RCP Equality and Diversity Review

The RCP is conducting an equality and diversity review and its aims are simple: to ensure that everyone who is or wants to be involved with the RCP has access to the same opportunities and the same, fair treatment.

What we are doing

We believe that the RCP will thrive by actively promoting inclusivity, with people of all backgrounds coming together and achieving success. So we are not limiting the project to compliance with the law, or the nine protected characteristics, but aim to be a best practice organisation in the health sector.

The project was agreed by RCP Council, is sponsored by our Registrar, and fully supported by our President and Chief Executive. The work will be led by equality and diversity consultant Ben Summerskill, previously chief executive of Stonewall and commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, who will be supported by RCP staff.


We want to know what as many people as possible think about our inclusivity and accessibility. Everyone who has any connection with or interest in our work is invited to complete our project survey.


We launched the project on 3 October 2019 and we expect it to last between 6 and 9 months. We will produce a report with practical recommendations to the Board of Trustees and RCP Council.


The project, which will provide us with useful information as we develop the 2021-2026 RCP strategy, is responsible for:

  • reviewing the RCP’s current level of performance on equality and diversity with regard to both its workforce and volunteers, including
    • trustees
    • elected college posts
    • appointed college posts (eg junior officers, committee memberships or examiner/assessor posts).
  • providing a report to the Board of Trustees and RCP Council outlining the findings.
  • making recommendations for any improvements necessary, including in our equality and diversity monitoring and reporting.

For more information

Read Ben Summerskill’s article for This Doctor Can on his ambitions for the project.

The project is being coordinated by the Communications, Policy and Research directorate. The team is happy answer your questions: contact them via policy@rcplondon.ac.uk.