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.

RCCP Clinical Policy

The RCGP regularly produces statements 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.

Antimicrobial Resistance

A joint position statement with the UK Faculty of Public Health (FPH), the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS), and the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) on reducing the threat of antimicrobial resistance. Published 2014

Direct to Consumer Genomic Testing

A joint position statement with the British Society for Genetic Society (BSGM) on direct to consumer genomic testing. Published 2019.

Electronic Nicotine Vapour Products

A joint position statement with Cancer Research UK on the use of Electronic nicotine vapour products. Published 2017.

Equivalence of Care in Secure Environments

The College position on healthcare provision in secure environments. Published 2018.

Mental health in Primary Care

The College position on mental health in primary care. Published 2017.

National Early Warning Score 2 (NEWS2) for assessing the patient at risk of deterioration

The College position on assessing patient at risk of deterioration. Published 2020.  

Overdiagnosis in General Practice

The College position on overdiagnosis and overtreatment in general practice. Published 2015.

Palliative and End of Life Care

The College position on palliative and end of life care. Published 2016. 

Screening by organisations which have not been approved by the UK National Screening Committee

The College's position on non-evidence based screening. Published 2019.

Quality in General Practice

The College position on improving the quality of general practice. Published 2017.

Clinical policy programme 

The Clinical Policy programme influences clinical policy and practice across the UK and internationally. We do this by:

  • Ensuring we are informed and actively engaging with the latest developments in clinical policy and practice
  • Identifying emerging clinical issues for the profession
  • Seeking to inform and influence decision makers on issues affecting clinical general practice
  • Gathering clinical expertise and knowledge from across the College and our membership to ensure our work reflects the needs and wants of the frontline GP
  • Representing the GP workforce on UK wide clinical policy matters

Clinical team

Dr Gail Allsopp, MBChB MRCS FRCGP, Clinical Lead for Clinical Policy

Gail is a GP in Derbyshire and Associate Professor of Primary Care at Nottingham University, leading on careers. She has worked with national and international guidelines in primary care for many years, using education to keep the GP workforce up to date. Appointed as Clinical Lead for Clinical Policy in 2019 her aim is to build the programme and increase membership engagement through the Clinical Advisers Network.