Top Tips For New Doctors – Dr Jey Selwyn

Top Tips For New Doctors – Dr Jey Selwyn

Following our series on Tip Tips for New Doctors, one of our College Tutors and Consultant Physician at Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Dr Jey Selwyn gave his own top tips on becoming a doctor.

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Obesity Action Scotland – changing lifestyles under COVID-19

Obesity Action Scotland – changing lifestyles under COVID-19

The Programme Lead at Obesity Action Scotland, Lorraine Tulloch, has written for the latest edition of membership magazine “voice”. You can read this below and College members can view the full edition of “voice” by logging into their online dashboard account.

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The pandemic and the College’s Heritage

The pandemic and the College’s Heritage

In the latest edition of our membership magazine “voice”, our College’s Deputy Head of Heritage, Ross McGregor discusses how the work of our Heritage team has adapted during lockdown. A copy of this is below and College Members can read the full magazine by logging into their online dashboard account.

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Cosmetic Surgery Certification Scheme has been refreshed to better suit your needs

Cosmetic Surgery Certification Scheme has been refreshed to better suit your needs

The Cosmetic Surgery Certification Scheme, which has been redeveloped by and is supported by all four surgical Royal Colleges alongside the relevant specialty associations, will provide you with accreditation for key competencies, demonstrating your expertise to patients and ultimately helping to make the cosmetic surgery industry safer.

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Professor Balram Bhargava Awarded the President’s Medal

Professor Balram Bhargava Awarded the President’s Medal

Our College awards the President’s Medal each year to mark outstanding work by one of our Members or Fellows. This year’s recipient was Balram Bhargava, Professor of Cardiology at All India Institute of Medical Sciences and was featured in the latest edition of our membership magazine “voice”. The feature is below and College Members can read the full magazine by logging into their online dashboard account.

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Royal College calls for greater uptake of flu vaccine amongst health and care workers

Royal College calls for greater uptake of flu vaccine amongst health and care workers

Special efforts should be made to increase the uptake of this year’s influenza vaccine amongst health and social care workers, says one of the UK’s leading medical bodies. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow says that getting more staff immunised is vital to ensuring that the NHS can effectively cope with the expected increase in demand that the health service will face this winter. The call comes the week after the UK government announced that it was to extend its flu immunisation scheme to include all those over 50, and the publication of a report by the Academy of Medical Sciences which identified a range of challenges likely to face the health and care system this winter, including:

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COVID-19: What’s next?

COVID-19: What’s next?

In a series of webinars, our college has examined what the impact of COVID-19 will be on the operation of NHS services, and what secondary public health challenges are emerging from this crisis. This feature has been taken from the latest edition of our membership magazine “voice”. College Members can read the full magazine by logging into their online dashboard account.

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From the President

From the President

In the latest edition of our membership magazine “voice”, our President Professor Jackie Taylor has written an update on her work on your behalf. The full update is below. College Members can read the full magazine by logging into their online dashboard account.

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MRCS Part A: September 2020

MRCS Part A: September 2020

The four Surgical Royal Colleges are pleased to announce that the September 2020 MRCS Part A examination will be delivered remotely as an online assessment. As a consequence, the capacity of this examination will no longer be limited by COVID-19 restrictions and candidates will be able to sit the examination without the requirement to travel to an examination centre. The format and syllabus of the examination will remain the same. The examination will take place on 15 September 2020 only; all candidates who have applied to sit the MRCS Part A in September, along with those who have been transferred from the April 2020 diet, will be accommodated on this date.

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ACCEA – Extension of Awards due to expire in April 2021

ACCEA – Extension of Awards due to expire in April 2021

Award holders of an Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Award (ACCEA) that expire on 1 April 2021 can apply for a one-year extension.

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Reporting of Deaths and Disease: Healthcare workers and COVID-19

Reporting of Deaths and Disease: Healthcare workers and COVID-19

Every doctor responsible for issuing a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death has a legal obligation to notify the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland as the Lord Advocate noted in his guidance of 15 May. In England and Wales deaths of cases in which ‘the registered medical practitioner suspects that the person’s death was due to … disease attributable to any employment held by the person’ should report the death to the Coroner. Unfortunately at the onset of the pandemic NHS guidance on excess COVID deaths and a BMJ editorial on COVID-19 death certification failed to mention this.

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COVID-19: International Media Update, 29 June 2020

COVID-19: International Media Update, 29 June 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our weekly international news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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Royal College welcomes first female Dean of Podiatric Medicine

Royal College welcomes first female Dean of Podiatric Medicine

Christine Skinner has taken up her post as Dean of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine following the faculty’s Annual General Meeting yesterday evening (Wednesday 24th June 2020). She is the first female Dean of the Faculty to be elected by its membership.

