RCGP Northern Ireland

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) updates

We would like to thank all GPs and practice staff for their hard work on the frontline during this difficult time. As a College, we are continually updating our resources and guidance for members on the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please visit our dedicated Coronavirus webpage. You will also find resources and guidance specific to Northern Ireland.

About Northern Ireland

RCGP Northern Ireland aims to represent its members working in Northern Ireland and to address local issues and aspirations. It also aims to influence the work of the Royal College and governmental policy, where appropriate, in order to try and ensure Northern Ireland members' views are heard.

RCGPNI represents over 1400 members in Northern Ireland, accounting for over 80% of all Northern Ireland GPs.

Activities of RCGPNI include:

  • Membership support
  • Representation on health committees and working groups
  • Political engagement
  • Joint liaisons and working strategies (including policy development) with other professional bodies
  • Consultation responses
  • Establishment and facilitation of working groups in areas such as quality, patient participation and membership development
  • Support for practice based staff
  • Provision of CPD courses and events

RCGP Northern Ireland Council

The RCGP Northern Ireland Council is made up of elected member GPs, appointed lay representatives and representatives of a number of pertinent organisations. Council members are elected from the general Northern Ireland membership who, as far as possible, represent a geographic spread of the whole of the country. These members give voluntarily of their time to further the objectives of the College in Northern Ireland.

The Chair of RCGPNI Council is Dr Laurence Dorman.

Email: NICouncil@rcgp.org.uk
Twitter: @laurence903

RCGPNI Council meetings take place on a quarterly basis with the Annual General Meeting being held in November. All members are entitled to attend the Council meetings as observers and should declare their intention to attend by emailing the NI Office & Governance Coordinator, Bronagh McCann on Bronagh.McCann@rcgp.org.uk


Dr Laurence Dorman, RCGPNI Chair and Southern Area Representative

Dr Ursula Mason, Deputy Chair Policy and Belfast Area Representative

Council members

  • Dr John Goodrich, Deputy Chair Membership & Professional Development and Northern Area Rep
  • Dr Frew Johnston, Northern Area Representative
  • Dr Grainne Doran, South Eastern Area Representative
  • Dr Richard Kirk, South Eastern Area Representative
  • Dr Adrienne Keown, Southern Area Representative
  • Dr Emma Murtagh, Belfast Area Representative
  • Dr Rebecca McGinley, Belfast Area Representative
  • Dr Paul Molloy, Western Area Representative and GPC Representative
  • Dr Jonathan Fee, First5 Representative
  • Dr Miriam Dolan, Rural Representative
  • Dr Nigel Hart, Academic Representative
  • Dr Waqar Ahmed, Sessional Representative and UK Council Representative
  • Dr Derval Dolan, Western Area Representative
  • Dr Michele Stone, NIMDTA Representative
  • Dr Nicola Duffy, Western Area Representative
  • Dr Ifechi Oguanuo, AiT Representative
  • Dr Blathnaid Carlin, South Eastern Area Representative

Northern Ireland Council Executive Committee members

  • Dr Laurence Dorman
  • Dr Ursula Mason
  • Dr John Goodrich
  • Dr Philip Lusty
  • Dr Rose McCullagh
  • Dr Gerry Millar
  • Dr Caren Walsh
  • Dr Mark Holloway

Professional behaviours and communication principles

The successful treatment of our patients depends heavily on our ability to work well together. Good communication should sit at the heart of everything we do – and often many of the issues we face are the result of poor communication.

This document, which has been agreed by medical Royal Colleges in Northern Ireland, intends to renew a sense of professional respect and assist in overcoming barriers in the future.

Professional behaviours and communication principles (PDF file, 791 KB)

A prescription for general practice - Northern Ireland Assembly election manifesto 2022

Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners in Northern Ireland, Dr Laurence Dorman has launched "A prescription for general practice" urging political leaders to prioritise investing in general practice, ahead of the Northern Ireland Assembly election in May 2022.

RCGPNI publications

Controlled drugs registers

If you would like to order a controlled drugs register (PDF file, 326 KB), please complete the order form or contact NICouncil@rcgp.org.uk. We will post a hardcopy Controlled drugs register out to your chosen address.

RCGP Northern Ireland weekly update

RCGPNI produces an e-newsletter distributed on a weekly basis which keeps members informed of its work as well as upcoming events and opportunities to get involved. You should automatically receive this if you are a member.

If you have any queries regarding the e-Digest, or are a member and would like to submit an article for consideration for inclusion please contact Tim.Montgomery@rcgp.org.uk. You can manage your subscriptions at My RCGP.

Members' Network

The Members' Network brings together representatives from across the membership spectrum in Northern Ireland and is reflective of geographical spread of GPs throughout the province. 

The role of the Network is to support all members throughout their careers and act as the members' voice. It provides a platform for the College to respond to issues affecting membership in Northern Ireland and to develop and share new initiatives at area and Northern Ireland level including: Fellowship, CPD programming, membership communications and member engagement. 

If you would like more information on the Members' Network please contact Fiona.Monaghan@rcgp.org.uk  

Practice Managers' Forum

The Practice Managers' Forum is a network of support to practice managers giving them a platform to share information, ideas and views on the smooth running of practice life. We host Practice Manager events bi-annually which are available to book via our website or contact Fiona.Monaghan@rcgp.org.uk

Patient Network

To find out how to get involved in the Patient Network on behalf of patients in Northern Ireland, to continue enhancing the quality of services delivered by GPs, please contact Cliona McCarney

Associates in Training and First5 Support

RCGPNI engage with Associates in Training via a number of mediums including College wide member bulletins and educational events specifically targeted towards their needs.

Your AiT representative is Dr Ifechi Oguanuo.

Your First5 representative is Dr Jonathan Fee.

If you would like to contact Ifechi or Jonathan, please email NICouncil@rcgp.org.uk

Learn more about your AiT membership.

Life after GP training guidance (PDF file, 4.2 MB)

For more resources and support for First5 members, visit the website.

RCGPNI undergraduate medical champions

The Undergraduate Champions act as a point of contact for undergraduate medical students who are keen to gain a deeper understanding about choosing general practice as a career. The provision of such advice aims to help medical students in their career decision making processes. The doctors will work with the Department of General Practice at Queen's University Belfast to promote general practice as a career for undergraduate medical students.

For more information see the student membership page.

Fellowship in Northern Ireland

RCGPNI has a very active Fellowship programme with several distinguished General Practitioners receiving their Fellowship. If you would like to nominate a colleague for this esteemed accolade please contact Fiona Monaghan or 020 3188 7721.

Continuing professional development

RCGPNI provide an educational programme during the course of the year with concessional rates for members. Please use the website event search to find a course for you and book online. If you have any suggestions for future events or courses, please contact Fiona.Monaghan@rcgp.org.uk

Contact us

4 Cromac Place
Ormeau Road

Email: NICouncil@rcgp.org.uk
Phone: 020 3188 7722

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