Our role

The RCP's core mission is to drive improvements in health and healthcare through advocacy, education and research. 

We are an independent patient centred and clinically led organisation, that drives 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.

Our role in shaping health policy

We draw on our members' knowledge and expertise to develop evidence-based policy in key areas of healthcare. We champion medical professionalism and leadership, promote person-centred care and drive improvements in clinical practice.

We work with government, politicians and other policy makers, royal colleges and other sector organisations to embed quality improvement in healthcare. Learn more about our role in shaping health policy, including our current priorities.

Our role in healthcare

We improve patient care directly in hospitals by developing guidelines for high-quality care on behalf of NICE, setting standards in key areas of care, and measuring that care through our clinical audits and accreditation schemes. We also run quality improvement and patient safety initiatives in a variety of clinical areas.

Our role globally

The RCP has a truly global network, with nearly one-fifth of our members based in over 80 countries worldwide. Our work spans high-, middle- and low-income countries, ranging from accreditation work and guideline development in the Middle East to clinical skills workshops in rural Nigeria.

We develop and coordinate globally-recognised exams, and deliver a wide range of projects aimed at strengthening health systems and improving medical standards across the globe.