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COVID-19: International Media Update, 22 June 2020

COVID-19: International Media Update, 22 June 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our weekly international news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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Re-starting Examination Activity: Update

Re-starting Examination Activity: Update

We are now accepting applications for examinations to be held in September 2020 onwards as per the advertised opening/closing dates. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation we are currently working as a College, and in conjunction with our Intercollegiate partners, to identify ways to continue to deliver examinations whilst adhering to the relevant Government guidance. The safety of our candidates, examiners and staff is our key priority.

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College responds to report on the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups

College responds to report on the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups

Speaking following the publication of Public Health England’s report “Beyond the data: Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on BAME groups”, College President Professor Jackie Taylor welcomed the report, and called on government to quickly develop plans to implements the recommendations.

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The Virtual Doctors: Developing a Sustainable Telemedicine Service in Rural Africa

The Virtual Doctors: Developing a Sustainable Telemedicine Service in Rural Africa

In this blog, I want to tell you about the Virtual Doctors, a UK-based NGO that I have been volunteering with for the past 2 years. I also want to share the challenges that COVID-19 presents to the rural health centres that we support, within Zambia and Malawi.

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COVID-19: International Media Update, 15 June 2020

COVID-19: International Media Update, 15 June 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our weekly international news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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COVID-19: International Media Update, 8 June 2020

COVID-19: International Media Update, 8 June 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our weekly international news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BAME people in the UK

The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BAME people in the UK

Following the publication of “COVID-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes”, a new report by Public Health England (Tuesday 2nd June), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has called on government and NHS bodies to develop plans to understand and address this critical susceptibility as a matter of urgency.

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Obesity and COVID-19: are they linked?

Obesity and COVID-19: are they linked?

Our College has joined with Obesity Action Scotland to publish a joint briefing on the links between obesity and COVID-19. In this guest post, Obesity Action Scotland’s Christina Sabbagh gives the background.

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COVID-19: International Media Update, 30 May 2020

COVID-19: International Media Update, 30 May 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our weekly international news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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Enhanced care: new guidance on service development in the hospital setting

Enhanced care: new guidance on service development in the hospital setting

We are pleased to announce, in collaboration with the other Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK, the release of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine’s guidance for the development of Enhanced Care in the acute hospital setting.

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College to host top medical experts to learn leadership lessons of COVID-19

College to host top medical experts to learn leadership lessons of COVID-19

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow is bringing together some of the UK’s foremost health leaders for an online event on Tuesday 26th May to learn the leadership lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19: International Media Update, 16 May 2020

COVID-19: International Media Update, 16 May 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our weekly international news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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Latest coronavirus update for doctors and healthcare professionals – Friday 15 May 2020

Latest coronavirus update for doctors and healthcare professionals – Friday 15 May 2020

This is the latest blog from Jane Chiodini, our Dean of the Faculty of Travel Medicine.

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Colleges plan to resume surgical exams in September 2020

Colleges plan to resume surgical exams in September 2020

The Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations (ICBSE) and the four Surgical Royal Colleges are intending to resume examination activity for the MRCS and DO-HNS from September 2020, dependant on relevant Government and Scientific advice.

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College hosts expert session on doctors’ wellbeing

College hosts expert session on doctors’ wellbeing

The wellbeing of healthcare professionals will be pushed to the top of the policy agenda when the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow holds its next webinar tomorrow at 6pm GMT (Tuesday 12th May 2020).

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Today’s top COVID-19 news: Monday 11 May

Today’s top COVID-19 news: Monday 11 May

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows.

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COVID-19: International Media Update, 8 May 2020

COVID-19: International Media Update, 8 May 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our weekly international news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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Today’s top COVID-19 news: Thursday 7 May

Today’s top COVID-19 news: Thursday 7 May

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows.

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Position Statement on risks of health care workers contracting COVID-19 as part of their contact with patients

Position Statement on risks of health care workers contracting COVID-19 as part of their contact with patients

BAME individuals play an important part in supporting and providing our NHS wherever they work in the NHS. While every death in active service is important and regrettable, if these individuals are disproportionately affected specific steps to protect them may be necessary.

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COVID-19: looking after bereaved families

COVID-19: looking after bereaved families

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland (“the Scottish Academy”) has published new “ethical and practical principles” – in partnership with the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow – to ensure excellent care for bereaved families both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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College offers support to new “PPE Tsar” for England

College offers support to new “PPE Tsar” for England

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has joined with the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to write to Lord Paul Deighton, the newly appointed advisor to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on PPE.

