Membership fees

This will depend on a number of factors including your subscription fee level and your tax situation. As a guide, members who are UK tax payers can claim up to 40 per cent on their RCGP subscription. 

RCGP members pay annual subscription fees based on a number of criteria including their country of residence, gross income and individual circumstances. Your membership renewal is due on 1 April each year. New joiners pay their first year’s fees pro-rata, based on the date of joining the College.

For details of GP Trainee fees, please visit: Join RCGP trainee GPs 

How to pay for my membership

Joining and re-joining fees 

Membership renewal fees 

Subscription fee discounts

Claiming tax relief to reduce your subscription fee



How to pay for my membership

1. Payment by Direct Debit

For members based in the UK and Republic of Ireland, Direct Debit is the easiest and most cost-effective way to pay. There’s a saving of £10 on the full yearly amount if you pay by annual Direct Debit and £5 if you pay your fees in quarterly instalments.

You’ll receive a minimum of two weeks' written notice prior to the first collection in any subscription year. We offer two options for a payment by Direct Debit:

Annual Direct Debit

One lump sum payment due on or immediately after 1 April each year. If you’re setting up a Direct Debit arrangement after 1 April, you’ll be notified of the nearest collection date.

Direct Debit by quarterly instalments

This allows you to spread the cost of your subscription fee over the year. The four instalments are collected on or immediately after the first working day of April, July, October and January. If you’re setting up the Direct Debit arrangement after 1 April, you’ll be notified of the collection dates if they’re not in line with the standard schedule.

In case of hardship, you can contact us to set up Direct Debit payments in more frequent instalments. Please note that this is a discretionary service. Kindly contact the Membership Services team for details.

How to set up a Direct Debit

Over the telephone

If you’re a UK account holder, you may be able to set up your Direct Debit over the phone, provided you are the authorised sole signatory on the account or a joint account holder with sole signatory status for example cheque sign off. Please contact the Membership Services team who will be able to assist you. If you are a Republic of Ireland account holder, kindly complete and return the Direct Debit forms by post as your original signature is required.

Sending a form by post

Alternatively, you can download and complete the Direct Debit mandate forms, quoting your membership number in the reference field. If you do not know your membership number, please write your GMC number in the section provided on the form.

An original signature is required, hence, you need to return the original and signed forms by post. Please note that we cannot accept photocopied, faxed or emailed Direct Debit forms.

Please note, Direct Debit payments cannot be processed for first subscription payments between January and March. If you are joining during this period, your initial payment must be made either by cheque or credit or debit card only. Your completed Direct Debit mandate will be used for subsequent subscription payments.

Forms for UK account holders

Forms for Republic of Ireland Euro account holders

 

2. Payment by card

We accept payments by MasterCard, Visa, Visa Debit and Maestro accounts. Please note that we do not accept American Express and cannot accept card payments from debit cards held outside the UK, due to processing requirements.

Over the phone

Please call your Membership Services team on 020 3188 7766 with your card payment details.

By post

Please complete the credit or debit card payment form and return it to the Membership Services Department by post or direct line fax number 020 7581 3648.

Credit or debit card payment form [PDF]

 

3. Payment by cheque or bank draft

We accept sterling cheques or bank drafts payable in the United Kingdom. They should be made payable to the 'Royal College of General Practitioners' and posted to the Membership Services Department at the contact address below.


Joining and rejoining fees

Fees for new joiners and re-joiners living in the UK: 2014-2015

Membership renewal falls on 1 April each year, therefore we’ll reduce your annual membership fee if you join or re-join part way through the year. If you opt to pay your fees by Direct Debit, the annual or quarterly Direct Debit discounts (£10, £5) will also be applied pro-rata for the first year.

Your membership fee for 2014-2015 is based on your gross income from all professional medical services including any GP work you have done between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014. The following fees are based on cheque or card payments; Direct Debit discounts are applied automatically when a Direct Debit mandate is enclosed with your membership application form.

Joining between
1 Apr and 30 Jun
Joining between
1 Jul and 30 Sep
Joining between
1 Oct and 31 Dec
Joining between
1 Jan and 31 Mar
Earnings of £39,826 or more £509 £381.75 £254.50 £127.25
Earnings of £8,792 - £39,826 £254.50 £190.86 £127.24 £63.62
Earnings less that £8,792 £127 £95.25 £63.50 £31.75
Not in active employment
(career break, retirement, maternity,
paternity or adoption leave)
£127 £95.25 £63.50 £31.75
Member of another royal medical college
or faculty and not working in GP
£254.50 £190.86 £127.24 £63.62
Voluntary work and cases of hardship please contact our Membership Services team

Fees for new joiners and rejoiners living overseas: 2014-2015

Overseas resident membership fees are based on the World Bank country classification by economic growth. To check which category your country falls into, please see the World Bank country categorisation list [XLS]

Please note that the fees are applied by your current country of residence/medical practice, not your nationality or place of birth.

Joining between
1 Apr and 30 Jun
Joining between
1 Jul and 30 Sep
Joining between
1 Oct and 31 Dec
Joining between
1 Jan and 31 Mar
High income countries £254.50 £190.86 £127.24 £63.62
Upper middle income countries £127 £95.25 £63.50 £31.75
Lower middle income countries £51 £38.25 £25.50 £12.75
Low income countries £25.50 £19.11 £12.74 £6.37


Membership renewal fees

Renewal fees for current members residing in the UK: 2014-2015

Membership renewal fees apply to the following membership categories: Associates, Members, International Members, Fellows and International Fellows.

