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Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland - known as the "Scottish Academy" - contributes to improvements in the health of the people of Scotland by the promotion and co-ordination of the work of the Medical Royal College and Faculties and giving the medical professions a collective voice on clinical and professional issues.

The main objectives of the Scottish Academy include:

  • To ensure patient safety is maximised by maintaining and improving standards within the profession

  • To provide a co-ordinated voice from the specialties in relation to education, training, clinical standards and effectiveness and research and quality which are supported and promoted by all constituent members.

  • To co-ordinate and exchange expertise across the Colleges and Faculties in all areas of training, medical education and revalidation

  • To support improved medical workforce planning in Scotland to recruit and retain the highest quality doctors

  • For more detail of the aims and objectives of the Scottish Academy click here (word .doc 51kb)

News and Press Releases

5th July 2018

Healthcare Improvement Scotland - Chair Appointment

As you may be aware, my appointment as Chairman at Healthcare Improvement Scotland comes to an end on 5 September 2018. I am pleased to let you know that the job advert and application pack to appoint a new Chairman are now available. The closing date is 20 July 2018 and further details can be found via the weblink below. I am keen to encourage a broad and diverse range of applications, therefore I would be very grateful if you were able to share this advert across your networks.

Thank you.

Dr Dame Denise Coia
Healthcare Improvement Scotland

26th June 2018

Academy report into NHS Lothian

The Scottish Government has today published the Review of Whistleblowing Allegation NHS Lothian: Final Report. The Review was undertaken by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland between November 2017 and March 2018.

Commenting on the publication of the report, Chair of the Academy Professor Derek Bell OBE, said:

"The Scottish Academy was asked by the Scottish Government to conduct a review into the issues raised around A&E performance and staff whistleblowing."

"I am grateful to NHS Lothian and its staff for their full cooperation and assistance as we conducted the review, and I am pleased that NHS Lothian has accepted all of the recommendations and observations that were included in the report. I hope that they will be useful and constructive to both the Scottish Government and to NHS Lothian as they resolve the issues raised."

The review, which has been published on the Scottish Government website, can be viewed here.

NHS Lothian's response to the review can be viewed here.

11th May 2018

ST3 Recruitment Error

On 4 May, the Scottish Academy were informed that all ST3 recruitment offers in the medical specialties had been recalled and the offers process was to be re-run. This was due to a significant error in the recruitment office of the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCPL) who undertake this process on behalf of the four nations' training bodies. The re-running of the offers process has been undertaken and the first round of job offers were issued on 10 May. The second round is expected to be issued on 15 May. Both the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow have issued statements in relation to the error and are working closely with the RCPL to ensure that candidates are supported through this difficult time. Further updates and information are available on the ST3 Recruitment website.

20th April 2018

The Scottish Academy has completed its review into NHS Lothian and submitted the report to the Scottish Government.

05 January 2018

Scottish Academy statement on winter pressures in the NHS


Scottish Academy Trainee Doctors’ Group

The Scottish Academy Trainee Doctors' Group (SATDG) comprises trainee doctor representatives from all specialities and junior doctor bodies in Scotland.  The SATDG provides trainee input to the work of the Scottish Academy and a coordinated trainee voice on education, training, clinical quality and other matters affecting doctors in Scotland.  They welcome further opportunities to contribute and can be contacted via the Scottish Academy.