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 page.
About RCGP Cymru Wales
The Royal College of General Practitioners Wales represents a network of over 2,000 GPs, committed to improving patient care. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on resources, education, training, research and clinical standards.
- Supporting the setting of standards and clinical guidelines for clinical care
- Delivering CPD and educational opportunities
- Representing our members at regular meetings with Ministers, senior civil servants and health sector organisation directors
- Responding to government consultations and representing GPs and our members in particular, on Welsh Government working groups
- Raising the quality of patient care through initiatives and awards
- Encouraging research in general practice to improve the evidence base for standards and guidance on best practice
- Supporting members by providing opportunities for doctors to network and share ideas
- Being a prominent partner in the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Wales
- Produce teaching materials which are then available via our website
RCGP Welsh Council
The RCGP Welsh Council voting membership is made up of GP members from across Wales. Each of the three Welsh Faculties – North, South East and South West Wales - nominate up to three of their Faculty Board members to be representatives at Welsh Council with the Chair of each Faculty being a ‘de facto’ fourth member representative of the Faculty board to Welsh Council. In addition, each of the Faculties also appoints a UK Council representative, and these too are members of Welsh Council. There are also three RCGP member representatives appointed for specific GP groups – AiT, First5 and Sessional GPs. Additional RCGP members are co-opted to Welsh Council for their expertise in various areas. There are also two ex-officio members of Welsh Council, being the President of the College and the Chair of the Council of the College.
Welsh Council members give voluntarily of their time to further the objectives of the College in Wales.
The Chair of RCGP Wales is Dr Rowena Christmas.
Welsh Council meetings take place on a quarterly basis with the Annual General Meeting normally being held in November. Observers to Welsh Council include representatives from Welsh Government, and other stakeholder organisations, including the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA, as well as a nominated representative when relevant, from the RCGP Wales virtual patient panel, as agreed by Welsh Council. Observers are not entitled to vote.
The Wales Office and Governance Coordinator is Tony Lawrence, email Tony.Lawrence@rcgp.org.uk
Dr Rowena Christmas, Chair
Dr Shanti Karupiah, Vice Chair
North Wales Faculty
- Dr Tom Kneale, Faculty Chair & Deputy UK Representative
- Professor Peter Saul, Faculty Representative
- Dr Sioned Enlli, UK Council Representative
South East Wales Faculty
- Dr Tom De Souza, Faculty Chair
- Dr Isolde Shore-Nye, UK Council Representative
- Dr Lucy Downing, Faculty Representative
- Dr Sajad Ahmad, Faculty Representative
- Professor Kamila Hawthorne, Faculty Representative & Deputy UK Council Representative
- Dr Claire Campbell, Deputy Faculty Representative
- Dr Anish Kotecha, Deputy Faculty Representative
- Dr Suzanne Thickens, Deputy Faculty Representative
South West Wales Faculty
- Dr Julie Keely, Faculty Chair & Deputy UK Council Rep
- Dr Will Mackintosh, UK Council Representative
- Dr Roddy Evans, Faculty Representative
- Dr Keith Hawkins, Faculty Representative
Additional Members of Welsh Council
Co-opted Members of Welsh Council
- Dr Mair Hopkin, Immediate Past Joint Chair
- Dr Alistair Bennett, HEIW Representative
- Prof. Adrian Edwards, Academic Representative
- Dr Robert Morgan, Executive Officer Membership
- Dr Anna Kuczynska, AMDs Group representative
- Dr Cliff Jones, EoLC Lead
- Vacancy, AiT Representative
- Dr Charlie Williams & Dr Sarah Allen, Joint First 5 Representatives
- Dr Alice Groves, OOH Representative
- Dr Sajad Ahmad, Freelance GP Representative
- Dr Rhian Morgan Welch & Dr Reshma Maraj, Joint AiT Representatives
- Dr Colette McNally, (HEIW Deputy Representative)
- Dr Anjula Mehta, (AMDs Deputy Representative)
Observers to Welsh Council
- Dr Gareth Oelmann, GPC Wales
- Alex Slade, Welsh Government
- Professor Nigel Stott, Honorary Representative
- Sandy Harding, Primary Care Nursing Representative
Senedd Election Manifesto Calls
RCGP Cymru Wales made a series of policy calls ahead of the May 2021 Senedd elections. The Manifesto Calls document was issued directly to each of the parties and shared within the Welsh health and social care sector.
