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