The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Trainees Committee (TC) is comprised entirely of medical trainees, and reflects the RCP’s commitment to encouraging physicians-in-training to develop active roles in shaping the future of medicine.
Developments such as the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) and hospital reconfiguration have had significant impacts on the way medical training is delivered, so it's crucial to involve the voice of medical trainees in the discussions which drive these developments.
The trainees representatives of the RCP have published an open letter to David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt regarding imposition of the junior doctors contract:
We currently have vacancies for committee members in a number of regions. More information on what positions are available and how to apply can be found on the RCP Trainees Committee vacancies page.
The TC working groups focus on a variety of issues, including: improving communication between doctors, improving working lives and challenging educational dogma.
The committee has also contributed to a number of projects, including:
The TC contains seats for 35 members: 33 regional representatives, a chair and a deputy chair. Members meet three times a year at the RCP, and conduct discussions among themselves, and also with senior RCP officers, including the president, vice-presidents and registrar.
Many of the TC’s discussions take place outside these meetings, via email. The TC often produces position statements and other documents based on these discussions.
Representatives for each deanery are elected by and represent the trainees, both within the RCP on Council and in committees, and outside the RCP at the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB). Representatives also act on your behalf at the local level of each deanery on the local education and training board (LETB).
The current Trainees Committee representatives are:
Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org with local and national issues you think we should be aware of, or if you would like more information about, and apply when vacancies arise to join us on the committee and help shape medical education for the future.