International Advisory services

As the UK’s premier primary healthcare organisation and with a membership more than 47,000, we have unrivalled access to expertise in many aspects of family medicine. We offer this expertise help develop education and training programmes around the world.

RCGP expertise

With such a large membership, the College encompasses leading experts in their fields. Our areas of expertise include:

  1. Medical education, both undergraduate and postgraduate
  2. Development of assessment and examinations in family medicine
  3. Family medicine and primary healthcare research
  4. Training GP trainers
  5. Curriculum development

RCGP International can provide support and technical assistance outside the UK, or through presentations and workshops delivered in the UK.

Short modular programmes

We can help you develop short programmes, delivered face to face in your country. These programmes can be used to supplement distance learning modules or as stand alone courses. Examples include:

  1. Communication skills
  2. Mental health issues
  3. Maternal and child health
  4. Management of chronic disease in the community
  5. Care of the elderly
  6. End of life care
  7. Health education and promotion

Teaching of Trainers

We develop advanced training programmes targeted mainly at family medicine trainers to coach future leaders in family medicine.

Excellence in General Practice courses introduce participants to advanced education theory and build up skills in teaching, assessment and feedback. In addition to the taught modules, participants complete assignments between modules, supported by RCGP tutors.

Courses are normally delivered as a series of three or four modules over 18 months, each module lasting one week. The programme can be modified to suit different levels of trainer expertise.

Consultancy on curriculum and assessment development

We offer advice and support in developing academically robust curricula, courses and assessment methods.

Exam accreditation MRCGP[INT]

Our MRCGP[INT] framework provides accreditation to postgraduate examinations outside the UK. It is designed to ensure that locally available assessments have the same academic rigor as our MRCGP examination in the UK. It also gives successful candidates the right to apply for our International Membership.

We work with national family medicine organisations and examination boards to set up a joint development team of local examiners and trainers and RCGP advisors. This team reviews and develops all aspects of the curriculum, training and assessment.

Once an exam is ready for accreditation, it is thoroughly scrutinised by our Examination Development Assessors. When accreditation is achieved, standards are constantly monitored through quality assurance arrangements.

Contact us

To find out more about our international advisory services, contact  or Tel +44 20 3188 7562.

Useful information

  • Revalidation guidance for GPs


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