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President's Report

December 2019

The IDF has seen numerous changes this year and some difficult choices had to be made, but I feel we now have a more effective structure and financial security to ensure the stability of the organisation. This is essential to maintain our role as a designated body for revalidation, improve service to our members, and job security for our staff, as well maintain the influence of the IDF. As part of this process we have consolidated our governance structure to remove the Board level altogether; its remit will be met by an enhanced Executive Board Committee as it will now be known. Our Finance Committee will also have a greater role in decision making under our new Treasurer, Dr Arvinder Kurbaan; a very safe pair of hands. The rest of our committees remain as active as ever representing the private sector on your behalf, and there are election opportunities for those wishing to become more involved with our work. This whole process has taken time and care and I thank those involved in putting the new structure in place.

I have been personally involved in many activities. I spoke at the RCGP Development Service training day on private primary care and how they will be able to support practices given unsafe ratings by CQC – a new joint venture between the IDF and RCGP. I also chaired a fascinating meeting on the move from adolescent to adult mental health at the Oxford and Cambridge Club. We have now held our first IDF Council meeting for all committee members and staff which proved extremely useful; there will be another in March 2020. There is a new and active Corporate Member Committee who will approve new corporate members and enhance awareness of their services to our membership. The informal dinners continue at Bernardi’s restaurant, initially advertised to new members but opened to all members and corporates shortly afterwards; they are a great evening and proving popular so look out for the invitation. We also enjoyed a pre-Christmas drinks party in the vaults of Berry Bros and Rudd in St James; just one of numerous social and educational events in the past few months; not least of which was the study weekend in Malaga in September, which was as ever interesting and great fun to meet old friends and make new.

Next year is already being planned and you might want to put dates in your dairies for the End of Winter Blues Party at Leighton House on the 12th February and our spring symposium at Magdalene College, Cambridge on the 28th March. The President’s Dinner will be at the Royal College of General Practitioners on the 25th March with our speaker Lord Norman Lamont. The study weekend is in Stockholm next year on the 11th September and will be advertised in Q1. This is going to be a fantastic event in an amazing venue and city so see you there (and rehearse your Abba songs!)

Many of you will know that I have to take some leave in January for health reasons, but our new governance system will ensure the day to day running of the IDF will continue unaltered. I should be back on track after a couple of weeks so forgive me if I go a little quiet for a time.

All that remains is to wish everyone involved with the IDF an amazing holiday period and a prosperous and healthy New Year! The IDF (and myself) will then be even stronger and fitter to serve your needs!

Many thanks for your time and see you soon, I hope.


Dr Neil Haughton
IDF President

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