Professional organisations

Professional organisations

Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

We are the professional membership body and guardian of standards for family doctors in the UK, working to promote excellence in primary healthcare. RCGP provides a collective voice for GPs across the UK in order to lobby and campaign on issues and current affairs affecting general practice.

RCGP faculties 

The College has an infrastructure that supports members wherever they are. As well as headquarters in London, there are national offices in each of the devolved nations, 30 Faculties representing local areas across the UK organised into five regions; an additional Faculty representing the Republic of Ireland and another for international and overseas members; plus a collaboration representing rural issues, the Rural Forum.

International affiliate membership of the RCGP

Overseas GPs are encouraged to register with the RCGP as an international affiliate as soon as they begin considering a move to the UK. Membership provides access to online learning and continuing professional development resources, including clinical knowledge modules and updates on new guidance. You will also gain access to an exclusive global community of over 3,000 RCGP members based in 86 countries, and will receive regular newsletters and updates from our international team. Around 70 per cent of our global members said the RCGP has supported their career progression, and half told us that their motivation for joining the College was to access educational and CPD support.

British Medical Association (BMA)

The BMA is the trade union and professional association for doctors in the UK. It's General Practitioners Committee (GPC) represents all GPs in the UK. It deals with all matters affecting NHS GPs, whether or not they are BMA members and is committed to promoting equal rights and opportunities, supporting diversity and creating an open and inclusive environment for members, employees and stakeholders. The BMA provides specific support for doctors who qualified overseas and overseas nationals training or working in the UK, with resources designed to help.  

General Medical Council (GMC)

The GMC is an independent organisation that helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practise across the UK. It decides which doctors are qualified to work here and oversees UK medical education and training. It sets the standards that doctors need to follow, and supports them to make sure that they continue to meet these standards throughout their careers. It also takes action to prevent a doctor from putting the safety of patients, or the public's confidence in doctors, at risk.

British International Doctors' Association (BIDA) 

BIDA was established in the UK in 1975 to promote equality and fairness for all doctors and dentists working in the UK. BIDA encourages membership of graduates from all international countries and its mission is to achieve equal treatment of all doctors and dentists based on their competence and merit irrespective of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, country of origin or school of graduation. BIDA is active across the UK and offers free advice, support and mentoring to all international doctors coming to the UK. 

British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO)

BAPIO is a membership organisation for doctors of Indian sub-continental origin including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. A national voluntary organisation established in 1996, it was set up to support doctors arriving from India to work in the NHS, and promotes diversity and equality. BAPIO has divisions covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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