Improving GP access
Workload pressures are very high and that impacts on how easy it is to access general practice. At its core, this is a workforce issue and can only be fixed by there being a sustainable number of GPs and their primary care colleagues in general practice. However, there are steps which can be taken swiftly to tackle the challenge of GP access which when it does not work smoothly is a frustration for patient and GP alike. We are on the same side in seeking to improve GP access.
In 2021, the College brought forward proposals which included clarity of triage, minimising the number of steps required of a patient to book an appointment, introducing online appointment booking and increasing the scope of video consultation where convenient for the patient while always ensuring that face to face consultations are available where most appropriate. You can read more about these proposals on the RCGP website.
Working Together for General Practice in Wales
Thank you for your interest in our work. Today, we wanted to share three of our current campaigns with you. Below you can sign up for more information or to show your support.
Support our medical schools
Cardiff, Swansea, and Bangor Universities are producing the next generation of doctors. By experiencing general practice we hope more will choose to take the decision to become a GP. However, all of the universities are looking for more current GPs to agree to take medical students on placement. Is this something your practice could do?
Tackling health inequalities
RCGP Cymru Wales has recently been granted pilot funding for a Deep End project to support general practice to play a greater role in tackling health inequalities. This project is at an early stage, would you like to be kept informed and find out if your practice could become involved?
Safeguarding Peer Support Groups
Safeguarding peer support groups are a way in which practice teams can come together in a confidential setting to discuss challenging safeguarding cases, share best practice and learn together. RCGP Cymru Wales is supporting the non-mandatory roll out of these groups across Wales. Would you like to discuss a group for your practice or cluster?
RCGP Wales Leadership programme 2023
If you would like to be contacted about this opportunity, please contact us expressing your interest, and we will be in touch as soon as details are available.
RCGP Wales and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society launched the MDT Resource on 12 February 2020.
General practice is evolving fast: GPs are collaborating closely with pharmacists and other health professionals to enable patients to access the right professional at the right time. Culture will be the ultimate driving force behind the success of the MDT model of general practice, and driving up standards and quality of patient care will depend upon professional relationships and understanding of all professional roles.
Our next steps will include the launch of a series of multi-professional learning events which would further embed the ethos of MDT collaboration into our everyday working lives.
The MDT Resource booklet is available in Welsh (PDF file, 1.2 MB) or English (PDF file, 1.2 MB) and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society will be updated with case studies and further information as MDT working evolves.
RCGP Wales schools activities
RCGP Wales has an established history of running and supporting widening-access events for school pupils across Wales. These face to face events occur in both South and North Wales and receive the support and active participation of colleagues from both Medical Schools within Wales. The Circumstances brought about by the pandemic in 2020 resulted in a change in the formatting and delivery and saw a move to an online delivery model.
All content in this area enables those who attended to revisit the content delivered, plus anyone who couldn't join to gain access to the material. The key resources can be found below
School report 2022
Webinars - September 2021
On Saturday 11 September 2021, RCGP Wales hosted three widening-access webinars. Two for school students (one English and one Welsh language) and one for parents. On the day, over 230 students and parents logged on to participate in the webinars. Students attended from 70 schools across the whole of Wales. The event was facilitated by volunteers made up of practising GPs and current medical students and staff from both Cardiff University and Swansea University.
- Full Student Webinar Presentation Deck English (PDF file, 3.4 MB)
- Full Student Webinar Presentation Deck Welsh (PDF file, 4.2 MB)
- Webinar - A parent's guide to getting into medical school
- Full Parent Webinar Presentation Deck English (PDF file, 1.9 MB)
- Full Parent Webinar Presentation Deck Welsh (PDF file, 2.1 MB)
- Webinar FAQs (PDF file, 332 KB)
- 5 fantastic reasons to become a GP (PDF file, 894 KB)
- Route to becoming a GP (PDF file, 627 KB)
- Reflective diary (PDF file, 2.1 MB)
- Observe GP
- Aspiring medics
Values and ethics activity sheets:
- Confidentiality (PDF file, 553 KB)
- Consultation and patient records (PDF file, 955 KB)
- Medical ethics (PDF file, 697 KB)
- NHS core values (PDF file, 1.1 MB)
Personal statement resources:
Other useful documents / videos to refer to:
- GP schools
- Transferrable skills
- GP and medical student discussion
- Do's and don'ts
- Information for teachers and career advisers
- Cardiff University guide
- Swansea University guide
RCGP Cymru Wales
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