About this Section

The General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section actively promotes high-quality education, networking and exchange of ideas on effective healthcare in the UK and internationally, with a particular focus on topical and emerging issues in primary care.


Members of the Section have many different roles in healthcare within primary care (teams) or as individuals. The Section Council reflects this diversity and includes those working in general practice, medical academia, nursing, pharmacy, optometry and law as well as lay representatives and many more.


The Section Council has a sub-group called the Events Steering Committee, made up of Council members and other Section members, who are responsible for promoting the Section and its educational programme. If you would like to be involved, please email the Section admin at gp@rsm.ac.uk.


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Reflection on our Section’s COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellbeing webinar series

Theresa Nash-Patel, a Council member, webinar chair and creator of the series, provides a summary of the series.


As personal and professional lives collided down unknowable paths, we asked the question what can our Section do to support our colleagues and the communities we serve? This led to a linked series of lunchtime expert briefings to address the mental health and wellbeing of ourselves, our colleagues, and patients, through their, and our COVID journey. All speakers were inspiring, passionate and showed great courage in the work they are advancing.


During the first webinar, simple evidence-based practical strategies were shared. These included a ‘tea break with a buddy- clinician’ or, the opportunity to share our personal COVID story. The ability to listen to peoples stories of experience became a central theme within our next two webinars. Discovering that ‘relational practice’ was central to understanding peoples lived experience, as they navigate birth and parenthood, or Long COVID-19 journey. (i)


In our penultimate webinar, this need to listen to the most vulnerable in our society, those with often no ‘voice’, and integrate the ‘know how’ of relational and inquiring practice became clear, as Kenny Gibson stated to be professionally ‘curious’.  Through choosing to be present to the relational possibilities in each care-encounter, to listen for another, without judgement, we truly connect to our shared humanity.  I would argue it is in the being of ‘relational inquiry’ practice, to be present to ourselves, others, and context, that we can trust co-created responses will emerge. 



(i) Doane,G.H,and Varcoe,C.(2020) How to Nurse Relational Inquiry in Action.Second Edition

Section Council members

Section meetings and conferences are organised by members of the Section Council and others invited on the Events Steering Committee, led by the Section President. Events are often in collaboration with other complementary sections or specialist societies from outside the RSM.

Interested in joining the Section Council or Events Steering Committee?

The work of Section Councils play a pivotal role at the RSM and we are always looking for members who would like to get involved. If you would like to apply, please complete our application form and a Council representative will be in touch.

Complete the application form

Mrs Jeshni Amblum-Almer
Mr Robert B W Hutchinson
President Elect
Dr Waqaar Shah
Honorary Treasurer

Upcoming general practice events and webinars

View all events and webinars being run by the General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section.

There are no future events currently planned by this section

Further Education from the GP Section

Online Mandatory Training BLS and Safeguarding Children Level 3

Now available online and throughout the year when you need certification. This session aims to enable healthcare professionals and staff working in healthcare to meet their mandatory training requirements.

Learning Objectives
The mandatory training for health and social care workers modules are guided by the following:

  • Standards set by the Health and Care Professions Council and the Care Quality Commission
  • The Care Quality Commission (CQC) guidance for health and social care workers
  • UK Core Skills Training Framework (CSTF)
  • CQC frameworks’ and guidance for mandatory training for healthcare support staff

Use the code RSM10 and receive 10% off

Book here

Prizes & awards

General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section and CAIPE John Horder award 2021

This award is being offered jointly by the General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section, RSM and the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE).


  • First prize: £600

Submission deadline

14th May 2021

Open to

An interprofessional team working within the primary health care community.

Application guidelines

The submitting team, or individual, is asked to produce one document in font size 12 with reference to supporting literature consisting of:

  • A factual and descriptive report on all or part of their interprofessional working being presented for consideration.
  • Evidence demonstrating how the work presented fulfils the principles of interprofessional working across disciplines and professions. (For further details see below).
  • The preparation and presentation of each submission should anticipate further collaborative working with definite outcomes designed to improve patient care.

The above three areas form the basis for the assessment criteria to award the prize. There is a limit of 4000 words excluding references and headings.
The award will be presented alternatively by the two organisations. Representatives from the successful team will be asked to give a presentation based on their submission at a CAIPE event later in 2021 (date to be confirmed).

The principles of collaborative working.
Candidates will need to provide evidence that they applied the following principles of collaborative working:
i) Focused on the needs of individuals, families and communities to improve their quality of care, health outcomes and wellbeing in the practice environment
ii) Respected individuality, difference and diversity within and between the professions and all with whom they learned and worked
iii) Enabled the professions involved to learn with, from and about each other to optimise exchange of experience and expertise.
iv) Demonstrated collaboration at the heart of all processes.
v) Enabled each profession to improve its practice to complement that of others.
vi) Improved outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
vii) Enhanced team and individual morale and motivation and developed effective interprofessional working relationships.
viii) Reflected on the process and learned from the experience, demonstrating how this can inform further practice.
The closing date for applications will be 14/5/21.

Apply here

General Practice with Primary Health Care Section and CAIPE John Horder Student Award 2021

The John Horder Student Award will be given annually to a student who has participated in learning within the community and can demonstrate outstanding principles of collaborative working.


  • First prize: £150

Submission deadline

14th May 2021

Open to

Pre-qualifying students from all health care professions

Application guidelines

The submitting students are asked to produce an essay in font size 12 entitled: ‘Describe and discuss an example of interprofessional working or learning with which you have been involved.’
There will be an overall limit of 2000 words excluding references and headings
The award will be presented at a CAIPE event later in 2021 (date to be confirmed).

Guidelines and marking criteria.
Candidates will need to provide the following:
i) Description of the student’s experience of interprofessional learning and collaborative working
ii) Application of academic learning to the case described. References to the literature must be included.
iii) Degree of reflection on the student’s experience.
The closing date for applications will be 14/5/21.

Apply here

General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section: John Fry Prize  

Title of the essay: Discuss the challenges facing general practice in the 21st century. How might John Fry have viewed these challenges?

The essay submission should be between 
2500-3000 words and well referenced. 

Prize: £300

Open to: GP registrars, postgraduate students based in primary care, medical students and other undergraduates from professional groups involved in primary care and patients with experiences from primary care

Deadline: 21st June 2021

Apply here

General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section: Medical Student and Trainee Poster Prize 


  • Medical students - 1st place: £150, 2nd place: £100
  • Trainees - 1st place: £150, 2nd place: £100
  • Overall winner -  £100

All selected entrants will receive an RSM Section certificate.

Submission deadline

Thursday 1 July 2021

Open to

Medical students and trainees.

Application guidelines

GP registrars and medical students should submit a structured abstract of no more than 250 words outlining the proposed content of their poster.

The poster can describe a case study, a literature review or a research/audit project.

The topics for 2021 include: 

  1. Management of the acutely unwell patient
  2. Orthopaedic problems
  3. Genetic testing
  4. Antimicrobial prescribing
  5. The health effects of climate change
  6. The well-being of health care workers
  7. Innovations in Primary Care during the Covid-19 pandemic
  8. Integrating health and social care for the vulnerable in society.

Based on the abstracts received, a selection of applicants will be invited to submit their poster in a digital format for pre-assessment and then display it at the forthcoming Primary Care Update. It is hoped that this will take place at the RSM in September but this will be dependent on COVID-19 restrictions at the time.

Trainees apply here

Medical students apply here

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