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Policy and campaigns in Wales

What we are doing

Over 1,500 members in Wales work in hospitals and the community across 30 different clinical specialties – educating, improving and influencing for better health and care. We campaign for improvements to healthcare, medical education and public health and we organise high-quality conferences and teaching. Lowri Jackson leads on campaigns and media enquiries for Wales.

What we have produced

RCP Cymru Wales has published findings from a recent virtual workshop of staff, associate specialist and specialty (SAS) doctors in Wales, calling for a fresh approach to recruiting doctors and bringing down hospital waiting lists.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has published a follow-up review after its virtual visit to Wrexham Maelor Hospital in May 2021 and an initial report published in July 2021.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has published a follow-up review after its virtual visit to the Grange University Hospital in June 2021, and an initial report published in August 2021.

RCP Cymru Wales has launched a new report calling for investment in ‘hospital at home’ services that provide specialist medical care in the community across Wales.

Convened by RCP Cymru Wales, 22 organisations have come together to call for a single national body with strategic oversight of NHS Wales to drive improvements in patient care and hold health boards to account.  

As the Welsh NHS enters a second pandemic winter, 17 medical royal colleges and faculties convened by RCP Cymru Wales have come together with a joint statement calling for national action on workforce shortages, health inequalities and the NHS backlog.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP Cymru Wales) has launched its first ever Cyswllt RCP Connect event report following a virtual workshop with clinicians in south-west Wales.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has launched Recover, rebuild, renew, a follow up report to our 2019 manifesto calls, Breaking down barriers: Our action plan for the next Welsh government.

Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Cymru Wales has written on behalf of the Welsh NHS Confederation health and social care policy forum to the first minister to call for a cross-government strategy for tackling wider health inequalities in Wales.

In 2021-22, Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) should support doctors to deliver the best care possible by investing in postgraduate training, medical education, and career development.

Ahead of the 2021 Senedd election, 36 organisations from across health, social care, transport and housing, convened by RCP Cymru Wales, have signed up to a paper which calls for urgent Welsh government action on health inequalities.

RCP Cymru Wales has written to the Welsh government, advocating for a fair, transparent, and robust process of candidate selection and interview.

Ahead of the 2021 Senedd election, RCP Cymru Wales has launched its manifesto calls for the next Welsh government.

Following an inspiring evening workshop held in Cardiff earlier this year, RCP Cymru Wales has published a new report full of tips and advice for developing self-confidence as a clinical leader in the NHS and managing a busy work–life balance.

RCP Cymru Wales has published its response to the joint draft health and social care workforce strategy from Health Education and Improvement Wales (HEIW) and Social Care Wales, calling for an ambitious, patient centred and clinically led approach, accompanied by a clear action plan.

As the Senedd cross party group on medical research met for the final time on Wednesday 10 July 2019 before parliamentary summer recess, the RCP Cymru Wales published a variety of recommendations aimed at the Welsh Government, NHS Wales, doctors, patients and research bodies. 

Welsh hospitals are understaffed and overstretched. Over two-thirds of trainees report regular and frequent rota gaps, almost one-third of advertised consultant posts go unfilled, and absence due to sickness is rising.

The Royal College of Physicians' (RCP's) 'Feeling the pressure: Patient care in an overstretched NHS in Wales' report documents the results of a snapshot survey on the winter pressures faced by doctors in Wales. 
The RCP in Wales has responded to the National Assembly for Wales Health, Social Care and Sport Committee inquiry into primary care in Wales. 
The RCP in Wales has responded to the National Assembly for Wales Health, Social Care and Sport Committee consultation on the Public Health (Wales) Bill. 
The RCP in Wales has responded to the National Assembly for Wales External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee inquiry into the implications for Wales of Britain exiting the European Union. 
The RCP in Wales has responded to the National Assembly for Wales Health, Social Care and Sport Committee inquiry into medical recruitment. 
The RCP's new report, Physicians on the front line: The medical workforce in Wales in 2016, calls for a long-term vision for the Welsh NHS that shows real ambition on service change.
The RCP in Wales has responded to the National Assembly for Wales Health, Social Care and Sport Committee inquiry into the sustainability of the health and social care workforce in Wales.
The RCP in Wales has responded to the National Assembly for Wales Health, Social Care and Sport Committee inquiry into winter preparedness in Wales 2016-17.

Health policy played a central role in the campaigns of all political parties during the National Assembly for Wales election in May 2016.

The Rising to the challenge: Improving acute care, meeting patients’ needs in Wales report interprets the Future Hospital Commission model for a Welsh context and proposes clear, positive and constructive solutions.