Society Partnership Network

The RCGP is committed to inspiring tomorrow's GPs and future leaders of the profession. We want to attract, engage and educate our future workforce by providing vibrant and engaging opportunities to experience general practice throughout your time at medical school.

The Society Partnership Network provides official recognition, greater resource and guidance to GP Societies across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. It helps support and empower you to be our biggest advocates within the medical school community and your own localities.

"The surge in the number of GP Society events is a sure sign of progress in the promotion of general practice within universities and a real tribute to the RCGP's hard work in supporting these societies. Facilitating collaboration between GP Societies in the coming years will help to create a powerful and inspired student network across the UK."  Alice James, former president of University of Bristol GP Society

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RCGP Society Partnership Network Quick Guide (PDF file, 5 MB)

  • July: RCGP SPN Sign up opens
  • Late August/early September: Merchandise deliveries
  • September: SPN Induction
  • Throughout September: RCGP Faculty Boards
  • October: RCGP Annual Conference
  • Throughout November: RCGP Faculty Boards
  • Throughout February: RCGP Faculty Boards
  • May: Discover GP conference and Member Summit
  • June: RCGP Inspire Awards
  • Throughout June: RCGP Faculty Boards

Discover GP Conference and Member Summit

Wednesday 7 May 2025 will see the return of the annual Discover GP conference and Member Summit. Each year, GP societies from across the UK and Republic of Ireland come together to share ideas and best practice, get inspired about the future, and hear from leaders of general practice.

The day includes training and networking opportunities. Plus you'll get the chance to build relationships with the wider RCGP family, including local faculties, Community Group leads, and leaders of the profession.

RCGP Annual Conference

Mark your calendars for 3 and 4 October 2024. We return to Liverpool for our annual event which reunites healthcare professionals for an unmissable two days in the heart of the city. More info to come.

Students are the future of medicine and the future of our profession. Dedicated support, resource and expertise provided as part of the scheme, is designed to allow GP Societies, and their members, to become advocates for general practice and to experience the endless possibilities that a career as a GP can offer.

Your local RCGP Faculty

Your local RCGP Faculty Board are a group of advocates leading the agenda in your region who can provide support in your development and allow you to expand your professional networks. As an affiliated GP Society, you will be invited to link with your local faculty and will be expected to attend their board meetings. Find your Faculty.

GP Society Network

Our online community group brings GP societies together to collaborate, share ideas and opportunities, and join a wider forum of RCGP members. Details on how to join will be sent out when you apply for the Society Partnership Network.

Your medical school

Your medical school should be very supportive; make sure you forge a relationship with your GP Head of Teaching as they will represent your needs within the medical school and can offer support and access to local networks.

FYs and AiTs

Near peers are great role models; we recommend that as a GP Society you aim to reach out to local foundation doctors and GP trainees and consider appointing an FY rep to your committee. To enhance your connections with your near peers locally, approach your local RCGP Faculty and join the RCGP Foundation Doctors Facebook group.

GPs and local practices

Your local GP practices can offer exciting opportunities, from setting up audit schemes to speaking at events. Tips for maintaining your relationships can be found in the 'How to run a great event' toolkit below.

Find your local GP society

In recent times GP societies have evolved considerably, in doing so delivering fantastic work on a local level. You can use this map to find the GP society closest to you.