Viewpoint: Dr Colin Hunter: Why I should be RCGP president

I am passionate about general practice and still love it after 30 years, writes RCGP presidential candidate Dr Colin Hunter.

Dr Hunter: 'The job is about representing and promoting the RCGP and general practice.'

I have a significant background of working in the RCGP at faculty, Scottish and UK levels and a strong track record of working  constructively with sister organisations,  particularly the BMA and other colleges.

If elected president, I will promote general practice at every opportunity;  patients need to be reminded of the need and value of the family doctor. It is the key success factor in the survival of the NHS. GPs themselves though, given the current pressures across the NHS, need to believe in their enormously important contribution to the care of patients. As well as promoting professionalism and leadership I will major on the role of the generalist and the crucial role of the GP as the main diagnostician within the NHS.

The job is about representing and promoting the RCGP and general practice

The role of president is separate from that of chair. The job is about representing and promoting the RCGP and general practice and I have set out a list of key areas on which I would focus if successful.

I believe we need to increase the support the RCGP gives to members, particularly educational support and particularly younger members. The Essential Knowledge Update and Challenge now has 30,000 registered users, and we need more initiatives like this providing high quality education.

I benefitted early in my career from a leadership development programme and I am committed to establishing a leadership programme for First5 members from across the UK.

I am very much a team player and wish to enhance relationships between the RCGP centrally and the faculties. I will do this by developing a network of faculty provosts which will provide a two-way flow of information and ideas and which will make the centre much less distant.

I wish to see fellowship being more open and available to all members, with greater emphasis on fellowship for GPs who principally provide quality patient care at the coalface.

Finally, I wish to support the further expansion of our International work, particularly supporting the development of primary care in sub-Saharan Africa.  This will need money and I will use the office of president to head up a major appeal for external donors.

Those who know me, know I have a track record on delivery. On all of these areas I will ensure these objectives are met.

There are further details on my campaign website.

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