Lay Member of the RCGP Scotland Patient Group (P3 )

Scotland (Meetings held in Edinburgh)
Voluntary position. Travel expenses provided.
29 Mar 2018
28 Apr 2018
John Anderson
Contract Type


The Patient Partnership in Practice (P³) is a group run by RCGP Scotland that represents the views of patients and provides the patient perspective and experience when the College responds to consultations or developing strategies and policies.

We are looking for new members who would be willing to meet to work to enhance the patient experience of general practice and primary care in Scotland.

If you are able to devote some of your valuable time to this important group, we would like to hear from you.



To communicate and represent to the College, by the active membership of the group and involvement in other College activities and committees as appropriate, patient perspectives and experience when responding to and/or inputting to consultations and other exercise concerning College strategies and policies.


• Four meetings per year. Attendance is preferable in person in Edinburgh, but teleconferencing and video conferencing facilities are available.

• Proactively contribute to the College’s strategic, campaigning and policy priorities.

• Respond to public consultations from the Scottish Government and other Government departments and agencies at the request of the College.

• Input into patient group and other RCGP policy papers and other documents.

• Input and contribute to the patient group’s involvement at the RCGP Annual Conference where necessary.

• Foster and support links with other RCGP patient participation groups (Wales, Northern Ireland, UK/England).


Knowledge, Skills, and Experience  Required:

Able to contribute both orally and in writing on primary healthcare topics in the UK generally, with particular reference to GP services and their development

• Have an interest in healthcare structures and issues in Scotland and the changes that are currently in train or planned.

• Empathise with the work and aims of the College and wish to contribute to its policies.

• Able to assimilate information relating to relevant issues.

• Able to work as a team member with other group members, both lay, and GP.

• Be proficient with and have access to email / the internet (this is essential for the Group’s work).

• Candidates should be lay generalists, rather than individuals with particular experience or knowledge of a treatment of a specific condition or illness i.e. not an expert patient or advocate.


Terms and Conditions

This is a voluntary post, with no remuneration or compensation paid for service, but travel, subsistence and, where necessary, hotel accommodation expenses are met subject to RCGP guidelines.

Members are entitled to attend relevant courses and seminars.

 Members will receive an induction pack.

Appointment is for three years initially and, subject to review, members can be reappointed for a further term of three years