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Work With The RNZCGP On A Clinical Priority

27 Jul 2015 4:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Are you interested in working with the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners on a clinical priority?

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (the RNZCGP) is launching a new programme of clinical priorities and is seeking proposals from other organisations and agencies.

All RNZCGP faculties and committees, general practices, PHOs, other professional medical colleges, non-government organisations, consumer groups, and governmental organisations are actively encouraged to propose clinical areas and aspects of care for selection as future clinical priorities to work on in collaboration with the RNZCGP.

What is the RNZCGP Clinical Priority Programme?

The key aim of the Clinical Priority Programme is to raise the profile and awareness of clinical areas among GPs and across the primary care sector.

The RNZCGP will carefully select clinical areas and develop a work programme with the key stakeholder(s).

The RNZCGP anticipates that a senior GP will be recruited as a clinical champion and provide clinical leadership for a particular programme.  The clinical champion will work closely with the RNZCGP’s Quality, Research and Policy Group to plan, implement, and deliver an innovative programme of work with the key stakeholder(s) that will help GPs and other primary healthcare professionals to improve the quality of care for patients.

The individual clinical priority programmes will vary in length.  Some priorities might involve programmes of six to 12 months, while others will comprise longer programmes (eg, three to five years) and tackle issues of higher national prominence.

Examples of programmes might include:

  • ·         The RNZCGP and another organisation work collaboratively to promote an important area (eg, patient safety) in general practice.
  • ·         The RNZCGP works with a key stakeholder to deliver a series of workshops to primary healthcare professionals across New Zealand.
  • ·         The RNZCGP and another organisation work together to provide a catalogue of resources for GPs and other primary care health professionals on the long-term consequences and treatment of a particular disease.
  • ·         The RNZCGP works with partners to promote models of best practice and pathways of care, and to develop learning and educational resources.
  • ·         The RNZCGP and a key stakeholder work in partnership to develop a toolkit of resources on the management of a particular disease to implement in GP practices.

What to do next

If you are interested in working with the RNZCGP on a clinical area or aspect of care, we would like to hear your proposal for a future clinical priority programme.

Please ensure your proposal includes:

  • ·         a brief outline of the work programme;
  • ·         how the programme will be delivered;
  • ·         the aim of the programme and how it contributes to the RNZCGP’s aims (where relevant);
  • ·         the target audience;
  • ·         the expected results and outcomes; and
  • ·         the expected timeline, specifying the different stages of the work programme.

Please submit your proposal to Jeanette McKeogh, Group Manager – Quality, Research and Policy at policy@rnzcgp.org.nz by Friday, 4 September 2015.


General practice is the range of values, knowledge, skills, and practices required to provide first level medical services in both community practice and hospital settings. General practice includes the provision of both first contact and continuing care, for all ages and both sexes, that is comprehensive, person-centred, and takes into account the roles of family, whanau and community, and inequities in achieving health gains. 

GPs comprise almost 40 percent of New Zealand’s specialist workforce and their professional body, the College is the largest medical College in the country.  The RNZCGP provides training and ongoing professional development for general GPs and rural hospital generalists, and sets standards for general practice. The RNZCGP is committed to:

  • ·         Achieving health equity in New Zealand through: a greater focus on the social determinants of health; reducing the rates of smoking and increasing healthy food options for low-income families; better integration of health and social services; and ensuring that funding for primary care is targeted to the most disadvantaged.
  • ·         Improving health outcomes for rural communities through the work of high quality, well trained medical generalists working within multidisciplinary teams.
  • ·         Achieving health equity for Maori.  Health equity for Māori will be achieved when Māori have the same health outcomes as other New Zealanders. For this to occur, service delivery to Māori needs to be appropriate and effective and ensure equity of access. This does not mean a reduction in service delivery to other New Zealanders, but rather improving service delivery to Māori to ensure fairness.

Kind regards


Jeanette McKeogh

Group Manager - Quality, Research and Policy


The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners

Level 3 88 The Terrace Wellington 6011

PO Box 10440 Wellington 6143



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