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

Wales Newsletter January 2018

Read the January edition of the Wales Newsletter [PDF]


News from RCGP Wales 22 February 2018

View the latest blog from Dr Martin O'Donnell, Vice Chair, Finance & Business Affairs, RCGP Wales [PDF]


Leaders for the Future Programme

Leaders for the Future is an established RCGP Accredited Programme which produces GP leaders with clear vision and purpose, able to voice opinions and influence policy.

The programme was launched in 2011 by RCGP Wales and is open to all GPs in Wales: First 5s, Locums, Partners, Salaried GPs and OOH GPs working in primary care.

The programme philosophy of learning through experience uses integrated development methods and a variety of individual and group settings, both of which focus on practical applications which has proved highly successful with the past 5 cohorts.

Applications for the North Wales ‘Leaders for the Future' Programme 2018-2019 are now being accepted.

To apply GPs need to be:

  • Ready to learn more about themselves in a local leadership context
  • Committed to service change in Wales
  • Willing to embrace and lead change

There is no cost to RCGP members or fellows for the programme.

Non-members please direct enquiries to RCGP Wales,  as a commitment to becoming a member of the College before the end of the programme would be required.

The North Wales Leaders for the Future Programme runs from September 2018 to July 2019. See here for Schedule of Meetings dates.

Closing date for applications: Friday 6 April 2018.

Send all completed application forms to: Lesley.hills@rcgp.org.uk

Places available: 10

 For further information on the RCGP Wales Leaders for the Future Programme 2018 / 2019 please contact Lesley Hills E: Lesley.hills@rcgp.org.uk Tel: 020 3188 7759 (local number).


GP and Practice Team of the Year Awards & 2017 Nominated by Patients

These awards commend GPs and Practice Teams for the difference they make to their patients' lives and are nominated by members of the public who feel that their GP and or Practice Team have 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 RCGP Wales Patient Group. The GP of the Year Award is presented to a GP in Wales who has provided excellence in and or substantial contribution to patient care as nominated by a patient. The Practice Team of the Year Award is presented to a Practice Team who has provided excellence in and or substantial contribution to patient care as nominated by a patient.

This year's winners were presented with their awards at the RCGP Wales Gala Awards Autumn Ball held on 24 November 2017, at Hensol Castle.

GP winner 2017 at the Abersychan Medical Practice
The winner of the 2017 GP of the Year Award is Dr Richard Evans from Llanilar Health Centre, Aberystwyth.

Dr Evans was presented with the award by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Services Vaughan Gething, AM.  

The Practice Team of the Year Award was won by the Abersychan Medical Practice, Pontypool.

See a full list [PDF] of the 2017 winners and runners up. 


RCGP Wales New Members' Ceremony

This years New Members' Ceremony was also held at Hensol Castle on 24 November 2017, where 39 new members were welcomed to the College by the College President Professor Mayur Lakhani, who presented them with their certificates of membership.


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.


Introducing the New RCGP Wales Vice Chair Finance & Business Affairs

Dr Martin O'Donnell has recently been elected to the above role, and attended the Welsh Council meeting and AGM on 9 November 2017. Read Martin's own introduction [PDF].


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

RCGP Wales has now launched its "Dr Wales"  Annual Poster Competition for  schools and colleges. The competition is open to anyone aged sixteen or over and in full time education. The idea of the competition is to promote Wales as a place to live and work as a GP. This can be depicted in any medium with a view to it being used in promotional material. Last years winners were two pupils from Coleg Cymunedol Y Dderwen in Bridgend and their winning poster is attached. The competition entries can be submitted between 1 January 2018, and 31 March 2018. Awards to the winners will be presented in May 2018. Further details can be emailed at welshc@rcgp.org.uk


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 


Data Controllers: Notes for GPs

RCGP Wales, together with Public Health Wales and the BMA, have produced guidance notes [PDF] for GPs in this important area.


Campaign updates


How we work

We're governed by the RCGP Welsh Council, which meets quarterly. Our Chair represents the views of RCGP Wales and its members on the RCGP UK Council.

We also have close working relationships with Cardiff University's School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education and School of Medicine as well as working alongside Swansea University's School of Medicine.


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
  • Secure Environments Network Brings together clinicians in Wales to promote best practice. The network: supports training for GPs who work in prisons and other secure environments, and promotes continuity of care for patients when they're released encourages research into primary care in secure environments
  • 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

Email: welshc@rcgp.org.uk
Telephone: 020 3188 7755
Fax: 029 2050 4300

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

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