RCGP Scottish Patient Forum Members

The Royal College General Practitioners Scotland is recruiting new members to the RCGP Scottish Patient Forum.

As a member of our Patient Forum, you will help to ensure that the patient voice is woven through the work of RCGP Scotland.

From feeding into policy consultation responses, to assisting with the development of campaigns and College communications; members of the RCGP Scotland Patient Forum will play a key role in helping to shape the work of the College in Scotland.

The Patient Forum operates as a virtual advisory group. There will be up to 3 virtual meetings per year plus an online forum to communicate and to progress work outside of meetings. Members of the Patient Forum will be provided with advanced notice of these meetings.

This is a voluntary role for a term of up to three years. 

The Royal College of General Practitioners is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.


To play an active part in a group which is responsible for:

  • Developing ideas and leading activities that encourage GPs to work effectively in partnership with patients and public.
  • Influencing and responding to activity in Scotland that impacts on the quality of patient care.
  • Providing a patient perspective to the work of RCGP Scotland; this is not a single-issue forum. 
  • Developing a Scotland-specific point of view on areas of interest, which shall inform the contributions of the Chair at meetings of Scottish Council and the RCGP UK Patient and Carers Partnership Group.


  • Active contribution towards online responses and participation in online meetings.
  • Contribution to the College's strategic, campaigning and policy priorities, including input into RCGP policy papers, consultation responses and other documents when required.
  • Acting as a sounding board for RCGP Scotland press and communications activity to ensure that the patient voice is captured when appropriate in external comments.
  • Involvement in other College activities, committees and seminars as appropriate and if members have the capacity to do so.

Knowledge, skills and experience required

  • Have an awareness of, and interest in, contemporary health and social care structures and issues in Scotland, and in changes that are currently underway or planned.
  • Have an interest in, and understanding of, the work and aims of the College and an interest in contributing to College policies.
  • Ability to act as a team member including engaging with others’ perspectives and collaborating with fellow group members.
  • Ability to communicate effectively via digital means.

Terms and conditions

  • Appointment is for three years, which may be extended in exceptional circumstances.
  • Members are obliged to disclose any conflicts of interest that they may have in relation to items of business being discussed or considered.
  • Members are obliged to adhere to the group's Code of Conduct and Acceptable Use Policy and to the RCGP's policy on Security of Personal, Confidential or Sensitive Information.
  • All representatives of the College, including members of the RCGP Scottish Patient Forum, are expected to uphold the aims, objectives and values of the College and act in its best interests and enhance its reputation as a respected professional and academic body for GPs.

How to apply

For more details and to request a role description and application please contact infoscotland@rcgp.org.uk.

Completed applications should be returned no later than 12 noon on Monday 15 April 2024.

RCGP Scotland

The Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland (RCGP Scotland) is the professional membership organisation for general practitioners in Scotland. We represent approximately 5,000 members in Scotland and our purpose is to encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards in general medical practice.

Similar searches: Scotland