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


Screening Position Statement

Screening is the process of testing people who are well, or believe themselves to be well, or have no symptoms relating to the testing being done. It identifies people in an at-risk group who can potentially benefit from earlier treatment of the identified condition.

Sustainable development, climate change and green issues

The RCGP believes that General Practitioners have a role in raising awareness in relation to climate change and health as well as promoting appropriate lifestyle choices and that this should be seen as part of a wider duty of care.

Sexual and Reproductive Health

GPs have an important role to play in sexual and reproductive health. Read the RCGP's latest position statement on the commissioning of sexual healthcare in England, and our consensus statement with the Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

Seven day access to routine general practice

Following proposals to introduce seven day access to routine care in general practice, the RCGP has produced a position statement, which outlines the College’s position on the issue and sets out an alternative strategy for providing extended access for patients.

Social Care and General Practice

General practice sits at the interface between health and social care, and can in the right circumstances play a vital role in working with patients, social care professionals and other to join up service and improve outcomes. The RCGP is undertaking ongoing policy work to explore the relationship between GPs and social care, and has produced two case studies.

In England, the College is engaging with the Government and Parliamentarians on the proposals contained in the White Paper 'Caring for our Future' and the draft Care and Support Bill.

Social Media Highway Code

The RCGP wants doctors and other healthcare professionals to go online and share their views on issues about the use of social media, as it finalises the RCGP Social Media Highway Code.

Substance misuse recovery

A joint paper from the RCGP and the SMMGP considers the future impact of the changing commissioning environment on primary care drug and alcohol treatment

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