What RCGP does

We are the professional membership body and guardian of standards for family doctors in the UK, working to promote excellence in primary healthcare.

A voice for GPs and patients

We speak up for standards in primary care. Acting as a voice for primary care practitioners and their patients, we:

  • play a leading role in the formation of policy in key areas like GP Revalidation and appraisal
  • produce position papers to inform debate
  • take part in consultations issued by government and other organisations

GP training and development

We work to improve GP education and training, defining standards through the GP Curriculum and upholding them through our MRCGP membership exam.

We also provide continued support, with a comprehensive range of courses, events and resources to help GPs keep their knowledge and skills up to date.

Research in primary care

Our Clinical Research and Innovation Centre (CIRC) provides research leadership in primary care. We identify priorities, secure funding, manage projects and share outcomes.

The Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) makes a major contribution to monitoring infection rates for flu and other communicable diseases, collecting and publishing data from a network of around 100 GPs.

Publications

We publish the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP), distributed to family practitioners and primary care researchers all over the world. BJGP is a leading source of research, debate, and analysis in general practice and primary care, becoming the field’s second most highly cited journal world-wide.

Other publications include RCGP News, our regular newspaper for members, the InnovAIT journal for GPs in training and our range of curriculum guides, study aids and other books.

International

We’re committed to promoting excellence in primary healthcare around the world, working with overseas colleagues through our successful international  development programme.

  • International

Support our work

You can support the important work we do by making a donation, having your name inscribed on the ‘foundation wall’ at our new headquarters or remembering us in your will.

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