Membership fees

RCGP members pay annual subscription fees based on a number of criteria including your country of residence, gross income, individual circumstances and tax situation. Members who are UK tax payers can claim up to 40 per cent on their RCGP subscription.

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 Trainee GPs please follow this link.

 

How to pay 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.

There are two ways you can set up a Direct Debit:

  • By 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.

There are three ways you can pay by card:

  • By telephone: 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. 
  • Existing members: without a Direct Debit instruction in place can renew their membership online.

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.

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

Joining and rejoining fees

Joining and rejoining fees

GP Trainees joining RCGP as Associates in Training

If you are a GP Trainee starting your training, please go to: Join RCGP trainee GPs . For Associate in Training renewal fees, please see the Membership Renewal fees page.

Fees for qualified GPs: new joiners and re-joiners living in the UK: 2016-2017

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.

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.

Your membership fee for 2016-2017 is based on your gross income from all professional medical services including any GP work you have done between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016 or your individual circumstances - see discounted rates options for more details.


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 £42,385 or more £519 £389.25 £259.50 £129.75
Earnings of £10,600 - £42,385 £259.50 £194.63 £129.75 £64.88
Earnings less than £10,600 £129.50 £97.13 £64.75 £32.38
Not in active employment
(career break, retirement, maternity,
paternity or adoption leave)
£129.50 £97.13 £64.75 £32.38
Member of another royal medical college
or faculty and not working in GP
£259.50 £194.63 £129.75 £64.88
Voluntary work and cases of hardship please contact our Membership Services team

If you need help with your joining fees, please contact RCGP Member Services: 020 3188 7766 or: membership@rcgp.org.uk

 

Fees for family Doctors: new joiners and rejoiners living overseas: 2016-2017

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  [pdf]

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 £259.50 £194.63 £129.75 £64.88
High income countries-fully retired £129.50 £97.13 £64.75 £32.38
Upper middle income countries £129.50 £97.13 £64.75 £32.38
Lower middle income countries £52 £39 £26 £13
Low income countries £26 £19.50 £13 £6.50

Membership renewal fees

Membership renewal fees

Associate in Training renewal fees

Subscription fees for AiTs joining after July 2015

An annual subscription fee is due on 1 April each year until GP training completion. You can update your training status/career pathway (e.g. from FT to LTFT) at any time via www.rcgp.org.uk/myrcgp (in Update your Profile - Training Pathway). You will be notified of your annual subscription fee in late February each year via renewal invitation, in advance of the Direct Debit collection on 1 April.

We are pleased to advise that in 2016/17, the fees have been frozen without inflation increases:


Full time training and LTFT over 76%
£399.00
LTFT under 75% £199.50
Maternity Leave £199.50

Subscription fees for AiTs who joined before April 2015

If you have joined RCGP as an AiT before April 2015, your AiT RCGP training fee would have been calculated and presented as an AiT membership package at the time of your joining. Such packages consist of 3 years standard training fees and substantially lower extension of training fees thereafter until training completion (these fees are fixed and do not change over time). You will be reminded of your annual package fee due on 1 April every year via a renewal invitation. If you have any questions about your AiT package fees, please do not hesitate to contact the Member Services team on 020 3188 7766.

Renewal fees for current members residing in the UK: 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

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

The membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March each year. All members are invited to renew in late February; please note non-payment within 4 months of the due date leads to a removal from membership (including the online Member Directory) and loss of MRCGP/FRCGP post-nominals. 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 with the fees for 2016/2017 frozen.

Fees are based on your gross income from all professional medical services including any GP work you have done between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016.   

Please check our range of available discounted rates.


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 £42,385 or more £509 £514 £519
Earning £10,600-£42,385 £249.50 £254.50 £259.50
Earning less than £10,600 £119.50 £124.50 £129.50
Not in active employment
(career break, retirement, maternity,
paternity or adoption leave)
£119.50 £124.50 £129.50

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

£249.50 £254.50 £259.50
Paid Life Membership (3 x £519 RCGP full rate fee) - Available to fully retired members and those retiring in current financial year £1557 (3 x £519)
Free Life Membership - available after 40 years of continuous, uninterrupted membership. For more information, please see here
Discretionary fees for Voluntary Work, Cases of hardship or adverse personal circumstances: the Honorary Treasurer can approve a reduction on an individual case basis. Please contact: membership@rcgp.org.uk

 

Renewal fees for members residing overseas: 1 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

These fees apply to current members in the following categories: Associates, Members, International Members, Fellows and International Fellows.

The membership year runs from 1 April to 31 March each year. All members are invited to renew in late February; 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 [pdf] Your fee is applied by your current country of residence, not your nationality or place of birth.

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


Your Country of Residence
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
High Economy Countries £249.50 £254.50 £259.50
High Economy Countries - permanently retired £119.50 £124.50 £129.50
Upper Middle Economy Countries £119.50 £124.50 £129.50
Lower Middle Economy Countries  £42 £47 £52
Low Income Economy Countries  £16 £21 £26
Paid Life Membership (3 x £519 RCGP full rate fee) - Available to fully retired members and those retiring in current financial year £1557 (3 x £519)
Free Life Membership - available after 40 years of continuous, uninterrupted membership. For more information, please see here
Discretionary fees for Voluntary Work, Cases of hardship or adverse personal circumstances: the Honorary Treasurer can approve a reduction on an individual case basis. Please contact: membership@rcgp.org.uk

 

 

Subscription fee discounts

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 deductible.

£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

The RCGP understands the financial pressures that can arise from taking maternity, paternity or adoption leave. Therefore, if you are a UK resident* and were on Maternity, Paternity or Adoption leave between 2 April 2015 and 1 April 2016, you can claim a 75 per cent discount against the RCGP full membership fee (please note that Associates in Training receive a dedicated AiT package). If your leave starts on or after 2 April 2016, you will be able to claim this rate in the 2017-2018 subscription year commencing on 1 April 2017.

This reduction is available for one subscription year per child; however, you may be able to claim other reduced rates subsequently (e.g. based on income or continued career break). 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 - please get in touch with the Membership Services team who will be happy to help. Don't forget to claim your tax back to reduce your fees even further!

The discount can be claimed in respect of Additional Paternity leave and not the ordinary 1-2 week paternity leave. This ensures that you receive the minimum rate if you are taking time out to look after your child while your spouse/partner returns to work (i.e. paternity leave based on 'unused' maternity leave or adoption leave). 

*England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland 

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.

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 

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

Retirement & Life membership

Members who on 1 April in any subscription year had fully, permanently retired from medical practice (i.e. having relinquished their licence to practice and no longer participate in the annual appraisal cycle) can claim a 75 per cent discount against the RCGP full membership fee.

Alternatively, fully retired members can apply for Life membership upon payment of a lump sum equal to three times the full annual subscription fee, applicable for the current subscription year under Bye-Law 3. Life membership payments are tax deductible, provided payment is made during the retirement year while still in employment. No further fees will be payable thereafter. If you wish to take up Life membership, please contact the Membership Services team.

Life membership is awarded automatically to members with 40 years continuous membership. 

Not in active employment

If you are a UK resident and not in employment on 1 April of any subscription year (e.g. due to career break or ill health), you can claim a 75 per cent discount on our full membership fee.

Claiming tax relief

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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