Retired physicians: membership status and the Quincentennial Society

Retiring from full-time clinical practice doesn’t need to affect your membership with the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). We offer a number of concessions exclusive to retired members, including opportunities to continue to be involved in the college’s work and membership of the Quincentennial Society.

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 Quincentennial 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.

Quincentennial Society

The RCP’s Retired Fellows and Members Association has combined with the Widows and Widowers and is now called the Quincentennial 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 association please email or call +44 (0)20 3075 1236. Alternatively, download and return the application form.

Next meeting

5 February 2018: 500 years and counting - the past, the present and the future

Celebrating 500 years of the RCP, this meeting will focus on the past with the May meeting focusing on the present and the October meeting on the future. Highlights of the meetings will include:

  • Architecture and progress: the five homes of the RCP (Dr Barnabas Calder)
  • The Pharmacopoeia Londinensis 1618 and its descendants (Professor Clare Fowler)
  • The practice of medicine in the 16th century: what our predecessors did (Dr Henry Oakeley)
  • The New World of 1518: the intellectual and political scence (Dr David Starkey)
  • Thomas Linacre and the founding of the College (Sir Richard Thompson)

You can book your place online (notification will be sent by email) or via a postal booking form.

Annual Outing to Bletchley Park

14 March 2018

This year the annual outing is to Bletchley Park, and will include a private guided tour of the Colossus galleries and the museum, as well as a light buffet lunch.

Booking for this outing is now open. 

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

Senior Fellows Club at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

The Quincentennial 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.


The Royal Photographic Society has put out a call for nominations for its Combined Royal Colleges Medal. The medal is awarded to an individual who demonstrates advancement in the use of medical photography/medical imaging.

The CRC medal was established by the RPS in 1958, in collaboration with the RCP, the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

The closing date is mid-February 2018.