Founded in 1518 by a Royal Charter from King Henry VIII, the Royal College of Physicians of London is the oldest medical college in England. It continues to play a pivotal role in raising standards and shaping public health today.
There are 30 different physician specialties, which range in size and scope from geriatric medicine (providing holistic care for older patients) through to nuclear medicine (using radioactive materials to aid diagnosis and treatment of disease). The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) provides an opportunity for specialties to come together and speak with a united voice on issues that affect the entire profession.
Members have always given generously, not just of their time, but also their own collections and wealth. Over the centuries the RCP has accumulated a large number of trusts, given and bequeathed by past fellows, members and their families. Some to them founded research programmes or supported RCP activities and services. Many of these endowed lectures which are still active today.
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) employs over 400 staff in a huge variety of roles including: academic, research, management and much more.
We offer a range of excellent benefits including:
As the largest clinical guideline centre in the UK, the National Clinical Guideline Centre (NCGC) specialises in advice and support to healthcare providers across the globe who want to develop their own clinical guidelines and deliver a work programme covering a wide variety of clinical topics.
Whether it's providing guidelines and quality improvement products or professional skills and training, we provide a bespoke consultancy service that will meet a country's or an organisation’s needs.
RCP library services support the education, CPD and clinical information needs of its members and course students. We have a rich historical collection built up over 5 centuries of supporting physicians. All our resources are available to the public for study and research and can be viewed in the Library Reading Room.
The library and archive collections are available to the public for reference use. Loans and other services are available to members and course students.
We have two study spaces providing Wi-Fi, desks, PCs, a printer and scanner, and access to physical collections:
The RCP has a truly international network, with 18% of our members based outside the UK. We listen to, support and learn from members in more than 80 countries.
Our work spans high-, middle- and low-income countries, ranging from accreditation work and guideline development in the Middle East to clinical skills workshops in rural Nigeria.
We also develop and coordinate the globally-recognised MRCP(UK) exams as part of the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, and deliver a wide range of projects aimed at strengthening health systems and improving medical standards across the globe.
RCP International Office is managing the Medical Training Initiative (MTI), a scheme that enables junior doctors from all over the world to work and train in the UK for up to 2 years, while giving trusts a longer-term alternative to using locums to fill rota gaps. The MTI team interviews applicants, matches successful candidates to posts in the UK, and facilitates General Medical Council (GMC) registration and visa sponsorship.
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