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:

1. 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

2. 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 participants, 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:

  1. Complete and save the registration form
  2. Provide an updated CV
  3. Send both to

Once your registration is complete you will begin to receive requests in your chosen clinical areas and you can respond to any that you feel you have the time for.

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.


Jan 2014

Feb 2014

March 2014

April 2014

May 2014

June 2014

Other NICE resources
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