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RCGP Campaign Blogs

Catch up with the latest news on the RCGP's Put Patients First, Back General Practice campaign here


NI Students and general practice

12 October 2016

During the summer, RCGPNI shadowed several students while they each took part in two-week voluntary GP placements. Reflecting on their experiences while on placements, all of them told us that they were excited about a future career in general practice because of the variety of patients they will get to see every day and the huge mix of cases and conditions they will have to diagnose and manage.


GPFV More support announced for returning GPs

07 October 2016

The College’s Put patients first campaign secured another win yesterday as Dr Arvind Madan, Director of Primary Care at NHS England, announced greater support for doctors returning to general practice in his speech to RCGP annual conference.


Guest Blog Series: Practice Manager

28 September 2016

In our latest Guest Blog Maria Nugent-Murphy, Practice Manager in the Maple Group Practice Lisnaskea, shares her thoughts on the need for adequate investment in primary care infrastructure and more innovative use of technology.


WALES Welsh Recruitment Campaign announced

21 September 2016

This week the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Vaughan Gething announced a GP Recruitment marketing campaign to market Wales as an attractive place for GPs to train, work and live. The campaign will be launched at this year’s BMJ Careers fair in October.


GPFV Plans to rescue general practice get PM's backing

20 September 2016

We've received a letter from the Prime Minister reassuring us that the GP Forward View will still be put into practice.


UK RCGP encourages medical students to become a GP

20 September 2016

One of the challenges for the government in fulfilling its promise of 5000 new doctors by 2020 is how to find these extra doctors. In response, the RCGP has produced a video and guide to encourage medical students to consider general practice.


NI GP of the Year shows why general practice is important

19 September 2016

On Saturday, Dr Emma Casey from Eglinton Medical Practice outside Derry/Londonderry, proved why GPs are so important to their patients when she won the award for NI GP of the Year 2016.


SCOTLAND Supportive references in the Scottish Parliament

19 September 2016

We have been meeting with new MSPs and in particular, members of the Health and Sport Committee, to keep general practice at the top of the Scottish political agenda. General practice has featured strongly in the first few sessions of the new parliament, particularly during Wednesday 7 September’s ‘Programme for Government’ debate.


GPFV Briefing MPs on government pledges for general practice

19 September 2016

One of our greatest priorities now that we have secured the pledges we need in the GP Forward View, is to ensure that there is the political will to support them to come to fruition. Working with NHS England, we held a Parliamentary briefing to tell MPs about the GP Forward View and answer any questions they may have.


SCOTLAND Conservatives want 10 per cent of NHS spending to general practice

19 September 2016

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party made a policy statement on 30 August calling for “at least 10% of NHS Scotland spending to be given to general practice.” The announcement received widespread coverage, and we were pleased for Chair of RCGP Scotland, Miles Mack to be able to comment on it across broadcast, print and online media.

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