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Meet the team

Meet the team

Our Team

Practice Based Small Group Learning Scotland

PBSGL Project Lead - Ronald MacVicar

RonaldI am the NES Academic Dean for the North of Scotland and I am the Project Lead for the Practice Based Small Group Learning (PBSGL) programme.

In 2001/2002, I went to Southern Ontario for a sabbatical study year and one of the reasons for going was to investigate PBSGL in Canada where it had been founded. I wanted to assess whether it would be suitable for UK General Practice. The rest is history: piloting the approach initially in five groups in the West and North of Scotland, rolling the project out to all GPs in Scotland, researching its effectiveness in groups of practice nurses and groups that contain both GPs and practice nurses. 

We now have over 370 groups and nearing 2,250 active members. This represents a quarter of Scottish GPs and the numbers are growing, and the resource is being used by GPs in speciality training (GPSTs) and increasingly by pharmacists.


PBSGL Educational Clinical Lead - Peter McCalisterPeter

I am a GP in Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire. Prior to PBSGL I worked in primary care research, and for some years as an Associate Advisor with NES, taking a special interest in Protected Learning Time, and practice team facilitation and learning.

I became involved in PBSGL in 2003 when I started a pilot group … one of the first 5 groups in Scotland at that time. In 2006 I became the PBSGL Clinical Lead and this involved me training new group leaders, and tartanising the Canadian modules. I then began writing UK-based modules from established guidelines, and more recently from scratch. I now work as an editor of new modules, working with a wide team of writers, knowledge managers, and others.

When not doing PBSGL work or seeing patients, I go walking and swimming, and play a very noisy set of bagpipes.

PBSGL Research Lead - David Cunningham


I am an Assistant Director in the GP section of NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and I’ve worked for the organisation for 16 years. I am the operational lead for CPD Connect joining together all the CPD provision from NES across Scotland including PBSGL.

My main work with PBSGL is the research lead and I’m also involved in training facilitators and usually I edit two or three modules per year. Our current research plans include evaluating the programme for NHS pharmacists and practice nurses and I also want to find out more about who GPs want to learn with.

In addition to this I'm a GP in Irvine in North Ayrshire and I've been there for 28 years. I do out-of-hours often on a Sunday morning at Ayr Hospital. 

Pharmacy Adviser – Leon Zlotos


I am the Principal Lead for Professional Development in NES Pharmacy and I have been involved with PBSGL since a pharmacy pilot project in 2011. I have supported David with a number of research projects / publications to evaluate the use PBSGL for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, in uniprofessional and interprofessional groups.

My role in the team is to support facilitator training and module production, but also to provide insight on the perspectives of our growing pharmacy membership. I aim to raise awareness of PBSGL to the pharmacy profession and encourage membership to help pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to meet their CPD and revalidation requirements in the future.