RCGP Scotland

What we do

Our work includes:

  • Developing initiatives on behalf of members in Scotland
  • Commenting on how UK initiatives and developments will affect Scottish general practice
  • Ensuring that RCGP Scotland continues to be a leading player in primary care development within Scotland
  • Listening to and working with patients, external agencies and members to help deliver the highest standards of general medical practice and excellence in patient care.

How we work

We have two key committees:

  • Scottish Council is the main governance committee, which develops and takes forward strategy for RCGP Scotland
  • Executive Board is a committee of executive officers which meets to prepare discussion and decision material for Council, monitor our work and develop new initiatives or respond to changes in current activities.
  • Go here to view the RCGP Scotland operational plan 2014-2015.

RCGP Scotland Council meeting dates for 2014 are:

  • Saturday 7 June, 10:30, 25 Queen Street, Edinburgh
  • Saturday 13 September, 10:30, 25 Queen Street, Edinburgh
  • Saturday 15 November (including AGM), 10:00, 25 Queen Street, Edinburgh

Both committees are led by the Chair of RCGP Scotland, Dr John Gillies.

Our publications

Our activities and initiatives

Developing a Quality Framework for Scottish General Practice  RCGP Scotland and Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) have collaborated over the past 6 months (January - June 2014) to facilitate a working group to create a Quality Framework to drive quality improvement in Scottish General Practice and to support both RCGP Scotland and Healthcare Improvement Scotland objectives.

It is a strategic working document that describes existing quality improvement activities within general practice, determines where any gaps might be and makes a number of recommendations for future priorities. 

The joint working group included representation from the British Medical Association, NHS Education for Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Scottish Government, RCGP Scotland, practice nursing, practice management and lay representation.

The following recommendations are considered high priority by the working group, though time-lines have not been added to these recommendations as the responsible bodies will require time to consider this. The working group will review the actions within the next 12 months.

Recommendations Action by
Development of a set of standards for General Practice to use in self assessment and peer review HIS/RCGP Scotland
Creation of a guidance document of available resources for developing quality in General Practice.
These resources would include:
• Updated Treating Access Toolkit
• Supported Self Management of Long Term Conditions
• Effective interface between primary and secondary care and health and social care
HIS/RCGP Scotland

RCGP Scotland
Person-Centred Team
HIS/RCGP Scotland/Scottish Government/NES
Provision of Quality Improvement advice, support and training for General Practice, including data interpretation and facilitation skills Scottish Government/QuEST/RCGP Scotland/HIS/NES/Health Boards
Increased patient involvement and engagement at practice level Scottish Government/RCGP Scotland/HIS (Scottish Health Council)
Increased awareness of community resources and assets for General Practice Scottish Government/RCGP Scotland/Third Sector
Development of Evidence Based Guidance for patients with multi morbidities HIS (SIGN)/RCGP Scotland/Scottish Government/CSO
Leadership development for quality improvement at practice, locality and health and social care partnership levels for GPs/Practice Nurses/Practice Managers Scottish Government/NES/RCGP Scotland/HIS (SPSP)
Create a public friendly version of the Framework HIS/RCGP Scotland

Useful links

  • Carers resource a downloadable PDF and information sheet developed for GPs by P3, The Scottish Government and The Princes Royal Trust for Carers
  • Information and resources for GPs on end of life care in Scotland
  • Visit the RCGP Videos YouTube channel, sessions from our recent successful conference, Compassion in Primary Healthcare: Politics, Conflicts and Opportunities. Organised by RCGP Scotland with the Primary Care Ethics Forum, The Royal Society of Medicine and the Think About Health Network this event provided a unique forum for practitioners to examine the delivery of compassionate care that is sustainable and meaningful.

Other information

We have a range of rooms available for hire in our city centre offices.

Room hire at RCGP Scotland in Edinburgh

Local Faculties

As well as a base in central Edinburgh, we have five regional faculty offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

Contact us

RCGP Scotland, 25 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JX

Email: infoscotland@rcgp.org.uk
Tel: 020 3188 7730

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