RCGP Wales

The primary purpose of the college in Wales is to facilitate the provision of high quality medical care by promoting and supporting general practice and general practitioners. In 1997 Welsh Health care became the responsibility of the Welsh Government and so RCGP Wales focuses particularly on that which is relevant to Wales.

What we do

Working with Welsh Assembly Members, Local Health Boards and the Welsh Government, our activities include:

  • Delivering training courses and other educational activities
  • Raising the quality of patient care through quality initiatives and awards, for example, the RCGP Certificates in Substance Misuse
  • Responding to government consultations and representing GPs and our members in particular, on Welsh Government working groups - including the GP National Specialist Advisory Group (NSAG)
  • Encouraging research in general practice to improve the evidence base for standards and guidance on best practice
  • Supporting the setting of standards and clinical guidelines for clinical care
  • Supporting members by providing opportunities for doctors to network and share ideas, including the RCGP Wales Annual Conference and with the Wales Mental Health in Primary Care Network (WaMH in PC) which is currently supporting Welsh Government with the implementation of the Mental Health (Wales) Measure
  • We run a Twitter page at RCGP Wales Twitter and a Facebook Page at RCGP Wales Facebook. We use these pages to inform members and colleagues in allied professions what is currently topical in RCGP Wales as well comment on issues of the day. Members and colleagues are free to respond to these posts with comments and have their say.

Chair's Blog 12 July 2019

Dr Mair Hopkin, Joint Chair, RCGP Wales 

View the blog from Dr Mair Hopkin, Joint Chair RCGP Wales [PDF]


Thrive GP! Competition

General practice faces an ever-growing number of challenges. Yet GPs themselves have shown time and time again how such challenges can be met and overcome. Either collaboratively or alone, GPs demonstrate skills in resilience that enable them to continue delivering high quality care.

‘Thrive GP’ is an annual award which will be given to a GP in Wales. The award will be presented at the RCGP Wales Annual Gala Awards Evening. Recipients will need to have demonstrated what mechanisms they use to achieve an appropriate work life balance and how this has contributed to their ability to thrive on a day to day basis.

The prize of a day’s entry to the RCGP Annual Conference together with a family entry ticket to Folly Farm in West Wales will be made for the best submission. 

The competition for 2019 is now closed, and the results will be posted here in due course.

RCGP Wales Newsletter April 2019

RApril 2019 Coveread the April 2019 edition of the RCGP Wales Newsletter [PDF]

Would you like to submit an article for publication in a future edition of the RCGP Wales Newsletter? If so, please email tony.lawrence@rcgp.org.uk in the first instance.


Leaders for the Future

Leaders for the Future is an established RCGP Accredited Programme which produces GP leaders with clear vision and purpose, able to voice opinions and influence policy.

The next programme commences in October 2019.

 Read further details [PDF], or email lesley.hills@rcgp.org.uk or telephone 020 3188 7759.


RCGP Wales Advocate Programme

Advocate_Programme_Cover_ImageThe RCGP Wales Advocate Programme commenced in October 2017. There are seven experienced GPs acting as Advocates supporting the work of the College in Wales and helping to identify and develop strategic healthcare planning at LHB level. The GPs are available to support Health Boards providing a link to wider networks and sharing expertise and advice to inform service development. They work at both cluster and management level and are able to access examples of good practice in patient safety and quality, and access established networks and resources to share expertise and offer problem-solving advice. They are a valuable resource for NHS Wales.
Read more information about the Advocates Programme [PDF], and/or contact andrew.evans@rcgp.or.g.uk


Transforming general practice: building a profession fit for the future report 

This report by RCGP Wales, Transforming general practice: building a profession fit for the future [PDF] Trawsnewid Ymarfer Meddygol [PDF] draws on our members' experiences of working in general practice to outline the key challenges facing the service.

RCGP Wales Essential Principles – GP Leadership at the heart of new models of care

Essential Principles outlines what RCGP Wales believes underpins change in general practice and primary care. Contact, continuity, coordinating and comprehensive care are long-established principles, and revisiting them can help build services fit for the future. As we move towards new models of care, it's important we remember what has made general practice such an integral part of the NHS.

RCGP Wales is delighted to publish 'Essential Principles'. As GPs we all are seeing changes in the way we work and it's absolutely vital that change builds in the best that general practice can bring and promotes the interests of patients.

    Download the Essential Principles Guide [PDF]Essential_Principles_Guide

Strengthening General Practice in Wales

The Welsh Government has significant opportunities to formulate its plans to safeguard the quality and sustainability of the Welsh NHS. RCGP Wales has issued a document that sets out key actions that must be taken to help equip the NHS in Wales.

Other Areas of Interest    

    RCGP Wales Loneliness Action Plan [PDF]Tackling Loneliness Action Plan

Other updates

RCGP Wales Patient Group - an introduction

The RCGP Wales Patient Group is an active and important part of the Royal College of General Practitioners in Wales, highlighting patient views and interests. 

Local Faculties

In addition to a base in Cardiff, the College in Wales is represented through three regional faculty offices in South West Wales, South East Wales and North Wales.


If you have any questions about the Advance Care Planning Training Resource, contact us via email at Lesley.Hills@rcgp.org.uk or telephone 020 3188 7759.

Contact us

RCGP Wales
4th Floor
Cambrian Buildings
Mount Stuart Square
Cardiff Bay
CF10 5FL

T: 020 3188 7757
E: welshc@rcgp.org.uk

The office is open from 08:30-17:00

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