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Dr Mona Aquilina

"When I first approached the RCGP to find out what they offered to doctors approaching retirement, I never imagined where my question would lead. In 2019 I became the volunteer South London lead and national Chair of the newly established later career and retired members (LCARM) group. When the COVID-19 tsunami hit in 2020, my work became much more intense. With many RCGP staff on furlough, I subscribed to Zoom and organised the national LCARM leads meetings that became easier to arrange and simplified communication. We have held many virtual events, open to all GPs, to network and stay in touch. It has been demanding, but very rewarding."

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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 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 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."

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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

20 November 2023

Autumn Statement is key opportunity for Chancellor to invest in ‘inadequate’ and ‘unsafe’ GP infrastructure

The RCGP is calling on the Chancellor to address the risk posed to general practice and patient care by 'inadequate' and 'unsafe' GP infrastructure.

17 November 2023

College issues further explanation for SCA technical difficulties on Tuesday 14 November

The College Chair and Chief Examiner have written a further letter to trainees about the technical incident affecting some SCA candidates on Tuesday afternoon.

17 November 2023

Exploring a range of potential treatments for menopause ‘helpful’, says RCGP

College Chair Professor Kamila Hawthorne appears in today’s Guardian responding to the latest NICE evidence review for menopause treatment.

15 November 2023

College message to candidates sitting new SCA

RCGP issues apology to candidates who were unable to complete the new Simulated Consultation Assessment component of the MRCGP examination following a temporary technical outage.

Annual General Meeting 2023

The AGM takes place on Saturday 18 November 2023. It's a hybrid format, with in-person attendance at 30 Euston Square and virtual attendance via Zoom.

Find out more about the AGM
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Upcoming events

29 November 2023

Tackling Health Inequalities Conference -Closing the gap in practice

This health inequalities conference, brought to you by the RCGP Essex Faculty and Mid and South Essex ICS, will give you a unique opportunity to gain insight into the inequalities within your community, learn how to establish partnerships and collaborate, as well as to find out how HI prevention projects and programmes are delivering positive results across Essex.

29 November 2023

Gastroenterology | One Day Essentials | Online

Join us on Wednesday 29 November 2023 for our One Day Essentials Gastroenterology conference. This one-day online conference will cover a range of essential Gastrointestinal health topics designed to support GPs in improving patient care, delivered by experts and specialists.

29 November 2023

Special educational needs and learning disabilities part 3 | EWS

This online webinar provides an overview of role of primary care and community-based professionals to ensure you are equipped with relevant knowledge and skills. We will discuss shortfalls when presented with wider social issues in employment and education, lack of funding and resources, lack of mainstream and specialist services, and accessibility concerns.

30 November 2023

North East Scotland | Late Career and Retired Members Lunch Nov 2023

Retired GPs and Late Career GPs lunch