In March 2012 the Royal College of Physicians established the Future Hospital Commission, chaired by Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, to address growing concerns about the standards of care currently seen in hospitals.

The commission published its final report, Future hospital: caring for medical patients, in September 2013. The report set out the commission’s vision for hospital services structured around the needs of patients, now and in the future. Its recommendations are drawn from the very best of our hospital services, taking examples of existing innovative, patient-centred services to develop a comprehensive model of hospital care that meets the needs of patients, now and in the future.

Future hospital: caring for medical patients focuses on the care of acutely ill medical patients, the organisation of medical services, and the role of physicians and doctors in training across the medical specialties in England and Wales. However, people’s needs are often complex, and hospital services must be organised to respond to all aspects of physical health (including multiple acute and chronic conditions), mental health and wellbeing, and social and support needs. The model of care proposed by the Future Hospital Commission is underpinned by the principle that hospitals must be designed around the needs of patients.

Below you will find links to the commission’s main report and other documents summarising its recommendations. Additional case studies to those detailed in the report can be found by visiting the case studies webpage.

You can find out how the RCP is taking forward the commission’s recommendations by visiting the Future Hospital Programme webpage.

Last updated on: 04 February 2015