RCGP Northern Ireland
RCGP Northern Ireland aims to represent its members working in Northern Ireland and to address local issues and aspirations. It also aims to influence the work of the Royal College and governmental policy, where appropriate, in order to try to ensure that Northern Ireland members’ views are heard.
RCGPNI represents almost 1300 members in Northern Ireland, accounting for over 80% of all Northern Ireland GPs, and has links with almost 700 members in the Republic of Ireland Faculty.
Activities of RCGP Northern Ireland include:
- Representation on health committees and working groups
- Provision of clinical leads
- Political engagement
- Joint liaisons and working strategies (including policy development) with other professional bodies
- Consultation responses
- Set up and facilitation of working groups in areas such as Quality, Patient Participation and Membership Development
- Development and implementation of RCGP Quality Programmes
- Support for practice based staff
- Provision of CPD courses and events
The Royal College of General Practitioners Northern Ireland was established in 1953, one year after the College in the UK. A Northern Ireland Faculty was created to take forward RCGP’s interests in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Faculty was so productive that on 1 April 2003 it progressed to become a Council.
RCGP Northern Ireland Council
The RCGP Northern Ireland Council is made up of elected member GPs, appointed lay representatives and representatives of a number of pertinent organisations. Council members are elected from the general Northern Ireland membership who, as far as possible, represent a geographic spread of the whole of the country. These members give voluntarily of their time to further the objectives of the College in Northern Ireland. You can find out who your representative is here.
The Chair of RCGPNI Council is Dr John O'Kelly. You can contact Dr O'Kelly on ChairNI@rcgp.org.uk and follow him on Twitter at @JohnRCGPNI.
RCGP Northern Ireland Council meetings take place on a quarterly basis with the Annual General Meeting being held in November. All members are entitled to attend the Council meetings as observers and should declare their intention to attend at least one week in advance of the meeting to the NI Council administrator, Bronagh McCann at email@example.com.
Post Council letters will be made available on the website no later than 2 weeks after each meeting of Council.
RCGP Northern Ireland Council dates for 2015 are:
- Wednesday 18 February 2015
- Wednesday 17 June 2015
- Wednesday 16 September 2015
- Wednesday 18 November 2015
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern Ireland Council Executive Committee
RCGP Northern Ireland Council Executive Committee is a sub group of RCGP Northern Ireland Council and includes the positions of Chair, Member Policy, Deputy Chair Finance and Executive Members for Quality, Education and Professional Development, Patients and Public and Membership.
The RCGP NI working groups feed into the RCGP Northern Ireland Council Executive Committee who ensure that RCGP Northern Ireland Council are kept fully informed of ongoing activity by the working groups via council papers or, where time frames prohibit, by email.
RCGP Northern Ireland Excellence in General Practice Awards 2013-2014
Quality patient care is a priority for RCGP Northern Ireland and it is important to recognise general practice at its best. The Annual RCGP Northern Ireland Excellence in General Practice Awards, create an opportunity for patients and practice teams to recognise the dedication of those who play an important role in ensuring the quality of care for their patients.
The 2013-2014 Awards were held on the 24 May in the Galgorm Resort and Spa, County Antrim.
The winners were:
- Innovation in General Practice - Dr Keith McCollum and the team at Willowbank Surgery, Keady
- General Practice Team of the Year - Dr Crawford and Partners, Bangor
- 'Robin Harland Award' - Dr Patrick Sharkey, Carryduff Surgery
- GP of the Year - Dr Claire Sweeney, Cityview Medical Practice, Derry, Londonderry
- Maple Group Practice, Lisnaskea were also awarded the College Quality Practice (QPA Award).
You can read more about our Awards night here [DOC] and you can view photographs here [DOC].
Find out more about the RCGPNI GP of the Year here.
Information on the nominations process can be found at RCGP Northern Ireland Awards
For more information please contact email@example.com or call us on 020 3188 7727.
RCGP Northern Ireland Travel Bursary, supported by Investec
2014 was the second year of the Northern Ireland Travel Bursary, supported by Investec Wealth and Investment. The bursary is designed to provide 'First5®’ who have recently completed their training to enhance their knowledge by attending educational courses or providing support for research projects.
