What we do

We are the professional membership body for GPs in the UK. Our purpose is to encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards in general medical practice.

We support GPs through all stages of their career, from medical students considering general practice, through to training, qualified years and retirement.

As a member of the RCGP, you’ll get support to:

  • Pass the MRCGP exam, and then keep learning throughout your career
  • Build your general practice community
  • Maintain your wellbeing
  • Be part of the conversation about general practice today
  • Shape the future of general practice

Find out more about how to become a member of the college.


Strategic plan

Our strategic plan; ‘Great doctors, great care’ sets out our four main objectives for the next three years:

  • shape the future of General Practice
  • ensure GP education meets the changing needs of UK primary care
  • grow and support a strong, engaged membership
  • be the voice of the GP (influence)

The plan also defines 12 values, for RCGP members and employees, that will shape how we go about achieving these goals.

These are summarised as four core values: Excellence Teamwork Leadership Care

“I am immensely proud to be Chair of this College, representing and supporting over 52,000 hardworking and dedicated family doctors in delivering quality care to patients.  

“General practice is the foundation of the NHS. Our service is revered worldwide. We aim to keep it that way and to continue to improve and innovate.

“I’m confident that with our new strategic plan enabling us to focus our work, the College will be able to provide greater support for general practice and patient care across the UK and internationally.”

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, RCGP Chair

Download the RCGP Strategic Plan [PDF]

Impact report and accounts

Gender pay 

Gender pay reporting legislation requires employers with 250 or more employees to publish statutory calculations every year showing how large the pay gap is between their male and female employees.

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