Retired physicians

The Royal College of Physicians (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


  • Mr Peter Broad – Who wants to be a royal physician? The Doctor in Macbeth
  • Mr Angus Graham-Campbell – John Keats: Rebel Angel
  • Professor Maryon-Davis – Glimpses of Instant Sunshine
  • Dr Eva Griffith – The London theatre scene in the early years of the RCP

Other meetings in 2019 take place on Monday 20 May and Monday 7 October.

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.