RCGP Scotland

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 three key committees:

  • Scottish Council is the main 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 respond to changes in current activities.
  • 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.
  • Go here to view the RCGP Scotland operational plan 2015-2016 [PDF].

RCGP Scotland Council meeting dates for 2016 are:

  • Saturday 20 February, 10:30, 25 Queen Street, Edinburgh
  • Saturday 11 June, 10:30, 25 Queen Street, Edinburgh
  • Saturday 17 September, 10:30, 25 Queen Street, Edinburgh
  • Saturday 12 November (including AGM), 10:00, 25 Queen Street, Edinburgh

Both committees are led by the Chair of RCGP Scotland, Dr Miles Mack.


Our publications

Our activities and initiatives

Leadership for Integration

Leadership for Integration is a new package of leadership learning support, developed by RCGP Scotland, NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Social Services Council, designed specifically for primary and social care leaders working in localities or health and social care partnerships to reshape, develop and deliver integrated care. Leadership for Integration is particularly aimed at GP clinical leads and middle or senior managers in statutory, third or independent social care organisations.

The activities in the Leadership for Integration package comprise:

You as a Collaborative Leader; and

Collaborative Leadership in Practice

These activities are complementary and learners may apply to participate in one or both of these programmes, depending on their needs and role within integration.

Further information on the Leadership for Integration programmes can be found on the Knowledge Hub

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I have to attend 'You as a Collaborative Leader' to be considered for the 'Collaborative Leadership in Practice' programme?

No, however if you have not done any leadership development previously, you would probably find it beneficial to undertake both programmes, however this depends upon your own development needs.

  • Can a GP Nurse or Practice Manager apply?

Yes, if a GP Nurse or Practice Manager has a role in shaping and developing integrated services and require leadership development, they should consider applying.

  • My role cuts across the primary care and secondary care interface rather than the health and social care interface, can I apply?

Yes, if your role has whole systems impact, you can apply. 


Developing Leadership from Primary Care

The RCGP Scotland and NES joint leadership project explored how to enable and develop the leadership skills of the independently contracted professions.

The project initially gathered intelligence and produced recommendations, including the need to create the conditions required to enable leadership from primary care and recommendations about the ideal framework for primary care leadership development. There were a number of gaps identified in the provision of leadership development for primary care independently contracted professions, which were prioritised and options to fill them were considered.

 Outcomes of the project include:

  • Development of a Practice Based Small Group Learning (PBSGL) leadership module entitled ‘Leadership issues in primary care and beyond’, which is also available to Pharmacists, Practice Nurses and teams;
  • A webinar with the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) ‘Values Based Leadership for General Practice ’;
  • Creation of a template to support discussion at the GP appraisal interview for GPs with a positional leadership role beyond the reaches of their own practice;
  • A testing of Action Learning Sets with an ‘in situ’ extended practice team willing to undertake action learning around a ‘live problem’ for that team;
  • Influencing the recruitment of primary care practitioners to the already available strategic leadership development programmes, specifically ‘Playing to your Strengths’;
  • Submission of a proposal to develop a tripartite leadership programme in conjunction with NES and the Scottish Social Services Council aimed at leadership development focused on integrated working;
  • Scoping of a course targeted at practitioners who do not have a positional leadership role outwith their own practice


RCGP Scotland awards

Treating Access a toolkit for GP practices to improve their patients access to primary care

Developing a Quality Framework for Scottish General Practice  RCGP Scotland and Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) have collaborated over the past 6 months (January - June 2014) to facilitate a working group to create a Quality Framework to drive quality improvement in Scottish General Practice and to support both RCGP Scotland and Healthcare Improvement Scotland objectives.

The strategic working document describes existing quality improvement activities within general practice, determines where any gaps might be and makes a number of recommendations for future priorities. 

The joint working group included representation from the British Medical Association, NHS Education for Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Scottish Government, RCGP Scotland, practice nursing, practice management and lay representation.

The following recommendations are considered high priority by the working group, though time-lines have not been added to these recommendations as the responsible bodies will require time to consider this. The working group will review the actions within the next 12 months.

Recommendations Action by
Development of a set of standards for General Practice to use in self assessment and peer review HIS/RCGP Scotland
Creation of a guidance document of available resources for developing quality in General Practice.
These resources would include:
• Updated Treating Access Toolkit
• Supported Self Management of Long Term Conditions
• Effective interface between primary and secondary care and health and social care
HIS/RCGP Scotland

RCGP Scotland
Person-Centred Team
HIS/RCGP Scotland/Scottish Government/NES
Provision of Quality Improvement advice, support and training for General Practice, including data interpretation and facilitation skills Scottish Government/QuEST/RCGP Scotland/HIS/NES/Health Boards
Increased patient involvement and engagement at practice level Scottish Government/RCGP Scotland/HIS (Scottish Health Council)
Increased awareness of community resources and assets for General Practice Scottish Government/RCGP Scotland/Third Sector
Development of Evidence Based Guidance for patients with multi morbidities HIS (SIGN)/RCGP Scotland/Scottish Government/CSO
Leadership development for quality improvement at practice, locality and health and social care partnership levels for GPs/Practice Nurses/Practice Managers Scottish Government/NES/RCGP Scotland/HIS (SPSP)
Create a public friendly version of the Framework HIS/RCGP Scotland

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 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 NHS Education for Scotland’s National Returner Programme.

Useful links

  • Carers resource a downloadable PDF and information sheet developed for GPs by P3, The Scottish Government and The Princes Royal Trust for Carers
  • SIGN - Evidence based clinical practice guidelines for the NHS
  • Information and resources for GPs on end of life care in Scotland
  • Visit the RCGP Videos YouTube channel, sessions from our recent successful conference, Compassion in Primary Healthcare: Politics, Conflicts and Opportunities. Organised by RCGP Scotland with the Primary Care Ethics Forum, The Royal Society of Medicine and the Think About Health Network this event provided a unique forum for practitioners to examine the delivery of compassionate care that is sustainable and meaningful.
  • On 11 June 2014, RCGP Scotland held a conference ‘Refreshing General Practice in Scotland: Essence Quality and Empowerment’, which explored the Essence of General Practice, Quality Improvement, Leadership and Communities.
    The conference comprised a range of keynote lectures and interactive workshops and was well received by delegates.
    For those who were unable to come or would like to listen to the speeches again, we have comprised an audio recording of the opening remarks, keynote lectures and closing remarks:

    Opening remarks from Mr Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing
    Keynote Speech from Dr John Gillies, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners in Scotland
    Keynote Speech from Dr Anna Stavdal, GP in Oslo and WONCA Europe Vice President
    Closing remarks from Dr Maureen Baker, Chair, RCGP.

Other information

We have a range of rooms available for hire in our city centre offices.

Room hire at RCGP Scotland in Edinburgh

Local Faculties

As well as a base in central Edinburgh, we have five regional faculty offices in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness.

Contact us

RCGP Scotland, 25 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JX

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

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