RCP partnerships, advertising, sponsorship and internal lettings policy for accepting external events

This document outlines for the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) the key principles and specific criteria that should be applied when assessing the acceptability of external events requests and outlines the main guidelines applying to third party partnerships, advertising and sponsorship.

Background and key principles

The RCP is an independent charity which aims to improve patient care and reduce illness. Patient-centred and clinically led, the organisation drives improvement in the diagnosis of disease, the care of individual patients and the health of the whole population, both in the UK and around the world.

Developed for its own meetings purposes, the RCP has created a conference and events centre overlooking Regent's Park in the heart of London. These facilities are marketed as a venue to external organisations for conferences, meetings, dinners and training. The income that is received from external events is important and contributes directly to the funding of RCP work.

Within this context and within our values and independence as a charitable medical membership body, the RCP seeks to develop external business from a range of organisations. It seeks to work with organisations that wish to hold events at its London venue, or are interested in advertising, sponsorship, joint ventures and partnerships. A principal objective of this work is to raise income to contribute to the RCP’s wide range of charitable activities and the following principles and criteria will be used to assess and accept external events or relationships as described here.

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Meaning and implications

Download this document for a definition of the term ‘corporate partnerships’ and the implications for the RCP in having such relationships.


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