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Our 54,000 members are the College – working for you and with you is at the heart of everything we do. 

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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."

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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."

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Dr Munro Stewart

“Connecting with my local Faculty as a trainee provided me with a network of supportive colleagues with their own interests, experiences and a shared common purpose and passion for providing the highest quality of general practice. My interest in the intersection between the environment and health inequalities is increasingly integrated into college work, and I have enjoyed robust but respectful debates with frontline colleagues since becoming UK Council rep for East Scotland. There is much work to do to improve conditions for GPs, but the commitment of my colleagues gives me hope. I have no doubt general practice would be in a far worse state were it not for RCGP work. I hope you find the College a place where you find support and have your voice heard like I have. If not, please get in touch.”

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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."

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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."

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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?

We are the professional home for GPs, led by GPs, maintaining the highest standards in patient care. Together we:

As you move through your working life, we’re here to help build on your achievements, grow your career and develop your leadership skills. Our award-winning courses, learning hubs and Essential Knowledge Updates keep you updated with the latest clinical developments.

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Joining the RCGP gives you the opportunity to connect with 54,000 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. 

Be part of our strong collective voice of over 54,000 GPs to help us lobby governments, influence change and find solutions to challenges and opportunities you face in general practice. We ask our members for input to direct and drive our conversation. 

  • Our awards recognise the excellence, efforts and contributions that have been made across general practice
  • Demonstrate and recognise your achievement and contribution to general practice with RCGP Fellowship
  • Celebrate becoming a qualified practitioner and member of the College at a New Members' Ceremony
  • Share knowledge, best practice and benefit from diversity of ideas and experience
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Latest news

29 February 2024

RCGP Chair responds to the launch of ‘same-day access hubs’

Professor Kamila Hawthorne is in today’s BBC and Telegraph, responding to the launch of ‘same-day access hubs’ by the North West London Integrated Care Board.

23 February 2024

RCGP welcomes new study highlighting the importance of continuity of care

The College responds to a new study from University of Cambridge showing having a ‘regular doctor’ can significantly reduce GP workload.

22 February 2024

RCGP calls out closure of national retention schemes

The RCGP has written to the CEO of NHS England and the Primary Care Minister to express concern over the closure of national retention schemes.

19 February 2024

RCGP Chair calls for help for overseas GP trainees to stay in the NHS

Professor Kamila Hawthorne lays out how overseas GPs are penalised by the visa process in a letter to the Guardian.

Upcoming events

02 March 2024

New Members' and Fellows' Ceremony 2024 | North of England | Morning

Join us in Sheffield for our New Members' and Fellows' ceremonies. These events are an opportunity for you to celebrate with friends, peers, and family the achievement of attaining membership of the College by completing the MRCGP, MRCGP[INT] OR MAP or achieving Fellowship of the College FRCGP.

02 March 2024

SE Thames Faculty Walk & Lunch - Ide Hill - POSTPONED

The Faculty are delighted to invite you to our annual Faculty walk The walk and lunch is complimentary to SE Thames members and their families. It is a circular route just West of Sevenoaks and is 5.2 miles. There are some good views to be seen and a little bit of history to the area. It is a great social opportunity and to meet with colleagues from the patch.

02 March 2024

New Members' and Fellows' Ceremony 2024 | North of England | Afternoon

Join us in Sheffield for our New Members' and Fellows' ceremonies. These events are an opportunity for you to celebrate with friends, peers, and family the achievement of attaining membership of the College by completing the MRCGP, MRCGP[INT] OR MAP or achieving Fellowship of the College FRCGP.

02 March 2024

Whiterose Celebrating General Practice

The Whiterose Celebrating General Practice Evening is a wonderful opportunity for us to come together and celebrate the crucial role general practitioners play in providing primary healthcare services to our community. Please join us in making this event a memorable gathering of like-minded professionals who share a passion for providing quality healthcare to our patients.