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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."

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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 Molly Dineen

"This year I have taken part in the RCGP Shaping the Future leadership programme. This has been a fantastic opportunity to develop my leadership skills via online modules and small group discussions. I have also had the chance to hear from some inspiring primary care leaders and to interact with colleagues at all stages of their careers who are also interested in primary care leadership. I am now really excited to apply what I have learnt in this programme to my current leadership roles, and to further explore the variety of roles that are available during my GP training and beyond. I hope that I can continue to build upon and apply what I have learnt and be a successful leader."

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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'."

Why RCGP?

We are the professional home for GPs, led by GPs, maintaining the highest standards in patient care. Together we:

As you move through your working life, we’re here to help build on your achievements, grow your career and develop your leadership skills. Our award-winning courses, learning hubs and Essential Knowledge Updates keep you updated with the latest clinical developments.

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Joining the RCGP gives you the opportunity to connect with 54,000 members who have similar needs and interests. This network can provide support and advice wherever you are in your career and wherever you're located. 

Be part of our strong collective voice of over 54,000 GPs to help us lobby governments, influence change and find solutions to challenges and opportunities you face in general practice. We ask our members for input to direct and drive our conversation. 

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Latest news

30 May 2024

"No patient should be victimised by IT failures" says College Chair

College Chair Kamila Hawthorne features in today’s BBC News responding to an investigation on NHS IT system failures and serious patient harm.

28 May 2024

RCGPNI GP and Practice of the Year awards nominations open

RCGPNI has today launched their annual GP and Practice Team of the Year awards, and is asking patients make nominations.

23 May 2024

‘Introducing arbitrary targets won’t help’ says College Chair

College Chair Kamila Hawthorne responds to the general election pledge from the Liberal Democrats to give patients the right to see a GP in seven days.

22 May 2024

RCGP calls on the government to reform GP funding to tackle health inequalities

The RCGP, Health Foundation, NHS Confederation's Primary Care Network and National Voices have today called on the government to urgently take steps to reform funding to address the UK's widening health inequalities amid the cost of living crisis.

Upcoming events

30 May 2024

Management and Leadership Skills for Practice Managers

Join RCGP Scotland and Dr Val McGarrell from Prima Linea Training for this online session specifically for Practice Managers. Discover your management style and grow your leadership skills.

30 May 2024

Missingness with Professor Andrea E Williamson

The West of Scotland Inclusion Health Interest Group presents an evening event with Professor Andrea E Williamson on the topic of Missingness - the repeated tendency not to take up offers of care that has a negative impact on the person and their life chances. Andrea Williamson will be sharing her wealth of knowledge on the topic, as well as providing practical pointers on how we can support this in primary care.

31 May 2024

Telephone consulting and triage skills

This online course will provide you with a real understanding of how to manage the risks involved in remote telephone consultations and the benefits this work can bring when practiced effectively. This day will give you tools and techniques to best handle remote telephone consultations.

31 May 2024

Ask the President - an evening with Richard Vautrey

Dr Richard Vautrey, President of the RCGP, invites local members to an informal, interactive evening event in Aberdeen to network with colleagues, ask questions, and participate in discussions.