Joining the RCP's Patient and Carer Network

The Patient and Carer Network (PCN) is a network of volunteers in England and Wales who support and shape the work of the RCP.  The RCP and the PCN aim to improve care for patients and influence the future of health and healthcare.

How to join

The RCP is currently recruiting new volunteers to join the PCN. To find out more and apply, please visit our recruitment portal, where you will also find a full volunteer role description. The closing date for applications in this round is Sunday 17 September. If you have any queries, get in touch with our Patient Involvement Team:

More information about the PCN

Members of the PCN take part in focus groups, committees and workshops on a range of topics affecting patients, the NHS and hospital doctors. PCN members review and comment on policies, reports and guidance to make sure patient and carer experience informs all aspects of the RCP’s work.  

Working together with doctors, PCN members help the RCP to remain receptive, responsive and relevant to patients, carers and the public.

Why do people join the PCN?

By joining the PCN, members become part of an engaging group of volunteers who interact online and in person. Roles vary depending on members’ experiences, interests and availability – from participating in surveys and responding to consultations, to taking part in workshops, and events.

The PCN has:  

  • an interest in health or social care
  • the desire to improve health and healthcare
  • the ability to volunteer time either online or in person
  • respect for diversity
  • the ability to work well with others.

Volunteers join the PCN to make a difference. Areas where the PCN has made a significant impact include: