RCGP committees

RCGP Council Standing Committees 

Fellowship and Awards Committee

The Fellowship and Awards Committee examines nominations for fellowships and awards, and makes recommendations to the RCGP Council.

Medical Ethics Committee

The Medical Ethics Committee advises the RCGP Council on ethical issues affecting RCGP or its members, and on any ethical implications of decisions made by RCGP.

Patient Partnership Groups

Our Patient Partnership Groups ensure that the views of patients are taken into account in all areas of RCGP activity across the UK

Scientific Foundation Board

The Scientific Foundation Board (SFB) gives grants for research specific to general practice up to £2000.  The research should be undertaken within the UK, and based on subjects within the UK.  High priority is given to submission from practising general practitioners and other members of the primary case team.  Applicants from young/new researchers, and those not previously in receipt of an award from the Board are especially welcome.  Applications are not restricted solely to College members.

Other Committees

Associate in Training (AiT) Committee

The AiT Committee gives doctors training to be GPs a voice in the development of RCGP policy and initiatives. The committee is made up of a representative from each deanery within the GP training system. The chair and deputy chair of the are elected by the committee members annually.

GP Specialty Advisory Committee (GP SAC)

The GP Specialty Advisory Committee (GP SAC) is the national committee, co-chaired by the RCGP and COGPED, which develops and oversees policy in all areas of work relating to specialty training for general practice, GP assessment and certification. This includes oversight of all RCGP committees relating to training and assessment, which report directly to the GP SAC. Members of the Committee are drawn from the RCGP and from relevant external organisations.

Health Inequalities Group

The Health Inequalities Group works to ensure that health inequalities are taken into account across all areas of RCGP activity. It also develops evidence based information on health inequality for use by health professionals, the media and government.

Health Informatics Group

The Health Informatics Group helps to develop RCGP’s strategic vision on information management in healthcare, including its applications in clinical practice, decision making and research.

Secure Environment Group

The multi disciplinary Secure Environment Group supports GPs working in prisons, refugee centres and youth offender institutions. Its work encompasses education, workforce development, research and a specialised knowledge database.

RCGP Standing Group on Over-diagnosis

The group aims to identify, discuss and issue guidance to general practitioners on the potential harms that can arise from various preventative interventions, from over-diagnosis, over-treatment and poly-pharmacy, particularly in those with multi-morbid conditions.

Heritage Committee

The Heritage Committee works to preserve and promote the history of RCGP and of general practice. It provides guidance on managing and preserving records and historical artefacts, and helps to organise activities for alumni and retired members.

Programme Boards

The College Programme Boards ensure initiatives and projects are scrutinised, prioritised and resourced appropriately. The current Programme Boards are (2017):

  • Policy, Campaigns and Workforce
  • Innovation and Research
  • Professional Training
  • Professional Development and Quality
  • Membership Experience
  • Strategic Communications
  • International
  • RCGP Business


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