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Today’s top COVID-19 news: Monday 4 May

Today’s top COVID-19 news: Monday 4 May

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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COVID-19: International Media Update, 2 May 2020

COVID-19: International Media Update, 2 May 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our weekly international news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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Today’s top COVID-19 news: Friday 1 May

Today’s top COVID-19 news: Friday 1 May

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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Today’s top COVID-19 news: Thursday 30 April

Today’s top COVID-19 news: Thursday 30 April

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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College calls for action to support wellbeing of NHS workers

College calls for action to support wellbeing of NHS workers

Professor Jackie Taylor, the President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, has published a three-point plan to keep Scotland’s doctors and health professionals healthy as we reach the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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David Wylie appointed as College’s first Director of Professional Education

David Wylie appointed as College’s first Director of Professional Education

The College is delighted to announce the appointment of David Wylie as our new Director of Professional Education. Announcing the appointment, College President Professor Jackie Taylor said: “This new post reflects the vital importance of non-clinical education and training for our multi-disciplinary membership. “This emerging area of education gives our College a unique opportunity to […]

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 28 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 28 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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Today’s top COVID-19 news: 27 April 2020

Today’s top COVID-19 news: 27 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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COVID-19: International Media Update, 25 April 2020

COVID-19: International Media Update, 25 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our weekly international news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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Glasgow doctors lead global debate on cardiology care during coronavirus pandemic

Glasgow doctors lead global debate on cardiology care during coronavirus pandemic

Heart specialists from Glasgow are leading an international video conference next week to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on cardiac services.

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Latest coronavirus update for doctors and healthcare professionals – Friday 24th April 2020

Latest coronavirus update for doctors and healthcare professionals – Friday 24th April 2020

This is the latest blog from Jane Chiodini, Dean of the Faculty of Travel Medicine. Here Jane gives an update on COVID-19 and reflects on the importance of wellbeing.

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 24 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 24 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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John Hines appointed as new Chair of ICBSE

John Hines appointed as new Chair of ICBSE

The Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations (ICBSE) are delighted to announce that the Presidents of the four Royal Surgical Colleges have appointed Mr John Hines as the next ICBSE Chair.

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Royal Medical College calls for tightening of rules on the use of PPE to protect doctors

Royal Medical College calls for tightening of rules on the use of PPE to protect doctors

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has called on the NHS across the UK to adopt more stringent requirements for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) following a review of the current guidance. The call reflects growing concern across the healthcare sector for the wellbeing of healthcare professionals who are providing […]

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 23 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 23 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 22 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 22 April 2020

In addition to our Daily Media Update emails, the College is trialling a daily update on the day’s top health news which will be sent by WhatsApp message. To subscribe to this trial service, please add our number (07458012663) to your contacts as “College Voice” and then send “NEWS” as a WhatsApp message to 07458012663 […]

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 21 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 21 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 20 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 20 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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COVID-19: International Media Update, 18 April 2020

COVID-19: International Media Update, 18 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our weekly international news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 17 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 17 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 16 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 16 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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COVID-19: College backs call to allow families equal access to visit dying relatives

COVID-19: College backs call to allow families equal access to visit dying relatives

The Scottish Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Marie Curie and Scottish Care have worked together to produce a set of new guiding principles, designed to ensure that dying patients in Scotland are treated humanely, compassionately and with dignity during the COVID-19 pandemic. They want the Scottish Government to adopt the guidelines as a matter of urgency.

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 14 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 14 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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Dame Denise Coia

Dame Denise Coia

College President Professor Jackie Taylor has expressed her sadness on the passing of Dame Denise Coia, who died on Thursday 8th April.

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COVID-19: International Media Update, 9 April 2020

COVID-19: International Media Update, 9 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our weekly international news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 9 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 9 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 8 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 8 April 2020

FREE Live webinar – Tuesday 14th April 2020 6pm (BST) Join us for our College’s second COVID-19 webinar, at which you will hear from experts in their fields on the decision making process in relation to when to escalate respiratory patients, when ITU should be called and optimal palliation during COVID-19. We expect demand for this […]

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UPDATED: General Surgery Guidance on COVID-19, 2nd Revision, 7 April 2020

UPDATED: General Surgery Guidance on COVID-19, 2nd Revision, 7 April 2020

Following publication of Public Health England latest guidelines, the four Royal Surgical Colleges and the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, AUGIS and ACPGBI have revised their latest guidelines (last published on the 27th March 2020) to align with those of PHE and Health Protection Scotland. As a group, we have taken a lead on gathering information on best practice that Surgeons should follow in this difficult situation because our role is to protect and support the clinicians that we represent.

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Patients and the public must continue to seek medical help for serious conditions during this COVID-19 pandemic

Patients and the public must continue to seek medical help for serious conditions during this COVID-19 pandemic

A statement from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges.

