Message from the Chief Executive Officer
Our inspiring, international College community continues to grow and our global membership sits at its highest ever in our 420 year history. Over the course of the 2018-19 year, we welcomed 1,142 new members, bringing our global membership community of healthcare professionals to 14,590 working across 92 different countries. We are a truly inclusive, diverse and thriving international College with 75% of our membership now sitting outside Scotland.
Our clinical volunteers continue to make an exceptional and selfless contribution to our College. Their commitment enables our College to deliver the highest quality of education, examinations, and membership support activities. In 2018-19, 10,810 hours of our members’ time was given to supporting our activities, and a total of 2,191 examiner days were contributed. This marks an outstanding level of voluntary commitment and leadership for the ongoing advancement of our work.
Throughout the year, we sharpened the focus of our delivery on three broad strategic priorities:
- To deliver an educational and assessment programme that responds to and meets the needs of our members and prospective members, enabling them to deliver the highest standards of care to their patients
- To engage and connect with our members and prospective members in a way which is both effective and impactful in order to strengthen and add value to our mutually beneficial relationship
- To raise our profile across healthcare, public and political domains as an influencer of change for the common good
My annual report this year highlights the progress we have made against each of these.
We welcomed almost 6,500 people to our 181 educational conferences and courses. More than 26,000 CPD points were awarded and 3,343 eLearning modules were downloaded. Delegates consistently rate our education at a very high standard, and this is testament to the 1,245 trainers and teachers who have been involved in the development and delivery of our extensive educational offering in the last year. We are also grateful to our education partners who have worked with us to deliver tailored programmes to meet specific needs of the profession.
Almost 50% of our exams activity is now delivered outside the UK. We welcomed 3,784 exam candidates to the 23 different types of exams we support. Our exams were delivered across 39 centres around the world. We also continue to play a strong leadership and influencing role in the intercollegiate medical, surgical and dental exam regulation and developmental activities. Through this work, some 494 new questions were submitted to our exam question banks. The delivery of examinations and assessment would not be possible without the contribution of our examiner panels and our partner host centres.
The UK NHS workforce is working under un-paralleled levels of resource pressure, and we have invested heavily in improving our levels of engagement and interaction with our members and prospective members. Our College network communities span all areas of the business from regional advisors and mentors, to educators and examiners, and we have made progress in further developing and growing these networks. The policy network was established in November 2018 to provide a route for our members to contribute to our consultation work. We also saw significant growth in the number of members of the trainees committee following efforts to better engage and connect with this important group who will play a key role in shaping the future of our College and the wider profession.
We successfully raised our profile across the healthcare, public and political arenas through our work in public affairs, intercollegiate engagement, public engagement and fundraising. Throughout 2018-19, our public affairs activity has focused around the key areas of workforce, Brexit, inclusivity, wellbeing and global health. Our digital presence has never been greater. Following the introduction of new GDPR regulations, more than 10,000 people signed up to receive regular email communications from us, and we have seen exponential growth in engagement through our social media channels.