RCGP Blog

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.


Perhaps the responsibilities of general practice are moving full circle?

In the dim and distant past, Medical Officers of Health, the predecessors of the current Directors of Public Health, often used to be local GPs. A colleague, whose father was a full-time single-handed GP in Caerleon and MOH for Caerleon Urban District Council, recently sent me a copy of his father’s annual report for 1935.


AKT and RCA dates confirmed

I am pleased to announce that we have been able to finalise our exam dates for the next year, ahead of the original anticipated date of 8 April.


Action by individuals can change society but institutions have a responsibility to set a tone and to lead

There’s nothing like an existential crisis to encourage us to step back and rethink what matters. I’ve had more conversations with people during the pandemic about what kind of society we want to live in than I’ve had in the previous decade.


General practice needs space to do what it does well

Last autumn NHS leaders said it was unlikely that more than 20% of all COVID jabs would be administered from general practice vaccination centres.


Reflection for a Day of Reflection

We can use our experience to think what we could learn from the pandemic and its impact on us all. What might we do differently in future, as people we may not only be sadder but also wiser than we were a year ago?


Why general practice is so fascinating, so rewarding and so challenging

"I was confronted by the dispiriting realisation that my life, which from the inside has always struck me as fascinating, original and thrilling, makes for a decidedly boring series of data points."

That’s how the journalist James Marriot felt on filling out the census, which, he says, reminds us every 10 years that we’re nothing special.

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