Medicine 2020: RCP annual conference

When and where

7 January 2021 to 8 January 2021
The ICC,
8 Centenary Square, Birmingham, B1 2EA

Medicine 2020: RCP annual conference

RCP postpones annual conference Medicine 2020 until January

The Royal College of Physicians has decided to postpone its annual Medicine conference until 7-8 January 2021 – to take place at the same venue, the ICC in Birmingham – to support efforts to contain and mitigate against threats posed by the coronavirus outbreak.

As a leading health organisation aimed at improving patient care and preventing disease in the UK and globally, the RCP takes seriously its responsibility to protect clinicians and the public from contracting COVID-19 and to ensure that the NHS is as prepared as it can be for increased demand.

As most of those attending the annual conference are doctors and other health professionals, this move signals the RCP’s concern to protect the NHS frontline workforce as best it can.

Postponing the conference is aimed at removing any additional risk posed to clinicians who would be needed to manage patients should the situation with coronavirus become more serious. Medicine 2020, the RCP’s flagship conference and the largest event in our annual programme, was expecting upwards of 1,000 delegates from across the globe to Birmingham in April.

The RCP has contacted delegates, speakers, and exhibitors to inform them of the postponement.

RCP president Professor Andrew Goddard said: ‘While the situation is evolving and it is unclear exactly what will happen in the weeks and months ahead, we felt it was important to take decisive action now to offer early certainty to all those involved with this year’s event.

‘Our aim is always to protect people’s health and it simply wouldn’t be sensible to bring together hundreds of doctors from all over the UK, and other countries too, when they are already stretched, dealing with COVID-19 on top of all the other pressures on the NHS.

‘We shouldn’t put doctors at unnecessary risk of contracting or spreading the virus so it is a wise precaution to postpone Medicine 2020. Now, as always, I want to protect the wellbeing of the NHS workforce.’

The RCP will look forward to welcoming delegates to the conference on the new dates of 7-8 January 2021, at ICC Birmingham.  Please refer to the FAQs for more information, or contact

For more information please visit our Medicine 2020 website 

Bringing together speakers at the forefront of improving patient care, Medicine 2020 will provide an essential national update for physicians from all career grades and specialties. Exploring ground-breaking medical developments, we’ll focus on how to deliver world-class healthcare.

Programme highlights

  • Hear - experts presenting on cutting-edge topics
  • Network - with physicians from ascross the globe
  • Discuss - the latest healthcare developments
  • Participate - in hands-on sessions to improve your skills.

Excellent range of speakers with an overall uplifting message about the wonderful nature of a career in medicine

previous medicine conference delegate

Visit the Medicine 2020 website for more information and book your place.

Featured articles

Over the course of eight weeks, we'll be looking at the more personal side of our annual conference and asking a representative from each of the categories of those that attended Medicine 2019 to tell us what Medicine 2020 means to them.

Read week 1 here.

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Sponsorship & Exhibition

We offer access to our clinicians throughout the event and beyond. We provide stand and networking opportunities through our dedicated exhibition as well as symposium, sponsorship and bespoke options.

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