The Royal College of Physicians is proud of its commitment to patient involvement and patient-centred care. We aim to set higher medical standards to enable consultant physicians to deliver the best possible care to patients and their carers.

The Patient Involvement Unit (PIU) was created in September 2003 and reflects the RCP’s commitment to making the involvement of patients, carers and the public a priority. The main aim of the PIU is to encourage and promote patient, carer and public involvement in RCP activities. This helps to ensure that plans and decisions made within the RCP have been considered and influenced by these groups prior to implementation. The RCP believes that if patients, carers and the medical profession work in collaboration they can provide a powerful joint voice to bring concerns to the government’s attention.

Patients and carers can have their say at the RCP through the Patient and Carer Network (PCN). The PCN are members of the public who actively engage with RCP committees, boards, working parties and consultation processes and ensure that decisions made within the RCP have been considered and influenced by patients, carers and public prior to implementation.