The 2014 winners, who were presented with their prize at the Annual Excellence in General Practice Awards were:
- Dr Neil Herron
- Dr Janet McIlfatrick
- Dr Suzanne McQuillan
If you have any queries regarding the bursary, please contact the RCGP NI office on 020 3177 7722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RCGP Northern Ireland Newsletter
RCGP NI produces an e-newsletter which keeps members informed of its work as well as upcoming events and opportunities to get involved. This is distributed a maximum of once a month on the second Thursday of each month.
To subscribe please contact Laura Orr on email@example.com.
Committees and Groups of RCGP Northern Ireland
The RCGP Northern Ireland Quality Committee is a sub group of the RCGP Northern Ireland Council. The Quality Committee meets four times per year to:
- Take forward existing and new quality initiatives on behalf of the Northern Ireland Council
- Manage and develop quality initiatives to improve the standard of patient care and services in GP practices
- Influence activity and policy in Northern Ireland that impacts on the quality and standards of primary care
The current work of the Committee includes
- The promotion of the Model Practice Framework as part of the 10 Year Strategy
- The review and subsequent rollout of the RCGP Out of Hours Accreditation in the Republic of Ireland in partnership with the Irish College of GPs
- The development Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) patient guidelines for General Practitioners
Download the Model Practice Framework book [PDF]
To find out more about the work of the Quality Committee contact Catherine Tumelty or telephone: 020 3188 7722.
RCGP NI Members Forum
The Members Forum brings together representatives from across the membership spectrum in Northern Ireland and is reflective of geographical spread of GPs throughout the province as well as the wide range of ages and stages within a GPs lifetime and associated needs. Membership is also reflective of the sessional and rural GP population within Northern Ireland and the educational needs of GPs.
The role of the Forum is to support all members throughout their careers and act as the members’ voice. It provides a platform for the College to respond to issues affecting membership in Northern Ireland and to develop and share new initiatives at area and Northern Ireland level including:
- CPD programming
- Membership communications
- Member engagement
The current Chair of the Members Forum is Dr Philip Lusty, Executive Member for Membership. You can contact Dr Lusty on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like more information on the Members' Forum and how you can join the Members Forum Google Group please contact email@example.com.
RCGPNI Undergraduate Medical Champions
On Wednesday the 29 October the RCGPNI Executive Committee appointed Dr Peter Ryan and Dr Adrienne Keown as the new RCGPNI Undergraduate Medical Champions.
The doctors will act as a point of contact for undergraduate medical students who are keen to gain a deeper understanding about choosing general practice as a career. The provision of such advice would aim to help medical students in their career decision making processes. The doctors will also work with the Department of General Practice at Queen’s University Belfast to promote general practice as a career for undergraduate medical students.
For more information or if you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Fellowship in Northern Ireland
RCGPNI has a very active Fellowship programme with several distinguished General Practitioners receiving their Fellowship since the introduction of the new pathway in 2011. If you would like to nominate a colleague for this esteemed accolade please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 3188 7727.
In 2014 3 RCGPNI members were approved for Fellowship in May, with a further 5 members being approved for Fellowship in November. Several Fellowships were presented at the RCGP SGM & AGM. They include:
- Dr Niall McCallion, FRCGP
- Dr Brendan O'Hare, FRCGP
- Dr Michael Smyth, FRCGP
- Dr Shauna Fannin FRCGP
- Associates in Training. RCGP NI engage with Associates in Training via a number of mediums including College wide member bulletins and educational events specifically targeted towards their needs, this includes the annual Life as a Locum Event in March. The next AiT event will be the March 2015 Life as a Locum event. For more information or to register please contact email@example.com. Should you wish to get in touch with the central AiT committee please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- 'First5®'. RCGP NI engage with 'First5®’ via a number of mediums including College wide member bulletins and educational events. The last event held was a 'Sexual Health, Problems in Pregnancy and Domestic Violence' workshop in March 2014, with the next 'First5®’ event 'From GP to GPwSI' due to take place in March 2015. If you have any suggestions of topics you would be interested in please contact email@example.com. The 'First5®' rep for 2014-2015 is Dr Alexander Murray. Should you wish to get in touch with Dr Murray please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Continuing Professional Development. RCGPNI has an extensive educational programme for 2014 with concessional rates for members. Please use the website events search function to find a course for you and book online. Information is also available in the monthly member ebulletin. RCGP NI are currently creating their programme for 2015, if you have any suggestions for events or courses please contact email@example.com
Links to information on other RCGP Northern Ireland groups and activity
Royal College of GPs Northern Ireland
4 Cromac Place
Tel: 020 3188 7722
Twitter : @rcgp_ni