If you are a GP Trainee, please go to: Join RCGP trainee GPs

The College's membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March each year. All members are invited to renew in late February or early March, please note non-payment within 4 months of the due date leads to a removal from membership. Direct Debit is the most convenient method ensuring continuity of your membership. Cheque and card payers can renew membership by credit or debit card online. The College works hard to keep membership fee increases to a minimum - in the past 5 years, the subscription increases were below the rate of inflation (1-2%).

Fees are based on your gross income from all professional medical services including any GP work you have done between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014.  

 

if you pay by direct debit complete payment if you pay by direct debit instalments if you pay by cheque or debit or credit card
Earning £39,826 or more £499 £504 £509
Earning £8,792-£39,826 £244.50 £249.50 £254.50
Earning less than £8,792 £117 £122 £127
Not in active employment
(career break, retirement, maternity,
paternity or adoption leave)
£117 £122 £127

Member of another royal medical
college or faculty and not working in gp

£244.50 £249.50 £254.50
Voluntary work and cases of hardship? Please contact the Membership Services team

 

Renewal fees for members residing overseas: 2014-2015

These fees apply to the following membership categories: Associates, Members, International Members, Fellows and International Fellows.

The College's membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March each year. All members are invited to renew in late February or early March, please note non payment within 4 months of the due date leads to removal from membership (including the online Member Directory) and loss of MRCGP/FRCGP post-nominals.

The overseas fees are based on the World Bank country classification by economic growth. Please check which category your country falls into on the World Bank country categorisation list [XLS] Your fee is applied by your current country of residence, not your nationality or place of birth.

Joining between
1 Apr and 30 Jun
Joining between
1 Jul and 30 Sep
Joining between
1 Oct and 31 Dec
Joining between
1 Jan and 31 Mar
High income countries £254.50 £190.86 £127.24 £63.62
Upper middle income countries £127 £95.25 £63.50 £31.75
Lower middle income countries £51 £38.25 £25.50 £12.75
Low income countries £25.50 £19.11 £12.74 £6.37

You can also renew your membership by credit or debit card online.

Credit or debit card payment form [PDF]

 

Associate in Training package and fees

Join RCGP: trainee GPs 

 

General Practice foundation fees

Join RCGP: nurses, managers and other practitioners 


Subscription Fee Discounts

There are a number of discounts available. Please check before selecting your rate. If you are a Direct Debit payer, please notify us of your reduced rate as soon as possible, prior to the payment collection date. Please note that your annual RCGP fee is tax deductable.

£100 discount from full rate for first 2 years of full Membership (MRCGP)

The College recognises the hardship and financial pressures newly qualified GP's face. For this reason, a £100 discount from the full rate (only) is automatically applied to subscription fees of full Members who have passed MRCGP within 2 years of the subscription year start (on 1 April) and who have been full Members for (or) less than 2 subscription years. Members are welcome and advised to claim discounts on any other grounds if the rate is more favourable.

Hardship

We may offer discounts in cases of hardship. Cases of hardship are considered on an individual basis. Please contact your Membership Services team for details.

Membership of another Royal Medical College

If you’re not working as a GP and are a member of another UK Royal Medical College or Faculty, you can join the RCGP with a ‘secondary affiliation’ status. In this case, you could qualify for a discount of up to 50% on the full RCGP membership fee.

Maternity, Paternity and Adoption leave

If you’re a UK resident and were on Maternity, Paternity or Adoption leave between 2 April 2013 and 1 April 2014, you can claim a 75 per cent discount on our full membership fee. If your leave starts after 2 April 2014, you will be able to claim this rate in the 2015-2016 subscription year starting on 1 April 2015. Please note that the discount can be claimed in respect of Additional Paternity leave only (not the Ordinary 1-2 week paternity leave), i.e. if you are taking time off to look after your child while your spouse/partner returns to work (paternity leave based on 'unused' maternity leave or adoption leave). This reduction is available for one subscription year per child only.

If your leave falls across two subscription years, the discount will be applied for the year in which the major part of your leave falls. If you are not returning to work following your leave, you may be eligible for discounted fees on other grounds, for example, because you’re not currently working or on a reduced income.

Moving overseas

If you live overseas on 1 April of any subscription year, we’ll automatically apply a discount to your membership fee in line with our standard charge for your country of residence, provided we have your main overseas residence address on file.

If you have recently moved overseas, please contact your Membership Services team with your new address. Your overseas rate will be applied on the following 1 April.

Not in active employment

If you are a UK resident and not in employment on 1 April of any subscription year, you can claim a 75 per cent discount on our full membership fee.

Voluntary work

You may qualify for a discount if you’re working for a voluntary organisation. Please contact your Membership Services team for details.

Reduced income and retirement

All UK members are entitled to reduced rates based on income; fees are lower for retired members. Please refer to the above fee tables for income categories.


Claiming tax relief

If you are a UK tax payer you can reduce the cost of your subscription fee through tax relief. In addition, you may also be able to backdate your claim for previous years. You can use your subscription receipt that is automatically emailed to you each year following fee payment for this purpose. Please contact your tax advisor or the HM Revenue and Customs for advice concerning your individual claim and circumstances.

How do I claim tax relief?

Information on making a claim is available from HM Revenue and Customs on 0845 300 0627 or online on the HMRC website.

How much will I get back?

This will depend on a number of factors including your subscription fee level and your tax situation. As a guide, members who are UK tax payers can claim up to 40 per cent on their RCGP subscription.

Contact us

Membership Services Department, RCGP,
30 Euston Square
London
NW1 2FB

Email: membership@rcgp.org.uk
Tel: 020 3188 7766
Fax: 020 7581 3648

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