Medicine is in a state of flux in the UK: the patient profile is changing, health budgets are stretched ever tighter and a major overhaul of the training of doctors is afoot. The Annual review 2013 shows how, through the Future Hospital Commission, the RCP is addressing these challenges to ensure the best possible care for patients.

Forewords from the president and chief executive

Sir Richard Thompson, president, and Patricia Wright, chief executive, discuss the work of the Future Hospital Commission and the range of innovative and dynamic actions that the RCP is taking to remain at the forefront of healthcare.

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Delivering high-quality care for patients

Through our response to the Francis Inquiry, accreditation and audit programmes, and clinical guidelines, the RCP ensures that clinical care is of the highest standard.

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Promoting health and reducing health harm

In 2013, the RCP continued to campaign on public health issues including obesity, tobacco, and minimum unit pricing for alcohol with the aim of delivering health improvements that will benefit the whole of society.

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Improving health services

Patients are at the centre of everything that the RCP and the NHS do. In light of the Future Hospital Commission and the Francis Inquiry, we look at how improving patient experience and outcomes must be central to healthcare.

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Developing the profession

Doctors and health services will need to adapt to meet the changing needs of the ageing patient population. We look at how our education, training, careers and other initiatives are proactively seeking to equip members and fellows with the skills they will need to deliver excellent patient care in the future.

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RCP Patient and Carer Network

Suzie Shepherd, lay chair of the RCP’s Patient and Carer Network, explains the central role that patients and carers
played in shaping the work of the Future Hospital Commission.

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Eleven principles of patient care

Patients should be provided with high-quality and compassionate care that meets their clinical and support needs. These recommendations, taken from the report of the Future Hospital Commission, outline the fundamental principles that underlie this concept.

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Supporting and representing doctors

The RCP is committed to ensuring that our members and fellows across the UK and around the world are supported to deliver the best care to their patients and that their views are represented at the highest levels of government.

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Annual report 2013

Our full statutory annual report and accounts for 2013 are now available online.

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