RCGP policy areas

The RCGP regularly produces policy statements and reports setting out the College's position on important issues affecting primary care.

Topics are listed A-Z. Select a letter to find out more about specific topics and our position on them. 


Abortion Position Statement

The role of the RCGP Sex, Drugs and HIV Group (SDHIVG) is to provide support to the College's work in sexual health and in the area of drug misuse.

Access to general practice

GP access is a popular topic in public debate about the NHS – with politicians and the media often quick to call for initiatives to 'improve' access for patients. However, there is little agreement about what 'good' access to general practice looks like, and the term is often used to describe a range of diverse projects – from offering consultations via Skype to providing extended practice opening hours. The RCGP's policy work in this area seeks to highlight how GPs on the ground are working to improve access for their patients, and what challenges they are facing to achieve this.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Statement

The RCGP Scotland position statement relates solely to the role of Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANPs) and is not intended to provide an overview of other nursing professions, or indeed any other professional member of the wider multi-disciplinary team.

Assisted Dying

Overview and analysis of the RCGP position on assisted dying following a consultation with the College membership

Asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants

The RCGP has published a position statement (updated August 2017) on registration of vulnerable migrants, including refugees and asylum seekers, with GP practices.

Autistic Spectrum Disorders

Autism is a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that affects at least 1% of the population, with those on the spectrum demonstrating an increase in premature mortality. This guidance provides the College’s position and recommendations to ensure GPs ensure patients with Autistic Spectrum Disorders receive equitable access to healthcare.

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