Welcome to the RCGP

We are the professional membership body for family doctors in the UK and overseas. We are committed to improving patient care, clinical standards and GP training.

Our 53,000 members are the College – working for you and with you is at the heart of everything we do. 

Dr Mona Aquilina

Dr Mona Aquilina

"When I first approached the RCGP to find out what they offered to doctors approaching retirement, I never imagined where my question would lead. In 2019 I became the volunteer South London lead and national Chair of the newly established later career and retired members (LCARM) group. When the COVID-19 tsunami hit in 2020, my work became much more intense. With many RCGP staff on furlough, I subscribed to Zoom and organised the national LCARM leads meetings that became easier to arrange and simplified communication. We have held many virtual events, open to all GPs, to network and stay in touch. It has been demanding, but very rewarding."

Dr Carter Singh

Dr Carter Singh

"I was honoured to be part of a recent #TeamGP Perspectives podcast on GP wellbeing in which we reflected on our own experiences and used them to help explain how we have managed to turn negative experiences into positive ones. We also discussed how sharing our own lived experiences can not only be cathartic but also a source of inspiration to others who may be struggling. We need to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. If we fail to prepare, we need to prepare to fail. It has never been more important to look after ourselves and our colleagues, and band together as a profession."

Dr Gareth Patterson

Dr Gareth Patterson

"My first interaction with the College was as a specialty trainee and in my early years as a locum, when I started attending their events. If I’m really honest, I didn’t consider the relevance of RCGPNI prior to getting a bit more involved. It’s only in the past few years I’ve realised how supportive they are of their members and how important a role they have to play through their educational events, helpful advice, and political engagement. More recently I have been working with the college to explain what Conversion Therapy is and the issues that exist around it."

Dr Holly Hardy

Dr Holly Hardy

"For the last six years I have been a nationally elected member of the RCGP Council – a position I had never considered until I had the experience of being a partner in a failing practice. This led me to want to try to make a difference for other GPs and I was surprised and honoured to be elected. I have embraced the opportunity to speak for front-line GPs particularly on issues around workload and workforce. I have also had the privilege to be involved with the RCGP patient and carers partnership group, benefitting from the wisdom of the group both within and outside the college. I do believe that we can create opportunities for serendipitous events to evolve – just get out there, connect, collaborate, and light a spark."

Dr Thuva Amuthalingam

Dr Thuva Amuthalingam

"As an advocate for my colleagues during training, I continue to represent GPs both on the Midland Faculty Board and as a member of the BMA regional council. As a GP with special interests in dermatology, minor surgery, and aesthetics, I see the value portfolio careers offer for recruitment and retention. As the First5 network facilitator for my training hub, I encourage and empower my colleagues with their career aspirations. As an associate non-executive Director for our local acute trust, I am now working to address health inequities locally."

Dr Simon Tobin

Dr Simon Tobin

"Being a volunteer Ambassador for Health and Wellbeing at parkrun for 4 years has been transformational for me, my staff, and my patients. My involvement with parkrun has enabled me to meet so many wonderful people in my community. I’ve encouraged over 100 of my patients to come down to my local parkrun in Southport and I’ve seen lives transformed – hypertension controlled, mental health improved, confidence and self-esteem grown, simply by coming along to parkrun. I’ve made great friends and bumping into patients has helped me appreciate them as people, set in context rather than simply as 'patients'."

Why RCGP?

Our purpose is to encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards in general medical practice.

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Joining the RCGP gives you the opportunity to connect with 52,000 members who have similar needs and interests. This network can provide support and advice wherever you are in your career and wherever you're located. 

We understand that our members are often under enormous pressure. We've got advice and run free events to improve your wellbeing. If you need more support, we're here to help signpost you to the best service for you. 

We give a collective voice to GPs, lobbying governments and supporting campaigns, communicating a realistic view of the challenges and opportunities faced in general practice. We ask our members for input to direct and drive our conversation.

Our research and innovation improves the working lives of GPs. As a member you can take part in shaping our research and change the future of general practice. 

Latest news

12 August 2022

Urgent support needed for general practice to get through winter, says RCGP

Responding to the latest measures set out by NHS England to address forthcoming winter pressures in the health service, Dr Gary Howsam, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The entire NHS is facing an incredibly difficult winter ahead."

09 August 2022

RCGP response to BJGP study on cancer referrals during pandemic

Responding to a study in the British Journal of General Practice on cancer diagnosis and referrals during the pandemic, Dr Gary Howsam, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said the following.

08 August 2022

Action to tackle backlogs ‘vital’ to alleviate GP pressures

Responding to figures in the Telegraph on patient delays following GP referral to specialist care, Dr Gary Howsam, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said the following.

05 August 2022

College statement following the death of GP Gail Milligan

We are shocked and saddened by the tragic death of our colleague Dr Gail Milligan.

How we can support you

Find out how we support you to become a member of Team GP through training, representation and wellbeing.

RCGP's essential CPD provision for primary care, providing conferences, personal and online learning, consultancy books and journals to support you throughout your medical career.

Interested in a career in general practice? Find out about the diverse opportunities for a career in general practice.

Find resources and support to help you with your wellbeing.

Courses and events

We provide a wide range of high-quality events to support our members' continuing professional development.

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