Our committees help govern the way we work and engage with our members, GPs and healthcare professionals across the UK and overseas. This page is a brief overview of the roles and responsibilities of the committees.

Associate in Training committee

The Associate in Training (AiT) Committee gives doctors training to be GPs a voice in the development of RCGP policy and initiatives. The committee is made up of a representative from each deanery within the GP training system. The chair and deputy chair of the are elected by the committee members annually.

First5 committee

The First5 Committee gives newly qualified GPs a voice in the development of RCGP policy and initiatives. The committee is made up of a representative from each faculty. The chair and deputy chair of the are elected by the committee members annually.

Fellowship and Awards

The fellowship and awards committee examines nominations for fellowships and awards, and makes recommendations to the RCGP Council.

Medical Student and Foundation Doctor Committee

The RCGP Medical Student and Foundation Doctor Committee support and empower medical students and foundation doctors to shape the College’s activity aimed at enthusing future GPs. The committee are appointed annually.

Medical Ethics

The medical ethics committee advises our Council on ethical issues affecting RCGP, our members, and on any ethical implications of decisions we make.

Patient Partnership Groups

Our patient partnership groups ensure that the views of patients are considered in all areas of RCGP activity across the UK

Scientific Foundation Board

The scientific foundation board gives grants for research specific to general practice up to £2000. The board gives awards to:

  • research undertaken within the UK, and based on subjects within the UK
  • practising GPs and primary care teams
  • young and new researchers
  • those not previously in receipt of an award
  • non RCGP members

Specialty Advisory Committee

The GP Specialty Advisory Committee (GP SAC) is a national committee co-chaired by the RCGP and COGPED. The develop and oversee policy in all areas of work relating to specialty:

  • training
  • assessment and certification

They have oversight of all RCGP committees relating to training and assessment, which report directly to the GP SAC. Members are drawn from our members and from external organisations.

Health Inequalities Group

The health inequalities group works to ensure that health inequalities are considered across all areas of our work. It also develops evidence based information on health inequality for use by health professionals, the media and government.

Health Informatics Group

The health informatics group helps to develop our strategic vision on information management in healthcare, including:

  • applications in clinical practice
  • decision making
  • research

Secure Environment Group

The secure environment group supports GPs working in prisons, refugee centres and youth offender institutions. Its work encompasses education, workforce development, research and a specialised knowledge database.

Standing Group on Over-diagnosis

Helping to identify, discuss and issue guidance to general practitioners on the potential harms that can arise from preventative interventions. This includes:

  • over-diagnosis
  • over-treatment
  • poly-pharmacy
  • multi-morbid conditions


Set up to preserve and promote our history and that of general practice. It provides guidance on managing and preserving records and historical artefacts, and helps to organise activities for alumni and retired members.

Programme boards

Our programme boards ensure initiatives and projects are scrutinised, prioritised and resourced appropriately. The current boards are:

  • policy, campaigns and workforce
  • innovation and research
  • professional training
  • professional development and quality
  • membership experience
  • strategic communications
  • international
  • RCGP business

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