RCP500 Charter

In celebration of our 500-year anniversary in September 2018, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has devised a modern charter of our members' professional values.

The RCP500 Charter reaffirms the commitment made by physicians to:

  • provide the highest standards of patient care
  • train, develop and support doctors
  • act as leaders
  • promote good health and prevention of ill health.

Sign the charter

Members and fellows will be able to sign the RCP500 Charter at RCP regional updates leading up to 23 September 2018 – the 500th anniversary of the signing of our founding charter:

You are also warmly invited to sign the RCP500 Charter online.

Join the RCP Charter Cycle

So that physicians can sign the RCP500 Charter in person, RCP registrar Dr Andrew Goddard is cycling 2,018 miles between as many acute NHS trusts as possible around England and Wales for the RCP Charter Cycle.

Would you like to cycle with Dr Goddard during part of his journey? Please register your details and stay updated about the route the ride is taking.

Dr Goddard has visited these locations so far:

  • 1 June 2017: RCP Update in medicine, Reading
  • 2 June: Royal Berkshire Hospital and Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital
  • 29 June: Bedford Hospital and RCP Update in medicine, Hinxton, Cambridgeshire
  • 8 August: Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro
  • 9 August: Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
  • 10 August: Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton
  • 14 September: Royal Derby Hospital and RCP Update in medicine, Loughborough
  • 15 September: Kettering General Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary
  • 20 September: RCP Update in medicine, Belfast
  • 21 September: Antrim Area Hospital
  • 2 October: Weston General Hospital, Weston-super-Mare, and RCP regional update, Bristol
  • 3 October: Southmead Hospital, Bristol
  • 9 October: Wythenshawe Hospital and Whiston Hospital
  • 10 October: RCP regional update, Haydock
  • 19 October: Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
  • 20 October: University Hospital Coventry and RCP regional update, Birmingham
  • 16 November: RCP regional update, Cardiff
  • 17 November: Morriston Hospital, Swansea.
Dr Andrew Goddard and RCP CEO Ian Bullock before the start of the RCP Charter Cycle in June 2017, joined by RCP president Professor Jane Dacre.

Physicians for Africa

The RCP Charter Cycle is also raising money for Physicians for Africa, a flagship project of the RCP which seeks to improve access to well-trained physicians in east, central and southern Africa.

Read Dr Goddard's Charter Cycle blog to follow the progress of the journey so far.

You can find more photos and information on Twitter by searching for #RCPCharterCycle and #2018for2018.


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