Retired physicians

The RCP offers a number of benefits exclusive to retired members.

Senior Physicians Society

The RCP’s Retired Fellows and Members Association has combined with the Widows and Widowers and is now called the Senior Physicians Society. This organisation provides its members with an opportunity to contribute to the activities of the RCP, and the opportunity to enjoy scientific, cultural and educational meetings at the RCP.

Meetings are held at the RCP three times a year ‒ in February, May and October ‒ between 11am and 4pm. Three speakers are normally invited to talk and there is a question and answer session at the end of the meetings. There is a charge of £38 per head which includes an informal lunch (members are welcome to bring guests).

Members of the association are also invited to an annual outing to a place of interest.


If you would like to join the Retired Fellows and Members Association please email or call +44 (0)20 3075 1723. Alternatively, download and return the application form.

Next meeting 

Monday 7 October 2019: Visual and Performing Arts


  • Professor Ludmilla Jordonova – Portraits and Medical Lives
  • Professor Emeritus Peter Abrahams – Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings
  • Mr John Bloomfield – Designing Costumes for Film & Television
  • Mr Desmond Shawe-Taylor – The Queen’s pictures
  • Professor Evelyn Welch – Talk on Skin.

We are always happy to receive ideas and suggestions for future meetings from our members.

Changing retirement status online

If you are a fellow or a member who has retired then you can change your status online by logging on to MyRCP. You can also email or call +44 (0)20 3075 1362/1467.

Retired fellows and members can also update their status to receive, or choose not to receive, our Clinical Medicine journal or to join the RCP's association for retired fellows and members, the Senior Physicians Society.

I am a retired physician and I want to resign my GMC registration ‒ will this affect my membership?

If retired individuals choose to resign their GMC registration, this does not affect their membership by subscription to the RCP. Their status will remain as a member/fellow in good standing ‒ similar to our overseas members/fellows who are not linked to the GMC.

Senior Fellows Club at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The Senior Physicians Society enjoys a reciprocal arrangement with the Senior Fellows Club in Edinburgh. If any of our members find themselves in Edinburgh and would like to attend one of their events, please contact Susan Laurence on +44 (0)131 247 3652 (preferably a week in advance).

There is no charge for the meetings and lunch will be available at a cost of £17.

Commitee vacancy

The Senior Physicians Society is seeking three new, enthusiastic and innovating committee members to assist in planning and organising three annual all day meetings at RCP on topics of cultural, scientific and current interest and an external guided visit to a historic site or nationally recognised museum, art gallery, or venue.

The meetings are well attended and have been successful in attracting a breadth of famous speakers. There are three committee meetings a year lasting one and a half to two hours. Initially, the position would be for three years.

For more information please contact the Senior Physicians Society administrator Fahiba Ali by phone at 0203 075 1723, or email on