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Since its foundation in 1518, the RCP’s focus has been to improve patient care and reduce illness. We drive improvement in the diagnosis of disease, the care of individual patients and the health of the whole population, both in the UK and across the globe.
As the leading body for physicians in the UK and internationally, the RCP envisages a world in which everyone has the best possible health and healthcare.
The RCP understands its purpose in realising that vision to be:
Educating physicians and supporting them to fulfil their potential
Improving health and care and leading the prevention of ill health across communities
Influencing the way that healthcare is designed and delivered.
Find out how you can help us to put our strategy into practice by clicking on the four tabs.
Click here to view our strategy document RCP 2022-24 strategy.
We’ve put together a delegate package of resources that are usually exclusive to members only. If you’re not yet a member but would like full access to all RCP content, schemes and projects – get in touch today. We’re offering an exclusive membership discount to Medicine 2022 delegates who sign up within 2 weeks of the conference.
RCP membership supports doctors at every step from medical school through to retirement. It’s not just discounts off conferences and events, access to the RCP Player and educational workshops that make physicians want to be part of our community …
Advocacy, the chance to network and ‘having your voice heard’ are all invaluable aspects of membership that can’t be bought. Having the chance to collaborate with leaders in your field, help lobby important issues with government, not to mention ‘pinch me’ moments – such as meeting the Queen at the RCP at Regent’s Park, London and celebrating the RCP’s 500th anniversary like our members and fellows did in 2018. We hope you’ll be part of similar celebrations in the future.
Members have the opportunity to be involved with a number of different projects, committees and schemes, as the link between their hospitals, trusts and the key decision makers at the RCP. For ambitious and committed doctors, having opportunities to improve issues that are important to them is essential.Join the RCP today and be part of a community of engaged and supported physicians. Find out more and join us.
The RCP’s Turner-Warwick lecturer scheme has been showcasing our trainee physicians’ brilliant work since 2019. Celebrating the life and achievements of the RCP’s first female President, Professor Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick, it has become a popular platform for the research being conducted by medical trainees around the UK. Hear from the Turner-Warwick alumni about their experience of the scheme and why you should apply.
We will be inviting applications for the 2023 Turner-Warwick lecturer scheme in July 2022 and full details will be available here
Alternatively, to register your interest in the scheme please email, UKregions@rcp.ac.uk and we will ensure that you receive detailed information on how to apply, as soon as applications for 2023 are open.
The Faculty of Physician Associates (FPA) is the national representative body for the physician associate profession. The voice of the physician associate (PA) profession at national level, we lobby government, set standards, drive progression and provide support for PAs and PA students across all four devolved nations.
Seeking to ensure that PAs thrive no matter where they are in the UK or the specialty in which they work, we strive to support our members in every area. From education to continued development, career progression to wellbeing, giving updates to providing guidance, our aim is to champion the profession and ensure that our members have the opportunity to excel within their PA role.
Download FPA Med22.
RCP Global listens to, learns from, and supports RCP members in over 119 countries worldwide. Wherever we work around the world, we are there to support doctors and the people of the country, not their rulers. The safety of all of those involved in delivering international work is an important consideration. The RCP Global team’s work spans high, middle, and low-income countries and is vital in maintaining high standards of education, training, and professionalism for postgraduate physicians.
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SAS doctor strategy 2022-24
This is the first formal SAS strategy document and it builds on the achievements of 2017–21 while also underpinning the recently published RCP strategy document.
The SAS strategy outlines how this relatively new membership constituency can be developed and supported over the next strategic period and aims to double the numbers of actively participating SAS doctor as members and fellows of the RCP.
You can browse our selection of long-term development programmes:
You can view a guide to all upcoming CPD workshops here, we have a mix of face-to-face and virtual delivery options to suit your preferences.
You can also book our workshops for in-house delivery, fill in your details for a call back.
Prefer to learn online, at your own pace?
Our online learning platform is easy to navigate and use. RCP members can access all the resources for free.
RCP Medicine podcast
Episodes discuss and explore different topics including real-life clinical cases, new evidence-based guidelines and specific physician issues in the modern healthcare environment.
Preparing for your MRCP exams? Try RCP Revise™
RCP Revise™ is a collection of learning resources and courses designed to help doctors prepare for all parts of the MRCP(UK) examinations.
