Commentary magazine

Commentary is the membership magazine of the RCP, delivering authoritative insight and opinion across a diverse range of subjects – including political developments in the health sector and medical history.

The 32-page magazine is published bimonthly and mailed worldwide to fellows and members alongside Clinical Medicine and Future Hospital Journal. Each issue is also available online.

In the latest issue

  • The Patient and Carer Network – the RCP founded its Patient and Carer Network (PCN) to ensure that the patient voice remains at the centre of our work. How does the PCN work, and who leads this group?
  • Supporting better public health? – the NHS faces a series of crises, many of which are rooted in the nation's health. How can physicians contribute to the debate on public health?
  • The Excellence in Patient Care Awards – the RCP's annual conference, Medicine 2017, saw the second anniversary of the Excellence in Patient Care Awards. We review the work of the eight winning entrants.
  • How green can we make the NHS? – as the nation's biggest employer, the NHS unsurprisingly carries a heavy carbon footprint. How can physicians reduce the environmental impact of their work?
  • Physician associates – this year marks 2 years since the founding of the Faculty of Physician Associates. Commentary investigates the role of the physician associate within the NHS workforce.
  • Helping patients sleep well – the evidence is incontrovertible: sleep aids patient recovery. How can hospitals ensure best practice on busy wards?
  • Grave and learned men – in this excerpt from a new book on the history of the RCP, we explore how medical competence was measured in the 16th century.

Commentary also contains the latest news and comment from the RCP and the world of healthcare, including a new report on medical referrals, the RCP clinical vice president on reducing delayed transfers, and new data from the Medical Workforce Unit on physician wellbeing.

To see archived issues of Commentary open the latest issue and select the archive tab on the left-hand side of the page.