RCGP Wales

About RCGP Wales

The Royal College of General Practitioners Wales represents a network of around 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.

Our activities in Wales include:

  • Supporting the setting of standards and clinical guidelines for clinical care
  • Delivering CPD and educational opportunities
  • Representing our members 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

Chair's Blog 24 January 2020

Dr Mair Hopkin, Joint Chair, RCGP Wales 

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

RCGP Wales Newsletter Summer 2019 Edition

RCGP Wales Newsletter Summer 2019 EditionRead the Summer 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 current programme commenced in October 2019.

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

RCGP Wales Schools Outreach Activities

Over 60 schools across Wales have expressed an interest in participating in the RCGP Wales schools outreach initiative.  Could you spare a couple of hours to deliver a career talk to interested pupils on becoming a GP and pathways into medical school. Be part of something enjoyable and rewarding. See more details here.

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.org.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

    All Wales Confirmed Forthcoming Events [PDF]

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. 

RCGP Wales ThriveGP! Award 2020

The ThriveGP! competition is an annual Award to be presented to a GP in Wales. Recipients need to demonstrate 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.

For more information on the entry guidelines and for the 2020 application form, please see below:

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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