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.
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 […]
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 […]
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:
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).
New Associate Directors appointed for Examinations
The College has appointed two new Associate Directors for examinations. Dr Moe Thaw Oo is our new Associate Director of Medical Examinations and Siobhan Kyle is our new Associate Director of Dental Examinations:
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:
Continuing our “Season of Good Wellbeing”, Dr Jack Fairweather has written a blog on what helps his wellbeing at work. Jack is an ST7 Renal and General Internal Medicine and the Vice-Chair of our Trainees’ Committee:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.