Medical Care

Medical Care is the online evolution of the well-known RCP publication Consultant physicians working with patients. Written by leading medical specialty experts, it is a comprehensive web-based resource for efficient and effective design of medical services. 

Medical Care's purpose

The website has been designed to help those involved in the planning and provision of services get a clearer picture of the specialty services that need to be in place to provide great patient care. In particular, it allows medical specialty experts to describe how principles of the Future Hospital Commission report, such as 7-day services and integrated care can be put into practice. 

Watch RCP clinical vice-president, Dr Anita Donley, discuss the resource:

Practical guide

Medical Care provides a practical guide to:

  • implementing overarching themes in service design, such as person-centred care, patient safety and integrated care
  • specialty-specific best practice service design
  • creating a suitable environment to encourage the development of physicians and their teams to deliver high-quality services.

Medical Care is divided into two sections:

  • designing services, which describes what high-quality services look like
  • developing physicians, which details how to best develop the physician workforce to deliver those services.

Beta version

The beta version of Medical Care is now live and includes sections on the majority of medical specialties along with all the overarching themes to be considered in service design. Additional specialty specific content will be added in March 2017 to cover 28 specialties in total.

If you have any questions, queries or feedback please email us at

Specialties currently covered are: 

  • Acute internal medicine
  • Audiovestibular medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics
  • Gastroenterology and hepatology
  • Genitourinary medicine
  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious diseases and tropical medicine
  • Intensive care medicine
  • Medical ophthalmology
  • Neurology
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Palliative medicine
  • Pharmaceutical medicine
  • Renal medicine
  • Respiratory medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Sport and exercise medicine