RCGP Northern Ireland

About us

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 RCGPNI 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 

History

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.

RCGPNI 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 bronagh.mccann@rcgp.org.uk.

Post Council letters will be made available on the website no later than 2 weeks after each meeting of Council.

RCGPNI 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 bronagh.mccann@rcgp.org.uk


 

Northern Ireland Council Executive Committee

RCGP Northern Ireland Council Executive Committee is a sub group of RCGPNI 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 RCGPNI working groups feed into the RCGP Northern Ireland Council Executive Committee who ensure that RCGPNI Council are kept fully informed of ongoing activity by the working groups via council papers or, where time frames prohibit, by email.

For more information please contact bronagh.mccann@rcgp.org.uk


 

RCGP Northern Ireland GP of the Year Award 2015

Quality patient care is a priority for RCGP Northern Ireland, and it is important to recognise general practice at its best.

The GP of the Year Award, which commends GPs for the difference they make to their patients lives, is nominated by members of the public who feel that their GP has provided them with an outstanding level of care above and beyond the call of duty.

From the nominations received a list of finalists including the runners up and winner are chosen by the Royal College of GPs Northern Ireland Patients in Practice Group. The award will be given to a GP in Northern Ireland who has provided excellence in and or substantial contribution to patient care as nominated by a patient or former patient.

Nominations for the RCGPNI GP of the Year 2015 have now closed. All those who made a submission will  be contacted regardless of the outcome of their nomination. Winners and nominators will also be informed and arrangements made for presentation of the Award.

Find out more on our Awards page.


Investec Wealth and Investment RCGPNI 'First5®’ Travel Bursary

2015 will be the third year of partnership with Investec Wealth and Investment to provide the RCGPNI 'First5®’ Travel Bursary. 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 deadline for application submission is 17:00, Friday 19 June 2015.

Please feel free to share this information with other 'First5®’ colleagues and friends. The 2014 winners, who were presented with their bursary 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 RCGPNI office on 020 3177 7722 or laura.orr@rcgp.org.uk

 

RCGP Northern Ireland Newsletter

RCGPNI 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 laura.orr@rcgp.org.uk or manage your subscriptions at My RCGP.

 


Committees and Groups of RCGPNI

Quality Committee

 

The RCGPNI Quality Committee is a sub group of the RCGPNI 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

Download the Model Practice Framework book [PDF]

The Royal College of GPs in Northern Ireland (RCGPNI) have produced guidelines for family doctors to support them in delivering care to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* patients.

The work was commissioned by the Public Health Agency NI and the development and design of the guidelines has involved members of the LGB&/T community, The Rainbow Project, HereNI, SAIL, The Regional Gender & Identity Clinic, GPs, Nurses, Consultants and lay patient representatives who have an interest in Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland.

Download your copy of the LGB guidelines and Trans* guidelines. Read the RCGPNI LGB&/T press release here.

To find out more about the work of the Quality Committee contact Catherine Tumelty or telephone: 020 3188 7722.

 

RCGPNI 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: 

Fellowship 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 philip.lusty@rcgp.org.uk.

If you would like more information on the Members' Forum and how you can join the Members Forum Google Group please contact laura.orr@rcgp.org.uk.

 


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 peter.ryan@rcgp.org.uk or adrienne.keown@rcgp.org.uk

Find out more about student membership of the College here

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 laura.orr@rcgp.org.uk or on 020 3188 7727.

From January 2014 - June 2015, over 10 RCGPNI members were approved for Fellowship. Several Fellowships were presented at the RCGP SGM and AGM 2014 and the SGM 2015. They include:

Dr Niall McCallion, FRCGP Dr Brendan O'Hare, FRCGP Dr Michael Smyth, FRCGP Dr Shauna Fannin FRCGP, Professor Max Watson FRCGP and Dr Edward Farnan. 

A new online system for Fellowship was launched in December 2014. You can find out more here.

 

Associates in Training RCGPNI 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 popular Computer Workshop in late June. For more information or to register please contact laura.orr@rcgp.org.uk. Should you wish to get in touch with the central AiT committee please contact aitcommittee@rcgp.org.uk

'First5® RCGPNI engage with 'First5®’ via a number of mediums including College wide member bulletins and educational events. The last event held was a 'GP to GPwSI' workshop in March 2015, with the next 'First5®’ event due to take place in 2016.

If you have any suggestions of topics you would be interested in please contact laura.orr@rcgp.org.uk. The 'First5®' rep for 2014-2015 is Dr Alexander Murray. Should you wish to get in touch with Dr Murray please contact first5@rcgp.org.uk

Continuing Professional Development RCGPNI provide an educational programme during the course of the year 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 e-newsletter. RCGPNI are programming events for 2015-2016, if you have any suggestions for events or courses please contact aura.orr@rcgp.org.uk  

Links to information on other RCGP Northern Ireland groups and activity including

International Training initiative in East Africa

For several years Prof Scott Brown (former Chair of NI Council and member of the College Trustee Board) has had an association with the International Health Sciences University (IHSU) in Kampala, Uganda. The university was founded six years ago by Dr. Ian Clarke (formally a GP in N Ireland) and is a small private university which trains nurses, lab scientists, public health administrators and clinical medical officers. There are plans to start an undergraduate medical school within the next two years

Specialist postgraduate medical training in Uganda involves a Masters course over three years in a chosen specialty. Two years ago the IHSU set up a three year part-time Masters in Family Medicine (M Fam Med) programme.

A limiting factor in the uptake of the IHSU course by qualified doctors is finance. As such the RCGPNI and ROI are asking members if they would consider donating a modest sum towards a fund set up to provide training bursaries for at least four students a year for three years.

You can find out full details on the scheme here

You can download the bursary return slip here

 

Contact us

Royal College of General Practitioners Northern Ireland

4 Cromac Place
Ormeau Road
Belfast
BT7 2JB
Email: NICouncil@rcgp.org.uk

Tel: 020 3188 7722

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rcgpni

Twitter @rcgp_ni

 

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