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Dr Carter Singh

"I was honoured to be part of a recent #TeamGP Perspectives podcast on GP wellbeing in which we reflected on our own experiences and used them to help explain how we have managed to turn negative experiences into positive ones. We also discussed how sharing our own lived experiences can not only be cathartic but also a source of inspiration to others who may be struggling. We need to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. If we fail to prepare, we need to prepare to fail. It has never been more important to look after ourselves and our colleagues, and band together as a profession."

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Dr Holly Hardy

"For the last six years I have been a nationally elected member of the RCGP Council – a position I had never considered until I had the experience of being a partner in a failing practice. This led me to want to try to make a difference for other GPs and I was surprised and honoured to be elected. I have embraced the opportunity to speak for front-line GPs particularly on issues around workload and workforce. I have also had the privilege to be involved with the RCGP patient and carers partnership group, benefitting from the wisdom of the group both within and outside the college. I do believe that we can create opportunities for serendipitous events to evolve – just get out there, connect, collaborate, and light a spark."


Dr Munro Stewart

“Connecting with my local Faculty as a trainee provided me with a network of supportive colleagues with their own interests, experiences and a shared common purpose and passion for providing the highest quality of general practice. My interest in the intersection between the environment and health inequalities is increasingly integrated into college work, and I have enjoyed robust but respectful debates with frontline colleagues since becoming UK Council rep for East Scotland. There is much work to do to improve conditions for GPs, but the commitment of my colleagues gives me hope. I have no doubt general practice would be in a far worse state were it not for RCGP work. I hope you find the College a place where you find support and have your voice heard like I have. If not, please get in touch.”

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Dr Gareth Patterson

"My first interaction with the College was as a specialty trainee and in my early years as a locum, when I started attending their events. If I’m really honest, I didn’t consider the relevance of RCGPNI prior to getting a bit more involved. It’s only in the past few years I’ve realised how supportive they are of their members and how important a role they have to play through their educational events, helpful advice, and political engagement. More recently I have been working with the college to explain what Conversion Therapy is and the issues that exist around it."

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Dr Thuva Amuthalingam

"As an advocate for my colleagues during training, I continue to represent GPs both on the Midland Faculty Board and as a member of the BMA regional council. As a GP with special interests in dermatology, minor surgery, and aesthetics, I see the value portfolio careers offer for recruitment and retention. As the First5 network facilitator for my training hub, I encourage and empower my colleagues with their career aspirations. As an associate non-executive Director for our local acute trust, I am now working to address health inequities locally."

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Dr Simon Tobin

"Being a volunteer Ambassador for Health and Wellbeing at parkrun for 4 years has been transformational for me, my staff, and my patients. My involvement with parkrun has enabled me to meet so many wonderful people in my community. I’ve encouraged over 100 of my patients to come down to my local parkrun in Southport and I’ve seen lives transformed – hypertension controlled, mental health improved, confidence and self-esteem grown, simply by coming along to parkrun. I’ve made great friends and bumping into patients has helped me appreciate them as people, set in context rather than simply as 'patients'."


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Latest news

12 April 2024

'Urgent action to promote and encourage retention of our GPs is needed', RCGP responds to GMC research

The College responds to new research from the GMC showing thousands of doctors could be considering leaving the UK.

10 April 2024

RCGPNI Chair responds to the reinstatement of funding to primary care vasectomy service in Northern Ireland

Dr Ursula Mason has commented on Minister Swann’s announcement on the future of vasectomy services in Northern Ireland.

08 April 2024

Our leaking roofs and mouldy walls can’t wait – GP practices need funding now

College Vice Chair gives a firsthand account of the state of her practice’s infrastructure to inews.

08 April 2024

We need dramatic efforts to increase the GP workforce, or things will go from bad to worse - RCGP responds to Wes Streeting

The College responds to Wes Streeting’s opinion piece on NHS funding and reform.

A vision for the future of general practice

This virtual conference on 2 May 2024 is free for RCGP members. Join us to discuss the biggest emerging topics and compelling issues facing patient care and the profession.

Conference registration is open
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Upcoming events

16 April 2024

AKT Preparation Course - 16 April 2024

This one-day interactive course has been designed for those planning to take the AKT component of the MRCGP in July 2024. It will assist with your exam preparation and revision for the MRCGP AKT examination, focusing on high yield and difficult curriculum topics, including the topics trainees often forget to include in their revision and help with your exam technique.

16 April 2024

Child & adult safeguarding: level 3 | Online

This RCGP Level 3 safeguarding course is for any GP practising in England. As GPs, we care for both children and adults and the course reflects this, covering child and adult safeguarding topics – individually and jointly. The course will be based around practical considerations for busy frontline GPs. There will be plenty of time for questions throughout the day. CPD Points: includes 4 hours of child safeguarding and 4 hours of adult safeguarding.

16 April 2024

RCGP Scotland Apex Group April 2024

Invitation only to the RCGP Scotland Apex Group

17 April 2024

The New SCA Exam: Half-Day Preparation Course - 17 April AM

This is a short, intensive half-day course delivered by experienced SCA examiners. Focusing on the consulting skills which are most likely to improve your performance in the SCA exam.