We currently offer these revision products for the MRCP(UK) examinations:
- Textbooks (printed and ebook versions) — revision for Part 1, Part 2, PACES
- Question banks — revision for Part 1 and Part 2
- RCP PACES masterclass — revision for PACES
- Virtual PACES revision course.
We value your feedback – please fill out this short survey , to let us know about your experience and to share any suggestions you may have.
Research for PAs
This session, first broadcast at the Faculty of Physician Associates Annual Conference in November 2021 but relevant to both physicians and PAs, explains how to get involved in research projects and publish your research in peer-reviewed journals. Silo Dilso, Kate Bascombe and Laura Chenevert offer a wealth of insight and practical tips from their perspective as research-active PAs and editorial board members of the RCP journals.
National Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Audit Programme
More than 9 million people are living with a diagnosis of asthma or COPD in the UK and NACAP aims to improve the quality of their care, services and clinical outcomes. NACAP does this by supporting and training clinicians, empowering people living with asthma and COPD, and their carers, and informing policy. NACAP has a track record of delivery and are critical to assessing progress against the NHS Long Term Plan.
As part of this NACAP produces a range of resources which inform, support, educate and influence clinicians and people with asthma and COPD (and their carers) to make informed decisions about respiratory care. Some of our more recent resources are showcased within this hub. To find out more about the NACAP visit: www.rcp.ac.uk/nacap.
CYPA patient report: https://www.rcp.ac.uk/projects/outputs/children-and-young-people-asthma-audit-201920
Primary care patient resources: https://www.rcp.ac.uk/projects/outputs/wales-primary-care-clinical-audit-report-2020
Pulmonary rehabilitation guide to PR: https://www.rcp.ac.uk/projects/outputs/national-asthma-and-copd-audit-programme-nacap-pulmonary-rehabilitation-clinical-0
Falls and Fragility fracture audit programme (FFFAP)
The Falls and Fragility fracture audit programme is a national clinical audit programme, with three key workstreams:
- The National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD): a continuous audit collecting data on all patients admitted to hospital with fragility hip fractures.
- The Fracture Liaison Service Database (FLSDB): A continuous audit collecting data from January 2016. The FLSDB aims to evaluate patterns of assessment and treatment for osteoporosis and falls across primary and secondary care.
- The National Audit of Inpatient Falls (NAIF): collects data across acute, mental health and community and specialist trusts on inpatient falls prevention. NAIF aims to improve inpatient falls prevention through audit and quality improvement.
FLSDB Six Golden Rules: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/six-golden-rules-video-resource
FLSDB strong bones after 50: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/guidelines-policy/strong-bones-after-50-fracture-liaison-services-explained
FLSDB webinar – available on RCP YouTube, but not on RCP webpage: https://youtu.be/nkW9Mp9Pq8Q
Hip fracture guide for carers: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/hip-fracture-guide-family-carers
NAIF Healthcare champions video: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/healthcare-champions-and-patient-information-resource-national-audit-inpatient
Patient and carer involvement: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/outputs/patient-and-public-involvement-and-engagement-good-practice-examples
The diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome
UK clinical guidelines
Fibromyalgia syndrome is common, yet its diagnosis can be challenging. Symptoms vary, are commonly multiple and can fluctuate. Because of this, patients may be diagnosed inaccurately with alternative conditions, only receive an FMS diagnosis after years of delay, or sometimes be inaccurately diagnosed with FMS.
New guidelines, published by the RCP, aim to support clinicians in the diagnosis of FMS. They are particularly for patient-facing clinicians who are specialists in areas other than complex pain conditions.
Produced by a multidisciplinary guideline development group which included representatives from general practice, surgery, nursing, occupational health, rheumatology, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and physiotherapy as well as patients diagnosed with FMS, the guidelines aim to provide succinct, relevant information for clinicians and patients about what FMS is, and what it is not.
It is hoped that the guidelines will lead to better understanding and awareness of FMS, enabling timely diagnosis and management.
Alongside the full guidelines, a diagnostic worksheet and two information sheets provide summary information for clinicians and patients.
Acute care toolkit 16: Acute medical care for people with a learning disability
It is estimated that approximately 2% of the adult population has a learning disability. On average, people with a learning disability die 20 years younger than their peers.
