Welcome to the new RCGP blog, where you'll find updates on a range of our activities with posts from RCGP officers, members, staff and guest bloggers.

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Update on future sittings of the RCA

With the July RCA complete, and the August diet soon to conclude, I am pleased to now be able to share further clarity around timings for the RCA in November, and to confirm further sittings of the RCA for next year, says Dr Michael Mulholland, RCGP Vice Chair for Professional Development.

Immunisation is key

One of the positives from recent months has been the greater focus on population health and within this, immunisation is key. General Practice responded in the 1960s with the delivery of the smallpox vaccine and again in 2010 following swine flu. We need to do the same again. This won’t be easy, but it is of high relevance and priority and I know that GPs will rise to the challenge as we always do.

The impact of COVID-19 on College operations

As we see in the news, the health emergency is also a crisis for the economy. Businesses and third sector organisations are having to make decisions which would have seemed unthinkable at the start of the year and the RCGP is sadly no exception, explains Professor Peter Saul, Joint Chair of RCGP Wales.

Reflecting at the end of an important week for GP recruitment and retention in Scotland

Dr Carey Lunan, Chair of RCGP Scotland, reflects on GP recruitment and retention in Scotland as the fill rates for GP specialty training are announced and we welcome a new cohort of AiTs into our profession.

Our role in advocating for cancer patients cannot be underestimated

Dr Laurence Dorman, RCGPNI Chair, focuses on early cancer diagnosis, palliative care and the importance of accurate GP data.

Top tips to help your trainee prepare for the RCA: an educator's guide

From keeping up to date with our latest guidance on the new exam to ensuring the dignity of patients in consultations, the RCGP in partnership with the Committee of GP Education Directors (COGPED) has some top tips to support those encouraging trainees to bring their best work to the assessment.

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