How we're governed

RCGP was founded in 1952 and incorporated by royal charter in 1972.

We are the professional membership organisation for GPs. RCGP is a registered charity, regulated by the Charity Commission. Our charitable objective is:

"To encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards in general medical practice"


Our leadership team is made up of the Chair of Council, Council Officers, Chair of Trustees, Devolved Council Chairs and the Executive Management Team.

They meet twice a month and provide regular reports to our trustees.

Their role is to translate decisions into actions, monitor and review progress against the strategic plan and address issues affecting general practice.

See our leadership team


Our council makes decisions on strategic and policy issues, professional issues and the overall strategic aims of RCGP. They are governed by council ordinances (75.4 KB PDF), bye laws (151 KB PDF) and standing orders (480 KB PDF).

Staff and operations

We are supported by more than 300 staff.

Our work is monitored and directed by programme boards, each of which has member representation to ensure our projects and activities meet the needs of our members.

The college also has two trading companies:

  • RCGP Enterprises Ltd
  • RCGP Conferences Ltd

They both have their own board of directors who report to the RCGP trustee board.

Conflicts of interest policy

This conflicts of interest policy (PDF file, 364 KB) has been drafted to ensure that all those who work for, with or on behalf of the Royal College of General Practitioners (“RCGP” or the “College”) have guidance on the following:

  • Common principles and rules for managing conflicts of interest;
  • Advice about what to do in common situations;
  • How interests should be approached and managed; and
  • Issues and rationale behind the policy.

Modern Slavery Statement

This statement is designed to satisfy the requirements of Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act (2015), by informing our members, students, staff, campaigners and the public about the College and its policy with respect to modern slavery, human trafficking, forced and bonded labour and labour rights violations in its supply chains.

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