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RCPI wins Good Governance Award 2020

RCPI win a Carmichael Good Governance Award

The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is delighted to announce that they are a winner in the Carmichael Good Governance Awards 2020. RCPI picked up the Best Governance Improvement Initiative (Category 6) Award for work on delivering the College’s Governance Implementation Programme. The Carmichael Good Governance Awards recognise adherence to good governance practice by non-profit and charitable organisations in Ireland

On the win, Dr Terry McWade, CEO, RCPI said, “I am very proud that RCPI were recognised by the Carmichael Good Governance Awards within this category, especially since we were in such illustrious company with our fellow nominees. I think this win is a testament to all the hard work our Governance Department, headed by Emma Cuddihy, have put into our Governance Implementation Programme over the past three years. Congratulations to all those within RCPI who helped to make this expansive project such a huge success.”

Prof Mary Horgan, President, RCPI added, “I’d like to echo our CEO’s congratulations to all who were involved in this very important project for RCPI. During my first term of office this was one of my key priorities, and as Chair of the Governance Oversight Group I know how much hard work went into the Programme and its delivery.”

She continued, “Particular thanks must go to Emma Cuddihy, Programme Manager for the Governance Implementation Programme, and to Prof Donal Reddan, Dr Diarmuid O’Shea, Dr Anna Clarke and Prof Anthony O’Regan who Chaired and led the working groups which helped to deliver each of the specific projects within this programme. Each of them should be very proud of this project and the award it has received.”

Finally, Emma Cuddihy, Programme Manager for the Governance Implementation Programme, said, “This award is a true recognition of all the hard work and dedication that has gone into delivering significant, positive change to RCPI Governance over the past three years. This could not have been achieved without the significant contributions from all involved – including our Trainees, Members, Fellows, Faculty Boards and my colleagues in the College.”

About the Governance Implementation Programme

In 2017, the Council of the RCPI commissioned external consultancy firm, EY, to carry out an independent review of governance within the College and to make recommendations on the changes required to bring the College governance in line with best practice.

The Implementation Programme, which stretched over three years, commenced with establishment of a Governance Oversight Group, Chaired by the President, Prof Mary Horgan. This initiative was one of the key priorities during the President’s first term of office and the governance programme was delivered due to her personal commitment and support. Five key projects and working groups were established, these working groups included representatives from the Council, Faculties and Institutes, staff and Trainees, which met on a quarterly basis to oversee implementation of specific projects as detailed below:

  • Governance Improvements: Included a full review of RCPI Council, establishing an Executive Board and a new Institute of Medicine.
  • Committee Reorganisation: Involved reviewing and rationalising over 150 committees within the College and implementing a series of policies relating to committee governance. As part of this review, a number of committees were merged or dissolved and new committees established as required.
  • Clinical Framework: Under this workstream, the College reviewed all roles held by clinicians – both paid and voluntary – to ensure that there were clear and transparent appointment procedures, role descriptions and better engagement with our members in improving the standard of training and education of doctors in Ireland
  • Operating Model: This ensured that the College’s operations and services were aligned with the governance structures and to implement new departments within the College, such as Health and Wellbeing.
  • Training Site Presence: This project is underway to launch RCPI offices across Ireland to ensure local support to our Trainees and Trainers. To date, RCPI offices have been launched in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Dublin.

A number of significant changes have been implemented within RCPI as part of this programme. Most notably, the full review of RCPI Council which you can read more about by clicking here.

Other developments

In addition to the Council review, other initiatives have been implemented to improve on governance within RCPI, including:

  • Development and launch of the Institute of Medicine, Ireland’s newest postgraduate medical training body to oversee training, education and examinations across 17 clinical medicine specialties.
  • Development of a series of policies, including those on conflict of interest and code of conduct.
  • Development and organisation of induction for Council members.
  • Commencement of reviews of the governance within each of the Faculties. This work is ongoing but significant progress has been made.
  • A call for expressions of interest from members of the public to join RCPI Boards and Committees. Approximately 20 new committee members (who are not doctors) have been or will be appointed in 2020 to provide advice and expertise from a public perspective.

You can find out more on RCPI’s Governance Implementation Programme by clicking here.

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