RCGP policy work

As part of RCGP's commitment to improving patient care, clinical standards and GP training, we work to shape the healthcare agenda in the UK and internationally.

We do this by:

  • Ensuring we are informed about and actively engaging with the latest developments in the rapidly changing political and health care environments
  • Identifying emerging issues for the profession and where the College must take a stand
  • Seeking to inform and influence decision makers about the College's stance on specific issues 
    Parliamentary Work

We monitor political developments in order to inform our approach and work with political stakeholders through regular engagement in the form of meetings, briefings, and seminars. We also regularly provide oral and written evidence to Parliamentary Committees and attend the three main UK party conferences.

Contact us

Email: policy@rcgp.org.uk 
Phone: 020 3188 7400

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.

Contact us

To find out more about RCGP Scotland's stakeholder engagement work, contact mike.andrews@rcgp.org.uk or telephone 020 3188 7738.

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. The College has had significant and ongoing engagement with the Health Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly in relation to the Review of Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland that was published in December 2011.

This has included two briefing sessions with a further envisaged later in the Parliamentary year.

Contact us

To find out more about the College's stakeholder engagement work in Northern Ireland, contact clare.higgins@rcgp.org.uk or telephone 020 3188 7726.

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.

Contact us

To find out more about the RCGP Wales' stakeholder engagement work, contact nicola.edmunds@cgp.org.uk or telephone 020 3188 7757.

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