RCGP Northern Ireland

NI Executive members

  • Dr Grainne Doran
  • Dr Laurence Dorman
  • Dr Colin Fitzpatrick
  • Dr John Goodrich
  • Dr Keith McCollum
  • Dr Rose McCullagh
  • Dr Siobhan McEntee
  • Dr Peter Ryan

NI Council members

  • Dr John Goodrich. Northern Area Representative (also deputy Chair Business & Finance)
  • Dr Miriam Dolan. Rural Representative
  • Dr Jonathan Stewart. AiT Representative
  • Dr Katie Henderson. Deputy AiT Representative
  • Dr Rebecca McGinley. Belfast Area Representative
  • Dr Emma Murtagh. Belfast Area Representative
  • Dr Ursula Mason. Belfast Area Representative
  • Dr Paul Molloy. Western Area Representative
  • Dr Martina Molloy. Western Area Representative
  • Professor Frank Dobbs. Northern Area Representative    
  • Dr Waqar Ahmed. Sessional GP Representative    
  • Dr Grainne Doran. South Eastern Area Representative (also Chair)    
  • Dr Louise Sands. South Eastern Area Representative 
  • Dr Laurence Dorman. Southern Area Representative (also deputy Chair of Policy)
  • Dr Adrienne Keown. Southern Area Representative    
  • Dr Philip Lusty. Southern Area Representative
  • Dr Paul Molloy. GPC Representative
  • Dr Claire Loughrey. NIMDTA Representative
  • Dr Nigel Hart. Academic Representative    
  • Ms Karen Mooney. Patient Group Chair
  • Dr Brendan O'Shea. RCGP ROI & ICGP Representative
  • Dr Frew Johnston. Northern Area Representative
  • Dr Karen Walsh. Western Area Representative

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 1300 members in Northern Ireland, accounting for over 80% of all Northern Ireland GPs.

Activities of RCGPNI include:

  • Representation on health committees and working groups
  • Provision of clinical leads
  • 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
  • Development and implementation of RCGP quality programmes
  • Support for practice based staff
  • Provision of CPD courses and events


The Royal College of General Practitioners Northern Ireland was established in 1953, one year after the College in the UK. A Northern Ireland Faculty was created to take forward RCGP's interests in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Faculty was so productive that on 1 April 2003 it progressed to become a Council.

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 Grainne Doran.

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

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 at least one week in advance of the meeting to the NI Finance & Council Coordinator, Bronagh McCann.

For more information please contact Bronagh.McCann@rcgp.org.uk

Northern Ireland Council Executive Committee

RCGP Northern Ireland Council Executive Committee is a sub group of RCGPNI Council and includes the positions of:

  • Chair
  • Deputy Chair Policy
  • Deputy Chair Business and Finance
  • Chairs' Nomination
  • Executive Member for Quality
  • Executive Member for Education and Professional Development
  • Executive Member for Patients and Public
  • Executive Member for Membership

The RCGPNI working groups feed into the RCGP Northern Ireland Council Executive Committee who ensure that RCGPNI Council are kept fully informed of ongoing activity by the working groups via council papers or, where time frames prohibit, by email.

For more information please contact Bronagh.McCann@rcgp.org.uk

Put patients first, back general practice campaign

Visit our dedicated campaign website for more information on what is happening in Northern Ireland.

RCGPNI Publications

RCGP Northern Ireland GP of the Year Award 2019

Quality patient care is a priority for RCGP Northern Ireland, and it is important to recognise general practice at its best.

The GP of the Year Award, which commends GPs for the difference they make to their patients lives, is nominated by members of the public who feel that their GP has provided them with an outstanding level of care above and beyond the call of duty.

From the nominations received a list of finalists including the runners up and winner are chosen by the Royal College of GPs Northern Ireland Patients in Practice Group.

The winner of the GP of the Year 2018 was Dr Andrew Jackson from Greenroad Medical Practice.

The 2019 competition is now closed.

RCGP Northern Ireland Practice of the Year Award 2019

This year RCGPNI want to celebrate the hard work of GP Practices. The patient nominated award will be presented to the Practice that has made an outstanding contribution to the life of their patient and have gone above and beyond to provide excellent patient care.

The winner will be chosen by the RCGPNI Patients in Practice Group.

All those who make a submission will be contacted regardless of the outcome of their nomination. Winners and nominators will also be informed and arrangements made for presentation of the Awards.