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 7 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 7 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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COVID-19: International Media Update, 4 April 2020

COVID-19: International Media Update, 4 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our weekly international news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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College Statement on the resignation of Dr Catherine Calderwood as Chief Medical Officer for Scotland

College Statement on the resignation of Dr Catherine Calderwood as Chief Medical Officer for Scotland

The College has issued the following statement on the resignation of Dr Catherine Calderwood as Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer on 5th April 2020.

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 6 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 6 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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Clinical Guidance and Ethical Framework

Clinical Guidance and Ethical Framework

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow welcomes the COVID-19: Ethical advice and support framework published by the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland today.

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 3 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 3 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 2 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 2 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings.

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Ethical guidance published for frontline staff dealing with COVID-19 pandemic

Ethical guidance published for frontline staff dealing with COVID-19 pandemic

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has collaborated with the Royal College of Physicians of London and a range of other health bodies to publish ethical guidance for frontline staff dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, supported by more than a dozen other health organisations.

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COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 1 April 2020

COVID-19: Daily UK Media Update, 1 April 2020

During this current health crisis, we are temporarily publishing our daily news update, which is also emailed to our Fellows and Members and Fellows. If you are a member of the College and would like to receive these daily updates, please log in to the College Dashboard and update your settings. In addition to our […]

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SDCEP guide to Management of Acute Dental Problems during COVID-19 Pandemic

SDCEP guide to Management of Acute Dental Problems during COVID-19 Pandemic

Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme has modified its guidance on management of commonly presenting oral conditions for use during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new Management of Acute Dental Problems during COVID-19 Pandemic guide is available now on the SDCEP website.

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Northern Ireland: Royal Colleges call for rapid deployment of PPE and testing of workers across all levels of healthcare system

Northern Ireland: Royal Colleges call for rapid deployment of PPE and testing of workers across all levels of healthcare system

Healthcare workers from domiciliary care to intensive care should be given the appropriate quantity and level of personal protection equipment (PPE) and rapid access to testing in readiness for Northern Ireland’s Covid-19 surge.

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Latest COVID-19 update for doctors and healthcare professionals – Friday 27 March 2020

Latest COVID-19 update for doctors and healthcare professionals – Friday 27 March 2020

Jane Chiodini, Dean of our Faculty of Travel Medicine, has written for our blog on the latest news and updates on coronavirus/COVID-19.

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COVID-19: College President and Lord Provost of Glasgow send an open letter to Glaswegians

COVID-19: College President and Lord Provost of Glasgow send an open letter to Glaswegians

The Lord Provost of Glasgow and College President Professor Jackie Taylor, have written a joint letter to the citizens of Glasgow with regard to the current health crisis.

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Advanced Life Support (ALS) certification and working in acute medicine

Advanced Life Support (ALS) certification and working in acute medicine

Trainees will be aware that possession of a current ALS certificate is a mandatory requirement for training in the acute medical specialties, including core medical training/internal medicine training. As the pandemic with COVID-19 has struck, ALS courses have been suspended preventing trainees from immediate renewal of their certification and preventing others whose ALS certification has lapsed for a more prolonged period, from renewing. Ensuring capability for any specific task lies, of course, with the medical director of the employing organisation but in the absence of a certificating course the following is suggested:

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Webinar – COVID-19: Informing our practice – Tuesday 31 March

Webinar – COVID-19: Informing our practice – Tuesday 31 March

Hear from leading experts across the globe about the epidemiology of COVID–19, lessons from Hong Kong and South Korea and how we in the UK are learning from the experience of others.

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COVID-19: Alternative treatments to steroid injections

COVID-19: Alternative treatments to steroid injections

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the College of Podiatry have produced the attached statement on treatment suggestions in the absence of steroid injections in the management of the common musculoskeletal foot, ankle and leg.

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UPDATED: Intercollegiate General Surgery Guidance on COVID-19

UPDATED: Intercollegiate General Surgery Guidance on COVID-19

These guidelines have been put together by the four Royal Surgical Colleges, the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain & Ireland, the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain & Ireland and the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons to support our Surgeons with guidance on procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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UPDATED: MRCP(UK) and Specialty Certificate Examinations cancelled until September 2020

UPDATED: MRCP(UK) and Specialty Certificate Examinations cancelled until September 2020

As a consequence of the ongoing global COVID-19 situation, the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK has taken the extremely difficult but necessary decision to cancel all MRCP(UK) examinations in the UK and internationally from Monday 16 March until September 2020.

