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.

RCGP Wales Cluster Innovation Award – 'recognising innovation at the front line'

RCGP Wales are happy to announce the launch of the very first RCGP Wales Cluster Innovation Award!  This Award has been developed following feedback received from RCGP Advocates who have experienced first-hand the innovative work emerging from clusters across Wales.  We are keen to recognise and share cluster projects that have made a beneficial impact to the community they serve.  The top two finalists will be invited to the RCGP Wales Gala Awards Winter Ball 2019 in November, when the winner will be announced. 

If you have been actively engaged in cluster projects that have made a beneficial impact to the community they serve, we encourage you to submit an entry by completing this Cluster Innovation 2019 Entry Form [PDF] and returning it to jennie.pilkington@rcgp.org.uk by Friday 31 May 2019.

RCGP Wales Newsletter 2018

Read the October 2018 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.

News from RCGP Wales 22 March 2019

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 programme was launched in 2011 by RCGP Wales and is open to all GPs in Wales: First 5s, Locums, Partners, Salaried GPs and OOH GPs working in primary care.

To apply GPs need to be:

  • Ready to learn more about themselves in a local leadership context
  • Committed to service change in Wales
  • Willing to embrace and lead change
  • Personally ambitious

The programme philosophy of learning through experience uses integrated development methods and a variety of individual and group settings, both of which focus on practical applications which has proved highly successful with the past 5 cohorts.

The first North Wales 'Leaders for the Future' Programme 2018/2019, began in September 2018 and will through to July 2019.

Applications for the next South Wales Leadership Programme will open in April 2019.

If you are interested in expressing an interest in the 2019 South Wales Leadership Programme or require further information on the RCGP Wales Leaders for the Future Programme please email lesley.hills@rcgp.org.uk or telephone 020 3188 7759.

Quotes from those who have used the training resource: 

Debbie Smithson, Practice Manager for Llanfair Surgery, Llandovery reported after testing the training resource:

"Success on a plate! The website presentation is easy on the eye, concise, user friendly, informative and professional".

Michelle Roberts, Practice Manager from Meddygfa Betws y Coed commented:

"Looks a really good training resource for staff and GPs. Interesting and very clear resource to use and understand".

If you have any questions about the Health and Work Training Resource, contact us via email at Lesley.hills@rcgp.org.uk or telephone 020 3188 7759

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

Transforming general practice front cover

A shortage of GPs, rising patient demand and continued under-investment in general practice has resulted in significant pressure being placed on general practice and primary care. 

A new 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.

The report puts forward a series of recommendations to improve general practice for the benefit of doctors, patients and the wider health service. Underpinning these recommendations is a call for general practice to receive 11% of the total NHS budget to enable the transformation that is required.

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.

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 Publications

Campaign 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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