Royal College of General Practitioners

Member profile

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) was founded in 1952, soon after the introduction of National Health Service. Its contributions became important to the British Government and to the work of many institutions concerned with local & international healthcare. Today RCGP’s aim for its members remains unaltered: to support the general practitioner as the personal doctor at the heart of Health Service, to ensure good standards of practice, and to contribute to the academic life of medicine.

Main activities

RCGP’s main objective is: "To encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards in general medical practice and for that purpose to take or join with others in taking any steps consistent with the charitable nature of that object which may assist towards the same." Under the Royal Charter the College is entitled to:

  • Undertake training courses or other educational activities designed to enhance the medical knowledge and skill of general medical practitioners.
  • Grant postgraduate diplomas or other certificates of proficiency or standard in general medical practice as a whole or in any subject required.
  • Diffuse information on all matters affecting general medical practice and establish & issue publications and hold meetings that may assist the object of the College.

Links to the health workforce crisis

RCGP is a network of physicians who have the common aim of promoting excellence in family medicine. The RCGP works to support doctors in general practice and improve patient care:

  • representing the views of general practitioners on key Government committees and working groups.
  • providing networking and benchmarking opportunities.
  • developing clinical guidelines for general medical practice.
  • providing continuing education and training and resources.
  • developing new qualifications and methods of assessment.
  • seeking funding for a wide range of projects.
  • awarding fellowships which enable research.
  • publishing up-to-date innovations in general practice.

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