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COVID-19: Support for our members in the Faculty of Dental Surgery

COVID-19: Support for our members in the Faculty of Dental Surgery

Andy Edwards, the Dean of our Faculty of Dental Surgery, has written an open letter to Dental Surgeons with his counterparts at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh about our support around the spread of COVIDー19.

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COVID-19: Joint statement on arrangements for dental and dental care professional students and recent graduates

COVID-19: Joint statement on arrangements for dental and dental care professional students and recent graduates

Joint statement on arrangements for dental and dental care professional students and recent graduates, while restrictions are in place to control the spread of COVID-19.

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UPDATED: COVID-19: Cancellation of dental exams

UPDATED: COVID-19: Cancellation of dental exams

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has decided to postpone or cancel our assessment activity in our Faculty of Dental Surgery from Monday 23 March 2020 for the foreseeable future. All examiners and candidates impacted by this decision will be contacted directly by our exams team in due course.

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MRCP(UK) and Specialty Certificate Examinations cancelled until September 2020

MRCP(UK) and Specialty Certificate Examinations cancelled until September 2020

As a consequence of the ongoing global COVID-19 situation, the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK has taken the extremely difficult but necessary decision to cancel all MRCP(UK) examinations in the UK and internationally from today, Monday 16 March, until September 2020.

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Delivery of education and examinations on hold to reduce strain on health workforce

Delivery of education and examinations on hold to reduce strain on health workforce

After thoughtful consideration, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has taken the difficult decision to postpone, cancel or review delivery of the majority of our training and assessment activity from Monday 16 March 2020 for the foreseeable future.

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Latest coronavirus update for doctors and healthcare professionals – Friday 13 March 2020

Latest coronavirus update for doctors and healthcare professionals – Friday 13 March 2020

Jane Chiodini, Dean of our Faculty of Travel Medicine, has written for our blog on the latest news and updates on coronavirus/COVID-19.

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COVID-19 – Guidance to trainee doctors

COVID-19 – Guidance to trainee doctors

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow daily, the trainee committees of the three Royal Colleges of Physicians have come together to jointly publish the following statement to provide guidance to trainee doctors.

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Supporting the COVID-19 response: Guidance regarding Medical Education and Training

Supporting the COVID-19 response: Guidance regarding Medical Education and Training

The four Statutory Education Bodies covering the UK published this
open letter entitled “Supporting the COVID-19 response: Guidance regarding Medical Education and Training” on Tuesday 10th March 2020.

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Royal College responds to UK Budget announcements

Royal College responds to UK Budget announcements

Responding to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s budget statement today (Wednesday 11th March 2020) , Professor Jackie Taylor, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow said:

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WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Cancer-Expert Symposium on Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders

WHO Collaborating Centre for Oral Cancer-Expert Symposium on Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders

On 4 and 5 March 2020, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow hosted an Expert Symposium on Oral Potentially Malignant Disorders (OPMDs) organised by the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Oral Cancer (UK).

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First ever MRCP(UK) PACES examinations to take place in Pakistan

First ever MRCP(UK) PACES examinations to take place in Pakistan

The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom is delighted to confirm that it will open its first MRCP(UK) PACES examination centre in Pakistan later in 2020

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College calls for government to implement new health inequalities report in full

College calls for government to implement new health inequalities report in full

College President Professor Jackie Taylor has joined with other health leaders to call on the Prime Minister to accept in full the recommendations set out in Health Equity in England: The Marmot Review 10 years on, published today (Tuesday 25 February) by the Institute for Health Equity and the Health Foundation.

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President’s Leadership Lecture with Dr Doyin Atewologun

President’s Leadership Lecture with Dr Doyin Atewologun

On 4 March 2020, the College will hold its latest President’s Leadership Lecture. This evening lecture will be delivered by Dr Doyin Atewologun, the Director of the Gender, Leadership and Inclusion Centre at Cranfield School of Management.

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Professor Balram Bhargava awarded College’s President’s Medal

Professor Balram Bhargava awarded College’s President’s Medal

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has awarded its President’s medal to Professor Balram Bhargava at a ceremony today in Glasgow.

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Latest coronavirus update for doctors and healthcare professionals – Friday 14th February

Latest coronavirus update for doctors and healthcare professionals – Friday 14th February

Two weeks on from the first College blog and a significant amount of news has happened – here is a brief update from Jane Chiodini, Dean of our Faculty of Travel Medicine.

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Energy is Rising

Energy is Rising

The Programme Lead at Obesity Action Scotland, Lorraine Tulloch, has written for the latest edition of membership magazine “voice”. You can read this below and College members can view the full edition of “voice” by logging into their online dashboard.

