The Royal College of Physicians' (RCP's) mission is to drive improvements in health and healthcare. Our members are at the heart of the health service, 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.
Our 2019 policy priorities
At its September meeting, the RCP Council agreed our policy and campaigns priorities for 2019. Officers, committees and staff across the RCP were involved in drafting the priorities, which we asked fellows and members to rank in a survey in July.
Make sure the UK has a sustainable medical workforce that meets the needs of patients
We will work to increase the number of medical students; make the UK attractive and accessible to doctors and trainees from overseas; promote physician associates and other roles; and protect a safe, reflective learning culture.
Make sure UK health policy is led by the latest research and innovation
We will promote the benefits and challenges of new technology, and further advocate for protected time for research. We will continue to lead in supporting a research active medical workforce.
Make sure the UK takes an integrated and people-centred approach to health
We will protect the NHS as a universal service, properly funded and free at the point of delivery. We will work to integrate primary, secondary and social care, and physical and mental health. We will support taking a person-centred approach to health and care.
Make sure UK policy reduces health inequalities by focusing on prevention
We will promote the principle that prevention is better than cure. We will highlight the impact of deprivation, age and ethnicity. We will continue work on air quality, alcohol, obesity, sexual health and tobacco.
Working with government
The RCP regularly communicates and meets with government, parliamentarians and stakeholders to embed quality improvement across all health policy. We work across Westminster, Wales and the European Union.
Our activity includes:
- providing MPs, peers and civil servants with independent advice to improve policy that is being developed and implemented
- attending political party conferences, holding an annual peers' breakfast, and a series of parliamentary events every year to engage parliamentarians in our policy priorities
- regularly preparing briefings and case studies, and highlighting key statistics for parliamentary debates and speeches.
Working with our members
We encourage the RCP's members and fellows to engage with decision makers in order to highlight the challenges facing health and social care, and the impact of these on patient safety and staff morale.
Our members and fellows know the reality of working in an NHS which is underfunded, underdoctored and overstretched, and your campaigning activity can help to achieve real change.