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 on a wide range of policy areas from the design and delivery of health services, the health of the public to public health and advocate evidence based policies to address health challenges such as alcohol, obesity and tobacco.

We work across Westminster, Wales and the European Union.

What we have produced

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.