At the RCGP we define research as systematic investigation that results in new conclusions. Whilst not a research organisation, the RCGP recognises the key role that research plays in advancing the highest quality of care for patients.

The Research Programme:

  • Facilitates making research more relevant to the RCGP membership base
  • Upskills and enables GPs and GP practices to participate in research
  • Highlights and celebrates the highest quality research from the UK to support clinical practice and patient care
  • Influences primary care research and funding within the UK

We support, celebrate and facilitate research, and encourage the dissemination of research findings across the primary care community. We collaborate with researchers drawing upon our networks of GPs and patients, involving GPs as Clinical Champions and Advisers and working closely with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and NIHR Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN). Our fellowships and grants support GP-led research activities, and our awards celebrate the best of primary care research.

Research and production of objective evidence is central for GPs to be able to deliver the best care possible to their patients. The College has a number of strategic partnerships through which it supports and influences research within the UK. The College influences research within the UK by identifying the important research areas within general practice and working with the NIHR to prioritise these. 

RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre

Established in 1957, RCGP Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) is an active research and surveillance unit that collects and monitors data, in particular influenza, from over 500 practices across England.

RCGP Scientific Foundation Board

The Scientific Foundation Board (SFB) was established in 1976 as a charitable funding body of the College. It awards grants for research projects whose findings will be of direct relevance to the care of patients in the general practice setting.

Research Ready®

Research Ready is a quality assurance programme for all research-active UK GP practices. It supports both research-interested practices and practices who have demonstrable experience of participating in complex research projects.

Impact from Research

We offer UK-based researchers the opportunity to partner with the RCGP on projects that have the potential to have an impact on the delivery of care. It enables us to engage directly with research projects, working with both researchers as well as established academic GPs.

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