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

  • William Harvey and ceaseless motion – celebrating our 500th anniversary, the RCP Museum's first exhibition of 2018 honours one of the medical world's most famous figures and the impact he made on his profession.
  • The invited service review team – over the course of many years, our invited service review team has offered consultation on medical teams and ways of working.
  • Improving teams in healthcare – from listening to feedback from doctors, we know that the perceived breakdown of the medical team is a major cause for concern. The RCP has launched a new series of resources with practical advice to strengthen team working.
  • Ever persons capable and able – to celebrate the RCP's quincentenary, a new series of books charts the history of the college. Here we share an excerpt from the latest to be published.
  • Delivering the future hospital – this new report marks the end of the 3-year Future Hospital Programme, and discusses the key findings from the RCP's ambitious programme of work, putting patients at the centre of care.
  • Making a successful chief registrar – the chief registrar scheme offers junior doctors a vital opportunity to improve leadership and management skills. Independent evaluation reveals the key factors in making a successful chief registrar.
  • Osler and his enduring legacy – nearly 100 years on from his death, William Osler continues to influence the way medicine is practised, and attitudes to healthcare. Two former presidents of the Osler Club discuss why Osler is still important today.

Commentary also contains the latest news and comment, including the launch of policy project Our Future Health, a consultation on physician associates, and an update on the RCP's fundraising scheme Giving Health.

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