Clinical Priorities

The RCGP carefully selects a number of clinical areas to join its Clinical Priority Programme. The programme aims to raise the profile and increase awareness of important or underrepresented clinical areas in primary care. 

We work collaboratively with external partners to plan, implement and review the impact of innovative programmes of work to help GPs and fellow primary healthcare professionals to improve the quality of care for patients. We deliver a range of outputs including e-Learning, resource toolkits, national and regional events, video case studies and publications.

Liver Disease

Liver disease is one of the five most common causes of premature death in the UK and is the only major cause of death that has a year by year increasing incidence. However, more than 90% of liver disease is preventable. Working in partnership with the British Liver Trust, this project has two aims: improving the detection of risk factors for liver disease in primary care and addressing them before liver disease develops; and improving the early detection of liver disease so that progression to more serious illness can be prevented through appropriate treatment and monitoring. We are working to raise awareness of liver disease as one of the major chronic, preventable, lifestyle-related diseases and to encourage GPs and other primary care staff to take an increasingly important and effective role in its prevention.

Clinical Champion: Dr Helen Jarvis

Clinical Support Fellow: Dr Mead Mathews 

View our Liver Disease Toolkit

Mental Health

This five-year enduring priority focusses on increasing recognition of the vital role primary care plays in the management of mental illness and ensuring that primary care colleagues can provide high quality mental health care. The project is developing education and training with a focus on developing listening skills and the promotion of multi-disciplinary training. The Mental Health Priority is also addressing the GP curriculum, core skills and personal development plans.

Clinical Champion: Dr Elizabeth England

Clinical Support Fellow: Dr Faraz Mughal

Clinical Support Fellow: Dr Nadia Llanwarne

View our Mental Health Toolkit

Physical Activity and Lifestyle

This project is delivered in partnership with the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine UK and the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences. The project is working to empower GPs to provide evidence-based information and, where appropriate, interventions to improve patient’s lifestyles. We are developing a toolkit of resources for GPs, CCGs and patients around Physical Activity and Lifestyle and are working with key stakeholders to promote the benefits of increased physical activity and highlight the links to reductions in prevalence of related diseases.

Clinical Champion: Dr Zoe Williams

Clinical Champion: Dr Andrew Boyd                                                      

Clinical Support Fellow: Dr Dane Vishnubala

View our Physical Activity and Lifestyle Toolkit

Parkrun practice

In an exciting and innovative initiative, the Physical Activity & Lifestyle clinical priority team is partnering with parkrun UK to promote the health and wellbeing of staff and patients. Under this initiative, GP practices across the UK are encouraged to develop close links with their local parkrun to become ‘parkrun practices'. 

More information and register for this exciting initiative


The Sepsis Clinical Priority, in partnership with Health Education England raises awareness of Sepsis and the appropriate action GPs could have an impact upon this condition, reducing the burden for the individuals, their families and the wider NHS. The Sepsis Priority is also exploring the impact of the forthcoming new international sepsis definitions, the NCEPOD report into Sepsis, and NICE Guideline and Quality Standard on Sepsis. The project will also encourage the coordination of GPs, ambulance and secondary service in delivering assessment and treatment of possible sepsis, as well as input into public messaging on the illness.

Clinical Champion: Dr Simon Stockley

Clinical Support Fellow: Dr Rachel Marsden

View our Sepsis Toolkit

Spotlight Projects

Clinical spotlight projects bring focus to underrepresented clinical areas to improve awareness and understanding through a programme of engagement, formal learning, networking and informal opportunities for professional development. These projects represent clinical areas on the national stage through influencing and clinical policy. 


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