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Senior Physicians Society

The RCP offers a number of benefits exclusive to retired members.

The RCP’s Retired Fellows and Members Association has combined with the Widows and Widowers and is now called the Senior Physicians Society. This organisation provides its members with an opportunity to contribute to the activities of the RCP, and the opportunity to enjoy scientific, cultural and educational meetings at the RCP.

All retired fellows and members are automatically enrolled into the Senior Physicians Society as part of their retirement benefits. Widows and widowers of fellows and members can also join the SPS free of charge by emailing sps@rcp.ac.uk.

Meetings are held at the RCP three times a year usually February, May and October.

At these events, we invite enthusiastic and dedicated speakers in fields surrounding the meetings’ theme. There is also time for questions and answers at the end. There is a charge of £48 per head which includes an informal lunch (members are welcome to bring guests).

Upcoming SPS events

"Old friends, ‘5 star’ acts, great value for money".

Our first sell-out event for 2023 was held on Monday 13 February 2023, on the topic of politics. The next one was held on Monday 15 May 2023, on the topic of music. This included two stunning operatic performances. As this was very popular and successful music will be making a return in Autumn 2024.

Our final SPS event in 2023 was held on Monday 2 October 2023, on the topic of history of medicine.

The full programme for each event will be available on the booking page. For those wanting to book travel and accommodation in advance, the timetable below is available:

10:15 – 11:15am Registration and coffee

11:15 – 11:25am Professor Dame Jane Dacre Welcome to the meeting

11:25am – 12:05pm Speaker 1

12:05 – 12:45pm Speaker 2

12:45 – 2:45pm Lunch and coffee 

2:45 – 3:25pm Speaker 3 

3:25 – 4:05pm Speaker 4 

4:05pm Close

2024 Dates for the diary:

Monday 19 February 2024 - architecture - booking open now

Monday 20 May 2024 - gardens

October/November 2024 TBC - music

  • Society member/Widow(er) of a society member - £48
  • Not a society member - £58

We are always happy to receive ideas and suggestions for future meetings from our members.

List of Committee Members

  • Professor Dame Jane Dacre, Chair
  • Professor Simon Bowman
  • Dr Nicholas Cambridge
  • Dr John Dean
  • Dr Michael Hall
  • Dr Rowan Hillson
  • Professor Dame Parveen Kumar
  • Mrs Mary Poole-Wilson
  • Professor Dafydd Thomas

Retirement status

If you have any membership queries, or wish to declare your retirement status, you can email membershipqueries@rcp.ac.uk

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