People with a learning disability experience worse patient safety outcomes and quality of care in hospital; clinical challenges include delayed presentation, communication, behaviours of distress and diagnostic overshadowing.
All staff working in acute medical units should read this toolkit, as they will care for people with a learning disability who present acutely unwell to hospital. An Easy Read version of the toolkit is also available to download.
The toolkit contains:
- top tips on caring for people with a learning disability
- guidance on reasonable adjustments
- features of acute presentations of people with a learning disability
- considerations for the treatment of common medical problems in this patient group
- medicolegal and safeguarding considerations
- recommendations for quality improvement and education.
Personalised prescribing: using pharmacogenomics to improve patient outcomes
We all vary in our responses to medicines. There can be enormous variation from person to person in whether a medicine works, whether it causes serious side effects and what dose is needed. This variation can be due to many factors, including an individual’s genes. Scientists have established a genetic cause for such variation for over 40 medicines. The study of this area is called pharmacogenomics.
Pharmacogenomic testing can be used to discover which variants of genes an individual carries, and whether they impact on the response to medicines they are given. This information can be used to guide the choice of medicine and dose, increasing the likelihood that each person receives the most effective medicine for them, at the best dose, the first time they are treated.
A new report from the Royal College of Physicians and British Pharmacological Society joint working party considers the opportunities provided by increasing pharmacogenomic testing. It includes a set of recommendations encompassing steps along the pathway to embedding pharmacogenomics in the NHS. It covers understanding the evidence for each test, working with patients and the public to understand their needs and communicate potential benefits of testing, training healthcare professionals to exploit advances in pharmacogenomics, working with leaders to commission testing, and ensuring that it is implemented effectively in practice.
Click on the images to download the main report and the patient summary.
Getting involved with the RCP’s peer-reviewed journals can be a rewarding experience. Here, Sheena Visram shares some of the highlights and challenges of her 5 years on the editorial board of the Future Healthcare Journal.
Access the special issue Sheena mentions here.
If you’ve been inspired to get involved yourself, find the latest editorial board vacancies here.
Click here to see a summary of the journals produced in the last year.
This doctor can
This doctor can is a campaign that supports the wellbeing, development and retention of physicians from all backgrounds and walks of life.
This doctor can celebrates diversity and promotes equality and inclusion by showcasing role models from across the broad spectrum of our membership. It also offers helpful information about RCP activities and initiatives in education, leadership, quality improvement, public relations and policy, all aimed at making every doctor feel included and inspired to progress in their careers.
Seven previous contributors to the blog have kindly agreed to being interviewed for Med22:
For details of MedProjectHub visit https://medprojecthub.com/
Dr Kav Davoudi – Watch here
Claire Alajooz - Watch here
Dr Fizzah Ali – Watch here
Dr Helen Grote – Watch here
Dr Hussain Bashir – Watch here
Dr Lopez Okhiai – Watch here
Professor Chloe Orkin – Watch here
To read other blogs from contributors visit https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/projects/doctor-can
Medical Workforce Unit (MWU)
Download: MWU Med22
The RCP’s work in shaping health policy
We want the UK to have a multiprofessional medical workforce that meets the needs of patients.
There is #StrengthInNumbers
The RCP is calling for:
- the number of medical places to be doubled over the next decade
- the Health and Care Bill to establish greater accountability and transparency on whether we are training enough health and care staff now to meet demand in the future
For more information go to: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/guidelines-policy/strength-numbers-stronger-workforce-planning-health-and-care-bill
The RCP would like you to join the #StrengthInNumbers campaign and write to your MP about the amendment on workforce planning. For an email template to do that please visit: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/guidelines-policy/join-strengthinnumbers-campaign-write-your-mp-about-workforce-planning
We want government policies across the UK to reduce health inequalities, particularly by focusing on the prevention of ill health.
The RCP is a founder member of Action of Smoking and Health, the Alcohol Health Alliance, the Obesity Health Alliance and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change. Through these alliances we collectively influence government, the NHS and others.
In 2020 we established the Inequalities in Health Alliance (IHA), which has grown to a coalition of over 200 organisations campaigning for a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities.
If you would like to get involved with the IHA please go to http://www.rcp.ac.uk/iha for details about joining and to read our latest briefing.