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Q&A with John Sturrock QC

Q&A with John Sturrock QC

John Sturrock QC has been described as “universally regarded as Scotland’s finest mediator” and is rated as one of the leading professional mediators in the UK. Who’s Who Legal describes him as “internationally recognised as a major player in this area”. He recently gained further prominence in the healthcare sector when his report to the Scottish Government “into Cultural Issues related to allegations of Bullying and Harassment in NHS Highland” was published last year.

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“Few Heads with Knowledge so Inform’d” – Robert Burns and Phrenology

“Few Heads with Knowledge so Inform’d” – Robert Burns and Phrenology

In the latest edition of our membership magazine “voice”, our Digital Heritage Officer Kirsty Earley discusses Scotland’s National Poet and the history of the brain. You can read this below. College Members can read the full edition of “voice” by logging into their online dashboard account.

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College President offers support and solidarity to Fellows and Members working to combat coronavirus

College President offers support and solidarity to Fellows and Members working to combat coronavirus

College President Professor Jackie Taylor has today (Monday 10th February) written to all Fellows and Members in China and the Far East to offer her support and solidarity as they deal with the growing outbreak of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

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Learning from best practice in Singapore

Learning from best practice in Singapore

In a featured article in our membership magazine “voice”, Dr Katie McComb explained how a College scholarship helped her take back international best practice to Northern Ireland. College Members can read the full edition of “voice” by logging into their online dashboard account.

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New Director of Dental Examinations

New Director of Dental Examinations

The College has appointed Nicola Cross as our new Director of Dental Examinations. Nicola’s role started in November 2019 and will run for approximately four years.

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The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland Strategic Priorities 2020-2023

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland Strategic Priorities 2020-2023

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland (the “Scottish Academy”) has published its strategic priorities to 2023. The focus of the strategy is on collaborative working between the different medical professions in Scotland, to improve quality of care for patients.

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Caring for doctors, Caring for patients

Caring for doctors, Caring for patients

In September 2019, Professor Michael West, Professor of Organisational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School and Senior Visiting Fellow at The King’s Fund presented at “Making Life Work Better”, a one-day conference run in partnership with our college, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board and Medics against Violence.

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College responds to publication of Ian Paterson Inquiry report

College responds to publication of Ian Paterson Inquiry report

Responding to the report published today (Tuesday 4th February 2020) from the independent inquiry set up following the conviction of surgeon Ian Paterson, who was convicted in May 2017 after being found guilty of seventeen counts of wounding with intent, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has called for action to implement […]

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Latest coronavirus update for doctors and healthcare professionals – Friday 31 January

Latest coronavirus update for doctors and healthcare professionals – Friday 31 January

With the spread of coronavirus dominating the news agenda throughout the world this week, Dean of our College’s Faculty of Travel Medicine Jane Chiodini writes for our blog on the current situation, and what expert advice is available to healthcare professionals to help contain and treat the spread of this new virus.

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My First Year in Office

My First Year in Office

In the latest edition of our membership magazine “voice”, our President Professor Jackie Taylor has written an update on her work on your behalf. The full update is below. College Members can read the full magazine online.

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ACCEA Clinical Excellence Awards 2020

ACCEA Clinical Excellence Awards 2020

The 2020 National Clinical Excellence Awards Round will open on Friday 13 March and will remain open until 1700 on Thursday 7 May. If you intend to apply for a new award, advancement of an award or renewal of an award and wish to seek a supporting statement from the College, please note the following:

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College supports national campaign to raise awareness of fatigue amongst healthcare staff

College supports national campaign to raise awareness of fatigue amongst healthcare staff

Our College is supporting the national Fight Fatigue campaign to help raise awareness of fatigue amongst NHS healthcare staff. The campaign, run in partnership with the Association of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) aims to tackle the negative effects of shift working and fatigue on the NHS workforce.

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College writes to Matt Hancock MP to set out our health priorities for new government

College writes to Matt Hancock MP to set out our health priorities for new government

College President Professor Jackie Taylor, has written today to Matt Hancock MP, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to set out what the college believes should be the new UK government’s health priorities for the coming parliament. The call comes on the day that the Secretary of State officially presents the NHS […]

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College supports new NICE quality standards on rheumatoid arthritis and the uptake of flu vaccination

College supports new NICE quality standards on rheumatoid arthritis and the uptake of flu vaccination

As part of our College being a leading voice on healthcare issues and providing information to the public, we respond to consultations from government and regulators. You can read the responses to consultations on our website. In autumn 2019, we completed the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)’s consultations on “rheumatoid arthritis in […]

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Doctors and surgeons can provide vital evidence to help reduce alcohol harm

Doctors and surgeons can provide vital evidence to help reduce alcohol harm

In this guest blog by Meg Griffiths, Communications Manager from Alcohol Health Alliance UK (AHA), she explains about evidence being needed for the UK having an alcohol strategy and how you can provide evidence on reducing alcohol harm:

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College calls for action to support SAS doctors following GMC report

College calls for action to support SAS doctors following GMC report

A concerted effort by employers, regulators and others in the sector is required to support doctors in Specialty and Associate Specialist (SAS) and Locally Employed (LE) roles, following the publication of a new survey by the General Medical Council (GMC) today (Thursday 9th January).

