The Council is the ultimate decision-making body of the College, and sets out the mission, vision and strategic direction of RCPI and approves general policies.
RCPI Education Projects
Clinical Lead for the RCPI Simulation Project Prof Dara Byrne presented an overview of this project which has commenced. This was followed by a presentation from Prof Diarmuid O’Shea who is the Clinical Lead for the Mandatory Teaching Review project.
Academy for Retired Doctors
Council supported the new proposal to create an RCPI Academy for retired Members and Fellows who are interested in connecting and engaging with other retirees, while using their expertise to get involved and contribute to the College in areas such as Mentoring ,Examinations, Education and Training , College Representation and Volunteer Work.
2. Year-end Accounts to 30 June 2022
In advance of the College’s Annual Stated Meeting, the year-end accounts were presented to Council by the Treasurer Dr Maeve Skelly. Overall, the College’s finances from the last year are very positive with the College showing a net surplus for the year; in the last year income has increased and the College expenses have fallen.
Ms Louise O’Gogain (Strategy Implementation Manager) presented on Strategic Initiative no.10: Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Having received the bronze investor in EDI mark with the Irish Centre for Diversity in relation to RCPI as an employer, the next focus will be on RCPI as a training body to attain the Silver investor in EDI mark.
Council approved amendments to the By-Laws to introduce changes recommended by Fellowship Steering Group to introduce equitable fellowship across the 6 faculties and institutes within RCPI.
Prof Anthony O’Regan the Chair of the newly established Ministerial NCHD taskforce presented an overview to Council. The purpose of the taskforce is to put in place sustainable workforce planning strategies and policies to improve the NCHD experience, training, wellbeing and work-life balance, to support present and future retention of NCHDs in Ireland.
The next RCPI Council Meeting takes place is on Friday, 9 December 2022 at No.6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.