Passionate about People & Service Improvement. Demonstrable leadership, project delivery and strategic direction across medicine. Long clinical experience.
Including contributions to the End of Life Care group, Wales Mental Health in Primary care group and the Patient Partnership in Practice.
Chair of RCGPWales
I raised the profile of the College in Wales and the plight of GPs in Wales. Jointly with my role as lead for primary care development in Public Health Wales I significantly influenced the content and direction of the Primary Care Plan for Wales published by Welsh government in Feb 2015. This recognized the core role of GPs and practice nurses. During my tenure we set up the “Leaders of the future” programme which has produced 5 cohorts of young doctors aspiring to be leaders and many have taken up influential roles in their localities or at national level. We persuaded the Welsh government to develop a strategy for GP and GPN recruitment and adjust the Performers List regulations to make it easier for doctors to move into Wales
North Wales Faculty Board
Currently Chair. I have facilitated educational meetings and meetings with Welsh government and LHB officials.
Recognised for considered, sensible contribution, progressive approach to challenges and commitments to causes.
Patient & Carer Partnership Group
Vice Chair. In recognition of levels of dissatisfaction and frustration within the group, I pushed for a short life working group on the future of the group and was asked to chair that. It delivered its report on time to the Council and several of the recommendations have been implemented.
RCGP Ethics Committee
Devolved council representative. Introduced the topic of Ethics of Shared Decision Making, and jointly produced winning ethics poster at UK Conference 2016.
Revalidation Governance Group
Reviewing and designing guidance to ensure the revalidation process was helpful and meaningful.
As a college officer I was part of the Extended Leadership team and was on the boards for Membership experience, International and Quality. I was closely involved in design and implementation Put Patients First, Back General Practice.
I have enjoyed a portfolio career as a GP with jobs in occupational health, psychiatry, education, governance, board membership and public health.
I was a principal in general practice for 30 years in NE Wales with patients in both England and Wales, list size increased from 3,300 to 5,200. I was a trainer and tutor for students. We had an excellent reputation as a leading edge practice with good CHC and LHB governance visits reports. Latterly we embraced a more business like approach with increase in profitability whilst maintaining good access, a patient centred approach and continuity of care. I was the lead on the development of our new premises which won design and disability awards. I was an Undergraduate 5th year tutor, a trainer and an educational supervisor. I left the Performers List in 2016
I was one of the first GPs in Wales to undertake a Masters degree in primary care. I was a founder member of the first GP Research Network in Wales (CAPRICORN).
I introduced portfolio CPD for GPs in Wrexham providing peer led workshops rather than specialist led lectures. I contributed to the development of GP specialty training and the introduction of appraisal processes in Wales through my work as chair of the GP Postgraduate education committee and a Course Organiser.
I have created a link with the family medicine training program in Lesotho, and chair the Dolen Cymru / Lesotho health group, which is supporting WHO mental health GP training for non specialised health professionals.
I have experience of working with primary and secondary care colleagues in medicine, nursing and therapies, social services, LHB staff, Trust staff and civil servants. I have worked at strategic government level, regional and LHB level.
I was a Board member for Wrexham LHB for 4 years. Commended by lay and executive members for my challenging but supportive approach and succinct responses to proposals. I took a lead with locality development, working with Trust managers. This was an early version of the concept later introduced as GP clusters. I was later assistant then interim medical director during a period of transformation to a larger organization.
I have chaired committees at Welsh national level (eg Postgraduate education in General Practice, Review into CPD for primary care professionals, GP National Specialist Advisory Group, Primary Care Quality Forum) and currently chair the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in Wales . I have been a Wales representative on UK committees. Eg NCAA assessment forum, NICE guide to audit, HQIP National Audit Group, Queens Nursing Institute Advisory group for standards in GP Nursing)
My work in the Clinical Governance Support and Development Unit included development of national strategy for both primary and secondary care, training to LHB and Trust Boards on their responsibilities and understanding of quality and accountability. I contributed to several action planning events and the production of clinical governance development plans and was also part of the Dept of Health team assessing clinical governance activity in Welsh health organisations. I have always been keen to stress the importance of looking after staff as much as patients.
I led the development of a clinical governance self assessment tool. Completion has been voluntary but it was completed initially by almost half of Welsh practices and contributes to revalidation processes in Wales. Since being introduced as part of QOF in 2013 it has been completed by over 90% practices. It is used as a framework for the assessment of practices by Health Inspectorate Wales.
I have a keen interest in team and personal professional performance. I sat on National Clinical Assessment Authority Assessment Framework Forum looking at assessment methodology for doctors and dentists in all sectors. I chaired a sub-group on local procedures for primary care and contributed to the development of best practice guidance for LHBs in Wales. I was professional lead for the Primary Medical Care Advisor Team which supports LHBs in implementing these procedures. The Team advises on GP and contract issues and undertakes investigations of GPs about whom there are performance concerns.
I was a peer supporter in the Primary Care Support Service providing counselling to doctors in difficulty.
I was named as a “GP hero” by Pulse in 2016
I have given interviews to newspapers, radio and TV at local and national level both pre recorded and live.
Carey LunanExecutive Officer for Interface, RCGP Scotland
``At this time of enormous change and uncertainty facing our profession, we need a voice that is strong, clear and consistent. The RCGP needs a President that has wisdom and experience, and an ability to see the bigger picture and represent the views of general practitioners across the whole of the UK.``
John O'KellyImmediate Past Chair, RCGP NI
``I have no doubt Paul has the ability to hold the College to account so that it is acting in best interests of all members in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland. and the International community.``
Charlotte JonesChair GPC Wales
``I know from personal experience that not only does he has the skills and personality to do this role with aplomb, but he also has vast experience and a proven track record of raising the profile of General Practice and is not afraid to take on daunting challenges``
Malcolm LewisDirector Postgraduate Education for General Practice, Wales Deanery
``Paul was a very successful chair of RCGP Wales Council and I think would make a balanced and effective president of the College``
Matt JonesGPST2 AiT Rep, Cardiff
``Paul is approachable, empathetic and understanding to the challenges that face trainees. I’m always impressed with his attitude that solutions can be generated by trainees themselves and he actively encourages suggestions for improvement.``
James RigbyGPST3 AiT Rep, North Wales
``Dr Myres is very supportive and through his guidance we have created a strong Joint AiT/First 5 group. He has a natural ability to lead the RCGP forward if successfully appointed as President.``
Zaid MakzalGPST3, Cardiff
``Dr Myres has a real and obvious passion for general practice and is an inspirational advocate for trainees. I am confident that as president of RCGP he will promote and prioritise the needs of GP trainees.``
Mark BoulterGP and former Chair Wales Mental Health in Primary Care
``I've Known Paul for many years. I have seen him excel as Chair of RCGP Wales at a difficult time. He has a keen interest in Mental Health and together we travelled to Lesotho to train young doctors in many aspects of mental health and he showed himself to be an excellent communicator and very impassioned about equality.``