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The feel good factor about a choir

The feel good factor about a choir

In a new blog from our Honorary Librarian Dr Morven McElroy, she explains about singing in Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s Choir and the positive wellbeing benefits of this.

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College calls for flexible working plan for doctors

College calls for flexible working plan for doctors

The General Medical Council’s new report, “The state of medical education and practice in the UK 2019” has been published today (18 December 2018). The report highlights changing approaches to work-life balance and career development, which will impact on UK health services’ ability to plan for patient demand. Speaking about the publication, the President of our College, Professor Jackie Taylor said:

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Our College Spaces

Our College Spaces

Our College’s Honorary Librarian, Dr Morven McElroy, has written about spaces you can enjoy and access within our building.

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Could you be AoRMC’s Genomics Clinical Education Lead?

Could you be AoRMC’s Genomics Clinical Education Lead?

In October 2018 NHS England started work to create the NHS Genomic Medicine Service (GMS), including a National Genomic Test Directory and the establishment of a national network of seven Genomic Laboratory Hubs (GLHs) across England. Each GLH network closely with the Genomic Medicine Centres in their geographical area.

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The Season of Good Wellbeing starts tomorrow!

The Season of Good Wellbeing starts tomorrow!

Starting tomorrow (1 December) we’ll be starting our new campaign – “A Season of Good Wellbeing”.

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Our College is 420 years old today!

Our College is 420 years old today!

On 29th November 1599, surgeon Peter Lowe and a small group of surgeons, physicians and apothecaries were granted a charter by King James VI of Scotland.

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President’s address to our Admissions Ceremony – 22nd November 2019

President’s address to our Admissions Ceremony – 22nd November 2019

We held our final Admissions Ceremony for new Members and Fellows at Bute Hall in the University of Glasgow on Friday 22nd November.
College President Professor Jackie Taylor led the celebration – here’s the text of her full address to our new Fellows and Members.

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Royal College calls for long-term action on NHS pensions to avert retirement crisis

Royal College calls for long-term action on NHS pensions to avert retirement crisis

Professor Jackie Taylor, the President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has called for a long-term solution to be found to retain experienced NHS consultants in the health service. The call follows separate announcements this week by the UK and Scottish Governments of short-term measures designed to encourage consultants to maintain or increase their working hours over the busy winter period.

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Glasgow’s Royal College sets out its policy priorities for the next UK government

Glasgow’s Royal College sets out its policy priorities for the next UK government

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has set out its policy priorities for the next UK government in a new document published today. The document is published as the NHS takes centre stage in the general election campaign.

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Human Factors Conference – Thursday 21 November 2019

Human Factors Conference – Thursday 21 November 2019

A conference being run by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow this Thursday will examine human factors and their relevance to mistakes.

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Could a grant from the HOPE Foundation help your project improve people’s health?

Could a grant from the HOPE Foundation help your project improve people’s health?

Are you involved with a project or organisation which is making a positive difference to people’s health? Do you have an idea for a project which would make a positive impact on people’s health locally, nationally or internationally? If so, a grant from the College’s HOPE Foundation may be able to help you.

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College welcomes publication of new independent report into the wellbeing of doctors and medical students

College welcomes publication of new independent report into the wellbeing of doctors and medical students

The General Medical Council (GMC) have published a new independent report by Professor Michael West and Dame Denise Coia following a UK-wide review into the wellbeing of doctors and medical students.

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World Diabetes Day – Improving diabetic foot care

World Diabetes Day – Improving diabetic foot care

On World Diabetes Day, our College is delighted to lend its support to The College of Podiatry, which has today relaunched Improving Diabetic Foot Care: A Guide for Commissioners 

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Will calorie information appear on all the menus in the UK?

Will calorie information appear on all the menus in the UK?

Obesity Action Scotland’s Dr Anna Gryka-MacPhail has written an update for our membership magazine “voice”. College Members can read the full magazine through our website. In this article, Anna explains about calorie information potentially being on menus across the UK.

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Leadership development programme – Tomorrow’s Strategic Leader

Leadership development programme – Tomorrow’s Strategic Leader

The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management’s Tomorrow’s Strategic Leader programme is currently open for applications. The programme is an expert-driven leadership development programme designed for consultants, senior trainees and GPs.

