Clinical Advisers programme

Clinical Advisers is a programme allowing GPs with particular expertise or interest to influence outcomes of clinical guidelines and projects through participation in a variety of initiatives. The work is diverse and can range from reviewing documents for consultation to year long commitments developing new guidelines.


The type of opportunities that may arise for GPs participating in the programme include:

  • involvement with NICE - provide a primary care representation in the production of NICE guidelines
    • join a Guideline Development Group
    • attend one off scoping workshops
    • submit written comments on draft guidelines out for consultation
    • contribute to the collection and review of evidence
    • contribute to the development of Quality Standards
  • providing development and review support for RCGP educational activities
  • supporting the work of the Clinical Champions around the clinical priorities
  • formally represent RCGP in your chosen area of clinical expertise as required both nationally and internationally.


Participation is open to all practicing GPs with a minimum of three years experience and non-practicing GPs within three years of retirement. You can register across a wide variety of clinical and professional categories as either a generalist or an expert. Please review the information below to see what level of participation you may be eligible for:

  • Generalist
    • up to date knowledge of evidence in general practice
    • a broad understanding on evidence based medicine
    • an interest in influencing clinical practice within general practice
  • Expert
    • markers of national esteem, such as plenary presentations, chairmanship of societies, regional or national leadership or educational roles and evidence of strategic and / or committee work.
    • ideally a minimum of three peer reviewed papers in the field of expertise (non essential)

Participation is free and carries no set obligation as each GP is contacted on a project by project basis as appropriate and is free to accept any projects of interest if they have capacity. The success of this programme relies on the involvement of the participations, hence whilst there is no set obligation, it is implicit in your registration that you will actively participate. The Clinical Adviser is an unpaid role with the RCGP, although specific projects may offer expenses or recompense for involvement.


To register with the Clinical Advisers programme, please:

Current Guidance and Consultations

NICE quality standards are a concise set of prioritised statements designed to drive measurable quality improvements within a particular area of health or care. Quality standards consider the complete care pathway, from public health to health and social care.

The RCGP has worked with NICE during the consultation period for the development of several quality standards, and provided comments which have helped form the scope of the standards. The following quality standards have recently been published and we are pleased to co-badge them with NICE and other contributing organisations.

March 2015

Smoking – reducing tobacco use in the community

Alcohol: preventing harmful use in the community 

Physical activity: encouraging activity in all people in contact with the NHS (staff, patients and carers)

Managing medicines in care homes


February 2015

Psychosis and schizophrenia in adults

Inflammatory bowel disease

January 2015

Urinary incontinence in women


Antibiotics for neonatal infection

Nocturnal enuresis in Children and Young People

Fertility problems

Head injury

Conduct disorders Child and Young People

Hepatitis B

Feverish illness in children under 5 years

Ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage

Constipation in children and young people

Sickle cell crisis

Infection prevention and control

Antisocial behaviour and conduct disorders in children and young people

Neonatal jaundice

Metastatic spinal cord compression

Anxiety Disorders

Autism in adults and children

Peripheral arterial disease


Postnatal Care

Hypertension in Pregnancy

The epilepsies in children and young people

The epilepsies in adults

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Depression in children and young people

Heavy menstrual bleeding

Multiple pregnancy

Atopic eczema in children

Headaches in young people and adults

Smoking cessation - supporting people to stop smoking

Familial hypercholesterolaemia

Diagnosis and management of venous thromboembolic diseases

Rheumatoid arthritis

Mental wellbeing of older people in care homes

Other NICE resources
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