Policy and campaigns

Our Policy and Campaigns team works to influence policy and hold Governments to account across the UK. We advocate on behalf of GPs, their wider teams and patients at the highest levels, and promote the crucial role of general practice in the NHS.

We promote the tireless work of GPs and campaign to ensure that all patients can receive high quality care when they need it.

We lead the conversation around health policy with our policy work and are campaigning for the best deal for general practice from the Prime Minister's 10-year plan for the NHS.

We have secured key campaign victories including:

  • Campaigning for additional funding for general practice across all four nations.
  • Influencing governments to tackle the GP workforce crisis and securing promises from governments to deliver 5000 additional GPs and 5000 additional staff in England, along with 800 more GPs in Scotland, and increased the number of training places in Northern Ireland to 111 a year. 
  • Successfully lobbying for the creation of a State-backed Indemnity Scheme in England and Wales to tackle the rising costs of indemnity.
  • Secured the removal of doctors and nurses from the Tier 2 Visa cap.

Contact us

Email: policy@rcgp.org.uk 

Phone: 020 3188 7400


Policy and campaigning priorities 2020-23

In February 2020 our members voted on what the College's three policy and campaigning priorities should be for the next three years. These priorities set out what issues we will be campaigning for our members on.

As a part of the process for setting priorities our UK Council Chair, Professor Martin Marshall listened to the concerns of our members and selected reinvigorating relationship-based care as his priority.

Our latest publications

Tackling Loneliness manifesto England front cover GP Forward View Annual Assessment Year 2 Quality patient referrals front cover Download Back GP Campaign Download the Tech manifesto Download the Tech manifesto

Policy work in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

RCGP Scotland

RCGP Scotland has built a strong working relationship with the Scottish Government in recent years, in particular working directly with the Government to deliver The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHS Scotland.

We focus activity on developing relationships with key stakeholders and decision makers including those working in the primary care directorate, health inequalities, pharmacy, mental health provision, physical activity and academic general practice. We are actively engaged with the Scottish Government on workforce planning, integrated health and social care and leadership development.

We hold regular meetings with the Deputy First Minister and other senior representatives of the Scottish Government, the Scottish General Practice Committee of the BMA, NHS Education for Scotland and many other stakeholders who influence the development of health policy in Scotland.


RCGP Northern Ireland

RCGP Northern Ireland continues to seek creative opportunities to engage with key decision makers and informers within the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Health Service in Northern Ireland.


RCGP Wales

RCGP Wales works closely with a range of stakeholders to support GPs and promote excellence in primary healthcare in Wales.

We have been fully engaged with the Welsh Government's Together for Health strategy and subsequent work streams. We are represented on a number of groups and committees including the GP National Specialist Advisory Group which includes representatives from Welsh government, the BMA and health boards. We also host the Academy Project Officer for the Academy of Royal Colleges Wales which is a non statutory advisory committee to the Welsh Government.

We maintain good relationships with a range of stakeholders and meet with the Minister for Health and Social Services, the Chief Medical Officer for Wales and NHS Wales to promote college policy.

We continue to influence health policy in Wales through a range of stakeholder engagement activities including briefing sessions for Assembly Members and speaking at thought leadership events and policy forums. We also lead on work in a number of areas including mental health and end of life care, through the organisation of conferences and round table events.

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