The winner of Practice of the Year 2018 was Ormeau Park Surgery.

The 2019 competition is now closed.

RCGPNI Student Awards 2019

First Prize £100 & Two Runner Up Prizes £75

Three awards are available for students who have completed a voluntary general practice elective between 1 January 2019 – 31 August 2019.

The 2019 competition is now closed.

RCGPNI First5 Travel Bursary 2019

The bursary is designed to provide First5 who have recently completed their training to enhance their knowledge by attending educational courses or providing support for research projects. Deadline is 31 July 2019 at 5pm.

The 2019 competition is now closed.

RCGP Northern Ireland e-Digest

RCGPNI produces an e-newsletter which keeps members informed of its work as well as upcoming events and opportunities to get involved. This is distributed on a weekly basis. 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 NICouncil@rcgp.org.uk. You can manage your subscriptions at My RCGP.

Committees and Groups of RCGPNI

Quality Committee

The RCGPNI Quality Committee is a sub group of the RCGPNI Council. The Quality Committee meets four times per year to:

Take forward existing and new quality initiatives on behalf of the Northern Ireland Council Manage and develop quality initiatives to improve the standard of patient care and services in GP practices Influence activity and policy in Northern Ireland that impacts on the quality and standards of primary care.

The current work of the Committee includes:

The promotion of the Model Practice Framework as part of the 10 Year Strategy

The delivery of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans patient guidelines

The Royal College of GPs in Northern Ireland (RCGPNI) have produced guidelines for family doctors to support them in delivering care to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans patients.

The work was commissioned by the Public Health Agency NI and the development and design of the guidelines has involved members of the LGB&T community, The Rainbow Project, HereNI, SAIL, The Regional Gender & Identity Clinic, GPs, Nurses, Consultants and lay patient representatives who have an interest in Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland.

To find out more about the work of the Quality Committee contact:

Email: Jill.Brennan@rcgp.org.uk
Phone: 020 3188 7722

RCGP Out of Hours Accreditation in the Republic of Ireland in partnership with the Irish College of GPs

RCGP Northern Ireland and the Irish College of General Practitioners, assisted by expert working groups, have worked together to create a suitable Out of Hours Accreditation programme for both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which is now available.

The Accreditation process focuses on establishing that the service has implemented the policies and procedures to deliver a safe and quality service to the patients, measuring the provider's performance against 73 criteria set at three levels:

  • Essential Practice Criteria
  • Good Practice Criteria
  • Quality Practice Criteria

On attaining the Accreditation it is valid for a period of 3 years. Previous versions of the Accreditation are no longer valid.

For more information Out of Hours providers located in Northern Ireland should contact the RCGPNI office at 020 3188 7722.

Alternatively, if you are a provider in the Republic of Ireland please contact the Irish College of General Practitioners for more information. 

RCGPNI Members' Forum

The Members' Forum brings together representatives from across the membership spectrum in Northern Ireland and is reflective of geographical spread of GPs throughout the province as well as the wide range of ages and stages within a GPs lifetime and associated needs. Membership is also reflective of the sessional and rural GP population within Northern Ireland and the educational needs of GPs.

The role of the Forum 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' Forum please contact Michelle.Newell@rcgp.org.uk

Patient Group membership opportunities

If you want to be involved in the Patient Group, on behalf of patients in Northern Ireland, and continue enhancing the quality of services delivered by GPs read more.

Associates in Training and First5 Representatives

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 Jonathan Stewart.

Your First5 representative is Dr Nicola Topping.

Should you want to get in touch with the National First5 committee please contact first5@rcgp.org.uk

If you want to get in touch with the central AiT committee please contact aitcommittee@rcgp.org.uk

If you have any suggestions of topics which interest you, please contact Michelle.Newell@rcgp.org.uk

RCGPNI Undergraduate Medical Champions

The Undergarduate 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 or if you have any questions please contact Michelle.Newell@rcgp.org.uk

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 Michelle.Newell@rcgp.org.uk or on 020 3188 7722 .

Continuing Professional Development

RCGPNI provide an educational programme during the course of the year with concessional rates for members. Please use the website events search function to find a course for you and book online. Information is also available in the monthly member e-newsletter. If you have any suggestions for future events or courses, please contact Jill.Brennan@rcgp.org.uk

Links to information on other RCGP Northern Ireland groups and activity including

Contact us

4 Cromac Place
Ormeau Road

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

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