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College statement on NICE guideline on Cannabis-based medicinal products

College statement on NICE guideline on Cannabis-based medicinal products

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published its guideline on Cannabis-based medicinal products.

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Great Minds: The Brain in Medicine, Surgery and Psychiatry

Great Minds: The Brain in Medicine, Surgery and Psychiatry

Writing for the latest edition of our membership magazine “voice”, our Deputy Head of Heritage Ross McGregor explains the College’s new exhibition. College Members can read the full magazine through our website.

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Response to improvements in child dental health

Response to improvements in child dental health

A joint letter has been written to Joe FitzPatrick, the Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing in response to the announcement there has been a significant long-term decrease in the number of childhood fillings and tooth extractions in the Scotland since 2000-01.

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Doctors’ pensions tax issue now having a real impact on patient care

Doctors’ pensions tax issue now having a real impact on patient care

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for Health (attached) calling on them to urgently address the pensions tax issue that is causing many of the UK’s most senior doctors to reduce their overtime or leave the NHS altogether.

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Our new Fellowship Pack

Our new Fellowship Pack

Last week our UK-based Fellows began to receive their new Fellowship Pack from the college, containing our new Fellowship Pin, the latest edition of “voice” (our membership magazine) and some information on the recent work of the college.

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Founder’s Day Service – Glasgow Cathedral

Founder’s Day Service – Glasgow Cathedral

Each year, members of College Council and Faculty Boards participate in a service at Glasgow Cathedral to mark the anniversary of the founding of the College and afterwards, to lay a wreath on the tomb of Maister Peter Lowe which is in the Cathedral graveyard. This is a colourful occasion including a formal gowned procession.

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NHS Pensions Scheme – Considerations and Consultations

NHS Pensions Scheme – Considerations and Consultations

Graham MacLeod, financial planner at Tilney, has written for the latest edition of our membership magazine “voice”. Graham’s article is below and
College Members can read the full magazine through our website.

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Pension tax driving half of doctors to retire early

Pension tax driving half of doctors to retire early

A survey of doctors by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow has revealed that almost half (45%) have decided to retire at a younger age than previously planned, with 86% of them citing pension concerns as one of their reasons for this decision.

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President’s Update – autumn 2019

President’s Update – autumn 2019

In the latest edition of our membership magazine “voice”, our President Professor Jackie Taylor has written an update on her work on your behalf. The full update is below. College Members can read the full magazine through our website.

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Dental Awards winners

Dental Awards winners

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons have announced the winners from its Dental Awards. Members of the College can apply for an award to help develop their professional skills. There is a selection of Awards and Scholarships available including those with a Dental focus.

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Dr Alastair Ireland’s top five tips for Making Life Work Better

Dr Alastair Ireland’s top five tips for Making Life Work Better

The latest wellbeing recommendations for making healthcare professionals’ life work better comes from Dr Alastair Ireland. Alastair is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Clinical Lead, Realistic Medicine at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

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Scottish Medical Workforce – an outline of challenges and offer of solutions

Scottish Medical Workforce – an outline of challenges and offer of solutions

The workforce challenges facing the NHS are now the greatest current threat to the provision of quality health care in the UK. While the number of consultant posts in NHS Scotland has increased by about 15 percent in the past 5 years, these posts remain unfilled due to a shortage of doctors.

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College President receives Honorary Fellowship

College President receives Honorary Fellowship

Our College President, Professor Jackie Taylor, has been admitted to the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland as part of their annual conference, the St Luke’s Symposium.

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Guest blog: Dr Richard Hull writes on the Federation CPD approvers’ meeting

Guest blog: Dr Richard Hull writes on the Federation CPD approvers’ meeting

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is an important part of professional practice which is reviewed annually at Appraisal and is necessary for Revalidation. For Physicians this is a Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians’ function with an approval system for external CPD and online diary.

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Simon Fleming’s top tips for Making Life Work Better

Simon Fleming’s top tips for Making Life Work Better

On 12 September 2019 our College held the “Making Life Work Better” conference as part of our wellbeing focus for healthcare professionals. Following on from the tips and advice shared around the time of the conference, we have further recommendations from the speakers.

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Focus on physicians – Census of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees 2018

Focus on physicians – Census of consultant physicians and higher specialty trainees 2018

Each year the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow partners with the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCPL) and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) to conduct a census of the UK’s physician workforce. The aim of the census, which is carried out by the RCP London’s Medical Workforce Unit, is to provide the three colleges, our partners and others with robust data on the state of the consultant and higher specialty trainee (HST) physician workforce in the UK.

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