RCGP 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.

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.


What we do

Our work includes:

  • Developing initiatives on behalf of members in Scotland
  • Commenting on how UK initiatives and developments will affect Scottish general practice
  • Ensuring that RCGP Scotland continues to be a leading player in primary care development within Scotland
  • Listening to and working with patients, external agencies and members to help deliver the highest standards of general medical practice and excellence in patient care.

How we work

We have four key committees:

  • Scottish Council is the main, democratically elected governance committee, which develops and takes forward strategy for RCGP Scotland
  • Executive Board is a committee of executive officers which meets to prepare discussion and decision material for Council, monitor our work and develop new initiatives or responds to changes in current activities.
  • Scottish AiT and First5 Committee is the representative committee for AiTs and First5s in Scotland, and contributes to the work of Scottish Council and RCGP Scotland.
  • Patient Partnership in Practice (P³), our patient group to represent the patient voice in Scotland, developing ideas and leading activities that encourage GPs to work in partnership most effectively with patients and the public and ensuring the activities of the College respond to patient needs.

RCGP Scotland AiT and First5 Committee

The RCGP Scotland AiT and First5 committee was formed in January 2016 as one of the governance committees of RCGP Scotland.

The committee consists of one AiT and one First5 representative from the five Scottish faculties, four ballot members, elected by the membership in Scotland and one additional member, recommended by the committee Chair.

The committee was formed as a sub-committee of RCGP Scottish Council, which it reports directly to and is governed by. The aim of the committee is to give a voice to the future of general practice by discussing areas of policy and membership that directly affect AiTs and First5. The chair of the committee is a member of Scottish Council as well as the RCGP Scotland Membership Engagement Group.

Over the past two years the committee has produced papers relating to GP training and Out of Hours. These can be found below. Its current priorities are trainee and First5 well-being, welcome and transition events for AiTs and First5s and the primary-secondary care interface, which it will be investigating in conjunction with the RCGP Scotland Executive Officer for Interface and Out of Hours Working.

The committee welcomes any input from members across Scotland and can be contacted at: infoscotland@rcgp.org.uk

If your query is specific to one particular faculty or individual, please include this in the subject line so that it can be appropriately dealt with.

RCGP Scotland AiT and First5 Committee

The 4th RCGP Scotland AiT and First5 Committee is as follows:

  • Chair - Dr Ciara Drummond
  • Deputy Chair - Dr Joy Ngai
  • North East AiT Representative - Dr Emer Pringle
  • North East First5 Representative - Dr Douglas Naismith
  • South East AiT Representative - Dr Katherina Tober
  • South East First5 Representative - Dr Sukhdeep Gill
  • West AiT Representative - Dr Gorkem Hamali
  • West First5 Representative - Dr Monica McGeough
  • East AiT Representative - Dr Mohamed Elseedawy
  • East First5 Representative - Dr Eilidh O'Neil
  • North AiT Representative - Dr Owain Prys-Jones
  • North First5 Representative - Dr Daniel Simpson
  • AiT Ballot - Dr Joy Ngai
  • AiT Ballot - Dr Lloyd Hughes
  • First5 Ballot - Dr John Kyle
  • First5 Ballot - Dr Ciara Drummond
  • Additional Member - Dr Andrew Strain

Anticipatory Care Planning in Care Homes

Dr Andrew Mackay is a previous winner of the RCGP Bright Ideas Award for his work on supporting the creation of high quality ACPs within care homes. The COVID-19 pandemic has in many ways made these often difficult, but hugely valuable discussions, more difficult to undertake. The following resources aim to support GPs with carrying out high quality Anticipatory Care Planning conversations with care home residents both in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.


Our activities and initiatives

Effective Interface


Leadership for Integration

Leadership for Integration is a package of leadership development support for primary and social care professionals to support them to deliver the integration agenda. For any queries about this programme, please email Susan.bennett@rcgp.org.uk.

Returning to General Practice in Scotland

To help GPs who have been out of active practice or who have been working outside the UK and are considering returning or coming to work in Scottish General Practice, NHS Education Scotland offers two distinct programmes: the Scotland GP Returner programme and the Scotland GP Enhanced Induction Programme. You may be eligible for either programme which will be tailored around individual learning needs assessments. These programmes are funded by the Scottish Government, providing applicants with a salary to support them whilst on the programme. More information about the programmes and other important information is available on the NHS Education for Scotland's National Returner Programme.


RCGP Scotland Publications


GP Recruitment – Non GP Trainee Survey Report

In addressing the challenges of recruitment to general practice and to meaningfully promote general practice as a career, it is important for us to have as wide an understanding as possible of the factors which influence doctors' choice of specialty. To add to the existing evidence and broaden our understanding of why current Specialty Trainees in Scotland did not choose general practice, RCGP Scotland conducted a survey in 2017 to explore what had influenced their choice of specialty.

The results from this survey once again highlight the importance of the experience at undergraduate and foundation training levels in influencing career choice. It further emphasises how attachments to general practice are essential to enhancing GP recruitment and how we, as GPs, can significantly influence recruitment to our specialty given the opportunity. 


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Email: infoscotland@rcgp.org.uk
Telephone: 020 3188 7730

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