West Scotland

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 here.

RCGP members can also email our dedicated COVID-19 inbox with feedback and questions regarding Coronavirus. This will allow us to provide feedback to the relevant authorities and help us populate our COVID-19 FAQs. Email: Covid19@rcgp.org.uk.

Welcome from West Scotland Faculty

A warm welcome from West Scotland Faculty. We are a group of volunteer RCGP members who provide local networking, education and support for members in the area. We cover Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Arran, Forth Valley and Dumfries and Galloway, supporting over 2000 RCGP members and their peers. As a Faculty, we have a particular interest in supporting our members' CPD and professional development and provide a range of education courses, tailored to local needs, as well as a number of bursaries and awards to support and recognise innovation and development.

Get involved

We meet four times per year, in February, June, September and November, to progress our local engagement activities and discuss issues pertinent to our members, which are then fed back to the College Council. All local members are very welcome to attend Board meetings and participate in these discussions – we are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help us develop our local engagement programme. Our next meeting will be held on Monday 8 June 2020 at House 2, GPPC, University of Glasgow, 124 Observatory Road, Glasgow.

Our AGM and Fulton took place on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at the Wolfson Medical School Building with Prof John Gillies as the keynote speaker.

Upcoming events

We run many education courses and social/networking events throughout the year. Many of these contribute to CPD and professional development.

View all learning and social events in West Scotland

Our blog

Read our blog to find out more about our key projects, local events and highlights of our work.

Your Faculty Board

Faculty Officers

Dr Jim McKinlay. Faculty Chair
Dr Jim McKinlay. Chair and Scottish Council Representative

Dr Paul Ryan. Faculty Provost
Dr Paul Ryan. Provost and UK Council Representative

  • Dr Allison Law - Honorary Secretary
  • Dr John Thompson - Honorary Treasurer
  • Prof Lindsey Pope - Vice Chair

Faculty Board Members

  • Dr Brian Robson ((Scottish Council Representative and Deputy UK Council Representative)
  • Dr Chris McHugh (Deputy Scottish Council Representative)
  • Dr Susan Thornborrow (MEG Representative)
  • Dr Sian Ashby (International Representative)
  • Dr Monica McGeough (First5 Lead)
  • Dr Lynsey Yeoman
  • Dr Punam Krishan
  • Dr Margaret Thompson
  • Dr Susan Gibson-Smith
  • Professor Frances Mair
  • Professor Jill Morrison
  • Professor Graham Watt
  • Dr Margaret McCartney
  • Dr Samir Shukla
  • Dr John Kyle
  • Dr Trudy Foster
  • Dr Joe Daly
  • Dr Precious Osadolor
  • Dr Victoria McGill
  • Dr Rachael Allan
  • Dr Gorkem Hamali (AiT Representative)
  • Dr Jack Kildare (AiT Representative)
  • Dr Farihah Tariq (AiT Representative)
  • Stella Macpherson (Lay Representative)
  • Elaine Deary (Practice Manager Representative)
  • Joanne Anderson (Practice Nurse Representative)
  • Dr Dylan George (GUGPS Representative)

Faculty News

All members are invited to attend board meetings. If you would like to discuss any item covered or would like an item to be considered at a future meeting, please contact us.

The links below are the reports from our 2019 AGM:

Faculty Initiatives

Bursaries Available

Our academic conference bursaries application process is now closed for this year and the winner has been notified. We look forward to reading the reports in future faculty newsletters.

Faculty Community Prize

This prize is presented to the University of Glasgow 4th or 5th year medical student who has made the most significant contribution to the community whilst a student at the University. The 2017 prize was awarded to Alistair Carr, a student at Glasgow University. Following his GP placement on Islay, Alistair formed the Glasgow University Remote and Rural Medicine Society - GURRMS. Alistair has won £250 prize money and will be presented with a certificate later this year.

Retired Doctors' Forum

Details of the 2018/19 programme below: 

The first meeting of the West of Scotland Retired GP Group for 2018/19 on 9 October 2018 welcomed Dr Alan McDevitt, who talked to the group about the principles behind the new GP contract. At the second meeting of the Group on 12 November 2018, former MSP and Shadow Minister for Public Health, Prof Richard Simpson presented his talk about being an MSP. Sir Keneth Calman closed the Retired GP Group 2018/19 programme on 26 February 2019 with his talk on Literature and Medicine.

RCGP West Scotland Faculty International Primary Care Network (IPCN)

The Faculty's International Primary Care Network (IPCN) was formally launched in May 2015, by the Faculty’s International Representative Dr David Blane. The current focus of the IPCN is on running a series of global health-related CPD events, which also provide networking opportunities for this fledgling 'community of interest'. There is a small steering group and a dedicated email list of over a hundred GPs in the West of Scotland who are kept updated on relevant news and events related to global health in the region. If you are interested in finding out more about the IPCN, or would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the faculty officeRead more information about IPCN.

James Scobbie Award

This is awarded to the West of Scotland trainee who has scored the highest in their Applied Knowledge Test (AKT) in the preceding twelve months. It commemorates the professional career of Dr James Scobbie. The winner of the 2019 prize is Dr Carwyn Watkins. The presentation will be made at our Annual Fulton Lecture.

Stuart Murray Prize

This is awarded to the West of Scotland trainee who has scored the highest in their Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) in the preceding twelve months. It recognises the contribution of Professor Stuart Murray to general practice education in the West of Scotland. The winner of the 2019 prize is Dr Ruairidh Watson. The presentation will be made at our Annual Fulton Lecture. 

New GP Website

New GPs in Scotland have launched an innovative website. The website has been launched by new GPs in Scotland for recently qualified GPs in Scotland. The website incorporates links from other key organisations in Scotland and brings together appropriate information from a host of relevant organisations including RCGP. This new and innovative website includes local content, events, jobs and clinical tools relevant to new GPs in Scotland. The website can be viewed at www.newgpscotland.com

Contact us

RCGP West of Scotland Faculty
1 Horselethill Road
G12 9LX

T: 0141 337 3268 / 330 7546
E: wscotland@rcgp.org.uk

Opening hours

Office opening hours: 09:00 – 15:00 Monday, 09:00 – 14:00 Tuesday, 09:00 – 16:00 Wednesday, 10:00 – 15:00 Thursday and Friday

Your local Faculty Administrators are Diana Lints and Ruth Anderson 

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