Northern Ireland

The Royal College of Physicians' (RCP's) Northern Ireland regional office, based in Belfast, is here to support local physicians, provide educational events, administer the approval of consultant job descriptions and help develop and maintain regional networks.

The Northern Ireland region covers all of Northern Ireland and is in close proximity to the NorthernWales and Mersey RCP regions.

Contact information

Regional office

Sonya Lappin, regional manager
Tel: +44 (0)28 9063 4982

Royal Colleges of Physicians – Northern Ireland regional office
The Education Centre
Elliott Dynes Rehabilitation Unit
Royal Hospitals
Grosvenor Road
BT12 6BA

Regional advisers

Regional advisers are the link between local hospital physicians and the RCP and are vital in carrying out specific duties that maintain the quality of local services. Your local regional advisers are:

Dr Michael Trimble
Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast
Tel: +44 (0)28 9024 0503

Dr Jacqueline Rendall
Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

Dr Philip Johnston
Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

College tutors and associate college tutors

RCP college tutors (CTs) and associate college tutors (ACTs) provide valuable and important support to the RCP, their trust and health education board by overseeing and supporting trainees through their education and training. Contact your regional office for more information. 

Student and Foundation Doctor Network (SFDN) representatives

The SFDN is made up of 20 medical student and foundation doctor representatives located across the UK, plus a network chair, who act as RCP ambassadors in their regions. Contact your representative by visiting the Student and Foundation Doctor Network representatives website.

Trainees Committee (TC) representatives

The RCP Trainees Committee (TC) is comprised entirely of medical trainees, and reflects the RCP’s commitment to encouraging physicians-in-training to develop active roles in shaping the future of medicine.

Email with local and national issues you think TC should be aware of or that you would like more information about.

New Consultants Committee (NCC) representatives

The NCC aims to meet the interests and needs of doctors at an important stage in their career while also giving new consultants an opportunity to feed into the development of RCP policy and to contribute to its work. Contact for more information.

Chief registrars

For more information on the Chief Registrar scheme and find out who the regional Chief Registrars are contact or visit the chief registrar website. 

SAS Regional Representatives Network

The SAS Regional Representative Network has been created to ensure that SAS doctors’ needs, views and interests are represented within the regional teams and to increase their active involvement with the RCP. It gives SAS doctors the opportunity to develop leadership skills and to make a difference to how the RCP thinks and develops. For more information visit Specialty, associate specialist and staff grade (SAS) doctors

Contact for information about current SAS regional representative vacancies.

Job description approvals

For the approval of job descriptions please contact your regional manager. Further information and guidance on job planning is available from Advisory Appointments Committees (AAC).

RCP membership benefits

As a member of the RCP you have access to a wide range of benefits to help you excel in your career, including:

  • exclusive member discounts on conferences, workshops and learning tools
  • a regional and international network to support you wherever you’re based
  • access to our member-only video archive, where you can watch educational content from RCP events and earn CPD points
  • free access to our online CPD diary, saving you £150 per year.

For more information or to join, visit Join the RCP.