View 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 telephone 020 3188 7759.


Keep up to date with what we're doing

Events, workshops and education

2nd Annual 'Dr Wales' Poster Competition

The  RCGP Wales Annual Poster Competition for  schools and colleges, has been won by a school pupil in Aberystwyth - Miss Grace Butler. The competition promotes Wales as a place to live and work as a GP. Grace has submitted a very lively and eye catching poster as shown below. Grace will be presented with her prize (£150) and winner's certificate on 9 July 2018 at Tyn y Coed Surgery, Bryncethin by Executive Officer Membership, and Vice Chair Elect, Dr Rob Morgan.

See Grace's winning poster below (click Image to enlarge)

Image below show's Grace being presented with her Winners certificate by Dr Morgan at Tyn y Coed Surgery on 9 July 2018 (click image to enlarge)

Grace being presented with her certificate      


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.


Other Areas of Interest 


Campaign updates


RCGP Wales Patient Group - an introduction

The RCGP Wales Patient Group is an active and important part of the Royal College of General Practitioners in Wales, highlighting patient views and interests.


RCGP Wales key groups

  • End of Life Care Network Promotes good practice in end of life care. The network is currently focusing on: advance care planning.    
  • 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.

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

T: 020 3188 7755
E: welshc@rcgp.org.uk

For Policy and Media requests, please contact:

Louis Urruty
Tel: 020 3188 7767
Email: Louis.Urruty@rcgp.org.uk

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

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