RCGP Patient Groups

Patients are at the heart of all our activity and the hub of healthcare. Their viewpoint is an important part of the development of general practice. 

The aims of the College's Patient Groups are to:

  • promote partnership between patients and general practitioners 
  • address patient concerns and needs
  • encourage and support the RCGP and its members to involve patients in their own care

The College has four patient groups that share similar aims, values and goals. The groups work in line with our objectives and strategy. 

Patient and carers partnership group

Find out about the patient and carers partnership group's (PCPG) in their terms of reference.


To speak to us about PCPG you can email us.

Scotland: Patient partnership in practice

Patient partnership in practice (P3) is our patient group in Scotland.

The aims of P3 are to:

  • encourage GPs to work in partnership with patients and the public
  • influence activity in Scotland that impacts on the quality of patient care
  • ensure the activities of RCGP respond to patient needs

Group members contribute to projects with partners and stakeholders, and our work with Scottish government. This includes regularly responding to consultations, and be the patient voice in the media, where appropriate. 

P3 have a link to RCGP Scotland's leadership, the Scottish Council, the P3 Chair regularly appraises Council of the group's activity and progress.

The have a virtual voice, any patient can join our discussion and response forum. The group is led by a member of P3, who provides the contact between patients and P3.

They have worked on a range of project based work including:

  • developing a toolkit for GPs to support and identify carers
  • produced guidance for GPs to support patients who had suffered rape or sexual abuse
  • working with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society on a joint poster campaign to encourage patients to use the free minor ailments service within pharmacies
  • research project in all GPs practices to assess the availability and effectiveness of patients groups within practices


To contact P3 you can email us or phone us 020 3188 7730.

Wales: Patient partnership in practice

The Welsh Patient Partnership in Practice Group (PPiP) provides advice and guidance on medical issues. The development of the PPiP work plan is linked to the Strategic aims of RCGP Wales. The aims of PPiG are:

  • encourage GPs to work in partnership with patients and the public
  • influence and respond to activity in Wales that impacts the quality of patient care
  • work together to ensure the activities of RCGP respond to patient needs
  • set up and support links with other RCGP PPGs


To contact us you can email us or phone us on 020 3188 7759.

RCGPNI Patient Group

The RCGPNI Patient Group brings attention to patient views and interests.

RCGPNI Patient Group consists of two GPs and eight lay members who work on local projects as well as promoting patient involvement locally. The group meet four times a year.

The RCGPNI Patient Group actively promotes the development of patient involvement in general practice. They also promote the benefits of patient involvement with GP trainees and trainers.

For key initiatives and recent initiatives from the group, visit the RCGPNI Patient Group page.


To speak to us about the RCGPNI Patient Group you can email us at NICouncil@rcgp.org.uk or phone us 020 3188 7721.

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