Congratulations to Dr John Gillies, former chair of RCGP Scotland and strong supporter of rural general practice – not just in Scotland but internationally – for his award of an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List.
John has sustained a longstanding interest in the contributions of Scottish rural practice to the wider development of the quality and community-focussed healthcare delivered in general practice. His support for initiatives such as the GP Rural Fellowship Scheme has been instrumental to their success, and I have personally benefited from John’s mentorship on several occasions, including most recently at the WONCA World Rural Health Conference in Dubrovnik.
Miles Mack, Chair of RCGP Scotland, said: “I would like to congratulate Dr Gillies, both personally and in my role as Chair of RCGP Scotland, for his recognition in the New Years Honours List. This award is richly deserved, recognising his work over many years as a GP partner, academic and leader.
“In his time leading RCGP Scotland John Gillies defined the role of modern general practice in his paper The Essence of General Practice, broadening the discussion to include compassion as a key attribute in healthcare. As one consequence of this, all Scottish medical students at graduation now receive a copy of a volume of poetry, Tools of the Trade, produced by the Scottish Poetry Library and RCGP Scotland and edited by John.
“His work has been invaluable as RCGP Scotland seeks to ensure general practice is fit for the future. He continues his influential work in international health care with Edinburgh University and his impact on Scottish healthcare will continue to build through his new role as Depute Director of the Scottish School of Primary Care.”