Policy and public affairs at the RCP

The Royal College of Physicians' (RCP's) mission is to drive improvements in health and healthcare. No one knows more about the health service than our member doctors working in hospitals across the UK.

What we are doing

We draw on our members' knowledge and expertise to develop evidence-based policy in key areas of healthcare. We champion medical professionalism and leadership, promote person-centred care and drive improvements in clinical practice.

The RCP regularly communicates and meets with government, parliamentarians and stakeholders to embed quality improvement across all health policy. We provide MPs, peers and civil servants with independent advice to improve policy that is being developed and implemented. 

We work across Westminster, Wales and the European Union on a wide range of policy areas:

  • Public health: The RCP is working with colleagues across the UK’s major health institutions to tackle public health challenges posed by air pollution and climate change, alcohol, obesity and tobacco.
  • Research and academic medicine: We are encouraging all physicians to get more involved in research and working for research and medical academia to become an integral part of the NHS.
  • Workforce: We represent the needs of the NHS workforce to a range of stakeholders including ministers, politicians and NHS bodies, ensuring that the voices of our members and fellows are heard.
  • Brexit: We want the best outcome possible for doctors and patients after the UK leaves the EU.

The RCP has developed guidance and a template letter that our members and fellows can use to write to their NHS trust's CEO.

What we have produced

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has long argued that we need to rethink the way we deliver healthcare: breaking down barriers between hospitals and the community, and working in partnership with patients to deliver joined-up care.
This report focuses on developing the evidence base to support new ways of assessing and improving doctors’ morale.

This toolkit, produced by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), with support from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), aims to provide the information to physicians that will help you get engaged in research in lots of different ways.

In recent years, the work of physicians has become increasingly challenging, with an overstretched health and care system leading to pressure on hospitals.

We need an NHS that puts patients first. We need a system that enables doctors, nurses and others on the front line of the NHS to deliver the safest, most effective care, in whatever setting is most appropriate for each patient’s needs.

This report by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), entitled Work and wellbeing in the NHS: why staff health matters to patient care, sets out why it is in the best interests of both patients and NHS organisations for the health, wellbeing and engagement of the NHS workforce to be prio

Hospital workforce: fit for the future? looks at the key challenges facing the medical workforce.

The Royal College of Physicians encourages its members and fellows to write to NHS trust CEOs to ask them how winter preparations are going.