RCP chief registrar scheme

Chief registrars are senior doctors in training working to build stronger leadership, management and quality improvement skills through the Royal College of Physicians' (RCP’s) bespoke development programme.

What we are doing

One of the key recommendations highlighted by the Future Hospital Commission report was the need to establish a new, senior leadership role for trainee doctors, which would focus on delivering high quality, safe care. The resulting chief registrar scheme supports aspiring clinical leaders to develop the skills they need for consultant posts in the short to medium term, and also gives them the confidence and profile to pursue local and national senior leadership roles in the future, such as medical director and chief executive. 

Following a successful pilot in 2016/17, the RCP's chief registrar scheme is going from strength to strength, with nearly 40 chief registrars in post as of September 2017. 

2018-19 recruitment 

Recruitment for the 2018-19 chief registrar scheme is now open. The updated recruitment guidance and supporting documents are all available, as well as information about the role and the programme.

If you have any questions, or you would like to register your interest, please email Natalie Pink, project manager at chiefregistrar@rcplondon.ac.uk

Piloting non-physician recruitment

In 2017/18 we will pilot an extension of the chief registrar scheme to include trainees from a range of specialty backgrounds. The pilot will be evaluated before a decision is made regarding wider roll-out in 2018/19.

What we have produced

The RCP's chief registrar scheme is recruiting for 2018–19.
The findings of a specially commissioned report produced by the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham, which set out to independently evaluate the impact of the Royal College of Physician's (RCP's) scheme on the chief registrars, the individuals and teams they work with, and their wider organisations.
A list of current participants in the Royal College of Physicians' (RCP's) chief registrar scheme, which provides doctors in training with protected time for leadership and management. 

Insights, learning and resources from current and former participants in the Royal College of Physicians' (RCP's) chief registrar scheme. 

Dr Ananthakrishnan Raghuram, consultant chest physician, outlines his experience of recruiting two chief registrars in Cheltenham General Hospital in the first year of the Future Hospital chief registrar scheme.

In this series of case studies, a selection of trusts share their experiences of joining the first cohort of the chief registrar scheme.