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 activities and initiatives
Forthcoming Webinar 'Leadership from General Practice'
RCGP Scotland and the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) are delighted to offer a free of charge webinar for all GPs on ‘Leadership from General Practice’ on the evening of Wednesday 27 August from 19:30-20:30. The webinar will be Chaired by Dr John Gillies, Chair of RCGP Scotland. Dr Miles Mack, incoming Chair of RCGP Scotland, and Dr Michelle Watts, Associate Director, Primary Care Services, will deliver a short future focused presentation exploring values based leadership and its implications for the NHS in Scotland and will look at leadership from general practice in an evolving landscape. The presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer session when the speakers would value your questions on the topic. To participate in this innovative webinar and have the opportunity to ask your questions, you must register your interest on the FMLM website at
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.
The strategic working document 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.
|Development of a set of standards for General Practice to use in self assessment and peer review
|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/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
- 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.
- NEW On 11 June 2014, RCGP Scotland held a conference ‘Refreshing General Practice in Scotland: Essence Quality and Empowerment’, which explored the Essence of General Practice, Quality Improvement, Leadership and Communities.
The conference comprised a range of keynote lectures and interactive workshops and was well received by delegates.
For those who were unable to come or would like to listen to the speeches again, we have comprised an audio recording of the opening remarks, keynote lectures and closing remarks:
Opening remarks from Mr Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing
Keynote Speech from Dr John Gillies, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners in Scotland
Keynote Speech from Dr Anna Stavdal, GP in Oslo and WONCA Europe Vice President
Closing remarks from Dr Maureen Baker, Chair, RCGP.
We have a range of rooms available for hire in our city centre offices.
Room hire at RCGP Scotland in Edinburgh
As well as a base in central Edinburgh, we have five regional faculty offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.
RCGP Scotland, 25 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JX
Tel: 020 3188 7730