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. 

RCGP statement on GP appraisals - 20 November 2020


Abortion guidance for GPs in Northern Ireland

Read more about guidance for health professionals in Northern Ireland ahead of the expected law change decriminalising termination of pregnancy after 22 October 2019.

Assisted Dying

The Royal College of General Practitioners opposes a change in the law on assisted dying, following the decision of its Council in February 2020. Under current laws in each of the four UK nations, assisted dying is illegal.

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.

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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