Archive | RCGP

RCGP Conference

conference_banner_234x60The full programme for the RCGP Conference (November 5-7, in Glasgow) is now available from the conference website.

Of particular interest to rural members, is session B6, which will mark the official launch of the RCGP Rural Forum.  We’ll provide more details asap.

Other events in the conference programme should prove interesting for rural colleagues too – it’s jam-packed with presentations, workshops and of course OOH sessions – dinners, jamming sessions, Curry & Karaoke (if you want to join the trainees!) and loads more.  We’ve recently heard that the NHS Scotland Clinical Skills Van will be available – full details awaited.

We hope to see you there!

(COI: I’m Conference Lead for the AiT programme).

Continue Reading ·

Malcolm Ward: RCGP Council Elections

Ballot papers are now out for electing the next RCGP UK Council.  Malcolm Ward, chair of the RCGP Rural Forum is standing for a place on the council, and his statement is copied below.  If any other nominees wish to state their intentions for the advancement of rural issues, we will be happy to host their statements too.

malcolmA key objective will be to raise the profile of rural medicine in the United Kingdom through education, research and the dissemination of good practice in rural health care. I have had over a decade of experience in working constructively with the Department of Health, RCGP, PSNC, the RPSGB, and other agencies through my past roles as a co-opted negotiator for the GPC and chair of the DDA.  I feel this experience  will enable me to be a useful contributor, not only to promoting good practice in rural healthcare, but to the wider aspirations of the College.”

Malcolm Ward

If you’re a member of the RCGP, look out for your ballot paper.  Every vote counts!

Continue Reading ·

Revalidation for Rural Practitioners

reval_guideThe RCGP have just released their Guide to the Revalidation of General Practitioners. It’s a must-read given that the GMC plans to phase in its strategy for relicensing and revalidation in 2009.  Whilst the document itself doesn’t specifically address issues of revalidation in rural/remote practice, there is work going on – including within the RCGP Rural Forum – to represent these concerns at national level.


We’ll report on the key updates, including any opportunities to get involved with the Rural Forum’s work on this.  Meantime, the NHS Revalidation Support Team is worth looking at.  If you’re keen to contribute to the process, contact us at and we can put you in touch with the relevant people.


Continue Reading ·