Professor Mary Horgan, RCPI President officially opened the new RCPI Saolta Group office in University Hospital Galway on Thursday 9 November 2017.
The RCPI Saolta Group office is there to support Trainees, Members and Fellows working in hospitals in Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Donegal.
The office, based beside the Academic Office, Nurses Home in University Hospital Galway, can now be considered the first port of call for any enquiries regarding RCPI in this region, whether it be from interns, Trainees, Licentiates, Members or Fellows. It will be open 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday.
By having an office in the Saolta University Health Care Group we can facilitate more training courses and examinations in this region and strengthen links between these training sites and our headquarters in Dublin.
Professor Mary Horgan said: "I am delighted that RCPI now has an office in the Saolta University Health Care Group to support training where it happens, on clinical sites. It will allow RCPI to hold more training courses and exams locally which is a positive development for our training programmes in these hospitals. It will support our goal of providing the highest standard of patient care possible to those in the Saolta region. The mission of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is to train, educate and continuously develop doctors for current and future health needs.
Our Galway based office will be a local, knowledgeable source of information and support for Trainees, Trainers, Members and Fellows based in Saolta. The RCPI Saolta Office is a continuation of the great work that began with the opening of the RCPI office in Cork. We plan to open regional offices in other parts of the country over the coming year to further enhance training experiences and make RCPI more accessible to all our doctors".
Professor Donal Reddan, Group Medical Clinical Director of Saolta, and Treasurer of RCPI further endorses this development,
“The senior management team of Saolta recognise the vision of RCPI as the only training body in Ireland to establish onsite administrative support to enhance the quality and accountability of training.”
Professor Anthony O’Regan, who supports medical training in his role as Dean of Postgraduate Specialist Training at RCPI and Chief Academic Officer for Saolta University Health Care Group, said this is a great development for those on RCPI Training Programmes.
I would like to commend both the RCPI President, Professor Mary Horgan, and the CEO of Saolta, Mr Maurice Power, for supporting this essential addition to the training enviroment in the West of Ireland. Training is a lifelong endeavour, is increasingly multidisciplinary, and predominantly occurs at hospital sites around the country. Training and working conditions are changing and require more time and commitment from Trainers at those sites. The office will integrate with the evolving academic training hub of Saolta University Healthcare Group.
Professor Anthony O'ReganDean of Postgraduate Specialist Training, RCPI and Chief Academic Officer for Saolta University Health Care Group
I commend the foresight and innovation of the RCPI facilitating an inclusive learning environment, recognising the contribution of all teaching sights and all trainees.
Professor Cathy McHughConsultant Endocrinologist, Sligo University Hospital
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