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.

A bright light in a dark year

Dr Mair Hopkin and Prof. Peter Saul, Joint Chairs of RCGP Wales, seek perspective as they look back at the heroic efforts of our profession during 2020.

Updated guidance and clarifications for the RCA

From September 2020 additional guidance was issued on the RCA website and circulated to you all. Feedback from candidates at the November sitting has helped us to further develop this guidance to the mandatory requirements, says Dr Michael Mulholland, RCGP Vice Chair for Professional Development.

Vaccination is now a frontpage story in every newspaper

It’s a sobering thought, but I suspect that the most useful things that I did during my career probably resulted in nothing happening. Good preventive care saved patients from heart attacks and strokes, and when I was RCGP Chair, we prevented numerous pointless government initiatives. But there was no glamour, no kudos, no story. It was all rather boring, offering nothing but real benefits.

Working together to tackle loneliness

Dr Laurence Dorman, RCGPNI Chair, provides important updates on the rollout of the COVID vaccine and the crucial role that GPs have to play in this. Following considerable media and stakeholder focus on the topic of loneliness this week, Laurence updates on College activity to promote MDTs as part of the solution. The College also met with the Health Minister to discuss a busy agenda of priority issues.

Whole system working: the interface in Scotland

Dr Carey Lunan, Chair of RCGP Scotland, shares a blog from Dr David Shackles, Joint-Chair Elect of RCGP Scotland, Dr Patricia Moultrie, Deputy Chair of BMA SGPC and Dr Miles Mack, Chair of the Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties. The blog highlights the fantastic work that has been undertaken by both RCGP Scotland and BMA Scotland on promoting and delivering effective interface working across and within health and social care.

A thank you from NHS Wales Chief Executive

Prof. Peter Saul, Joint Chair of RCGP Wales, reports back from a meeting with Dr Andrew Goodall and updates members on a letter to the Health Minister.

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