The RCP and COVID-19

As a leading health organisation aimed at improving patient care and preventing disease worldwide, the RCP is committed to supporting the global response to COVID-19 and its members who are at the centre of the NHS response.

What we are doing

Emergency preparedness at UK government and NHS England level is being shared with our president Professor Andrew Goddard and our chief officers, so that we are in the best position to advise physicians as the situation changes. We are also supporting our members through the development and dissemination of guidance, developing educational materials and representing feedback from our members. A coronavirus Facebook Live is also available below, where he responds to the issues being raised with us by members.

To support your continuing development around changing COVID-19 guidance, you can now access new resources from our learning and development page and RCP Player.

Latest developments and guidance

  • On 18 May the RCP published the results of our third membership tracking survey. The results highlighted ongoing issues with access to PPE, slow progress on access to testing and testing turnaround time. It also highlighted that 48% of respondents said they were either concerned or very concerned about their health. For those from BAME backgrounds, this rose to 76%. The results of the survey were covered in the Guardian, Times, Daily Mail, Telegraph, ITV and Sun.
  • We have called on the government to create a new deal for international NHS and social care staff that recognises their vital role in the frontline response to COVID-19 and the important part they will continue to play in the future.
  • The RCP has published a letter outlining how clinical academic trainees should be supported to return to research work, while ensuring the NHS remains adequately equipped to respond to the pandemic.
  • The RCP’s trainees committee has written about how to achieve a ‘new normal’ for physician training in the time of COVID-19.

RCP Player

RCP Player is a new streaming service created for healthcare professionals by healthcare professionals.

With new content uploaded weekly, you can watch videos and audio clips such as regular teach-ins – mini presentations by leading clinicians on timely topics, #doctorsdiaries from the frontline, and a COVID-19 video series featuring a variety of pandemic-related learning materials and videos.

You don’t need to login and access is free of charge. Start streaming today by clicking the icon below.

Latest government advice on COVID-19

For doctors and other healthcare professionals


COVID-19 guidance on education

Organisational responses

For the public

Specialty-specific guidance

For specialty-specific guidance, visit our dedicated section.