Representing you

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.

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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 our Policy and Campaigns team

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.

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Reinvigorating relationship-based care

High quality general practice is enabled when the doctor knows the patient and vice versa. This requires time to build, nurture and maintain a relationship of trust between patients and their GPs. Rising workload is damaging our ability to deliver unhurried consultations and risks reducing our effectiveness as person-centred doctors.

We will campaign for our members to be empowered to deliver relationship-based care by asking for more resources and by exploring how the fundamental concept of 'continuity' needs in some situations to be redefined to suit the evolving needs and expectations of patients and practitioners.

We will clearly differentiate where relationships of trust add value, how sessional and locum doctors can build trust quickly and what needs to be done to ensure that relationships are maintained.

Our work on relationship-based care

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Reducing unnecessary general practice workload

Campaigning to enable the expansion of GP teams by incorporating new roles into the primary care workforce and promoting general practice as a career.

Ensuring workload is eased through the efficient use of technology.

Encouraging models of general practice where doctors work with patients to access services that are right for them.

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Sustainable infrastructure for general practice

Campaigning to ensure that premises are fit for purpose for all patients and healthcare professionals.

Calling for protected funding for primary care and community services and championing the value of general practice.

Advocating for IT and support to use technology to deliver the best healthcare in general practice.

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

Our Clinical Policy programme leads on the development of position statements for clinical policy and practice.

The RCGP Research Programme works in a number of ways to help ensure robust evidence remains at the heart of what we do.

We believe that with the right tools, skills and investment, general practice can continue to deliver world-class, place-based patient care and being a GP can be the best job in the world.

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.

We have built a strong working relationship with the Scottish Government, in particular working directly with them to deliver The Healthcare Quality Strategy for NHS Scotland.

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

The College responds to many consultations each year and welcomes input from our members.