• RCP gives evidence on dignity in care for older people

    Dr Linda Patterson, RCP clinical vice president, will give oral evidence to the Commission on improving dignity in care for older people tomorrow between 11.45 am and 12.45 pm at Age UK Headquarters, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA.The Commission is being held by the NHS Confederation, Local Government Group and Age UK. Other witnesses in the same evidence session include Janet Davies, RCN Director of Nursing and Service Delivery and Dr Helena McKeown, BMA Head of Career Doctors and Independent Medical Services.

  • Future Forum interim advice: RCP positions on integration and information

    As the Future Forum presents interim advice to the Secretary of State for Health today, please see below for the RCP’s positions on both integration and information. The RCP has today submitted its evidence to the Future Forum workstream on integrated care.

  • RCP on quality of stroke care

    Quarterly local hospital results for patients admitted between July and September 2011

  • RCP: Patients need guarantee of national standards for doctors training

    In its evidence on education and training to the Future Forum, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) stresses the need for all postgraduate medical education to be nationally planned and led by Health Education England (HEE) working with the royal colleges, and for the number of trainee placements for medical specialties to be set at a national level.

  • Commissioning groups need local knowledge, says RCP

    As the Health and Social Care Bill goes to committee stage in the House of Lords, the RCP is calling for the government to guarantee that specialist doctors and nurses who sit on the boards of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) do not have to be from outside the local area.

  • RCP comments on Lords EU sub-committee report Safety First

    Sir Richard Thompson, president of the Royal College of Physicians, welcomed today’s report from the Lords EU sub-committee – ‘Safety First: Mobility of healthcare professionals in the EU, which addressed many of the RCP’s concerns about language competence and testing, and sharing of fitness to practice information between countries. He said:

  • RCP: Divided we fail

    In this year’s Harveian Oration*, Dr Iona Heath, President of the Royal College of General Practitioners, explores the divisions within the medical profession, dualistic views of the human body, divisions within society and the implications of each for the future of medicine. In an Oration brought to life with illuminating quotations from writers, poets and scientists, Dr Heath argues that we need to bridge those divisions to improve care for patients and create a fairer society. Key excerpts below:

  • RCP comment on Commission on Generalism report - Guiding Patients through Complexity: Modern Medical Generalism

    RCP says increasing generalist skills in hospitals will complement excellent specialist skills and help to improve patient care overall.

  • RCP: New blueprint for commissioning and planning medical services in NHS trusts

    Published today, the fifth edition of ‘Consultant physicians working with patients’, the RCP’s blueprint for the duties, responsibilities and practice of consultant physicians, will be invaluable for commissioners, planners, clinicians and NHS Trusts when commissioning and planning local health services.

  • RCP: Sir Richard Thompson's letter to the Independent on leaked hospitals report

    Last week, in a letter to the Independent, Sir Richard Thompson, president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) commented on the leak of an NHS London report which concluded that London's hospitals are failing to provide a safe level of out-of-hours emergency care.

  • RCP comment on GMC report State of Medical Education and Practice

    Commenting of the GMC’s report, State of Medical Education and Practice, Sir Richard Thompson, president of the RCP said the following:

  • RCP comment on Health Select Committee reports on CQC and Monitor

    Commenting on the Health Select Committee’s reports on the Care Quality Commission and on Monitor, Sir Richard Thompson, president of the Royal College of Physicians said:

  • Royal College of Physicians comments on King’s Fund briefing paper Reconfiguration of hospital services

    The RCP welcomes the publication of the King’s Fund briefing paper Reconfiguration of hospital services. Commenting on the report, Sir Richard Thompson, president of the RCP, said this:

  • RCP statement on third reading and report stage of the Health and Social Care Bill

    The Health and Social Care Bill will have its third reading and report stage in the House of Commons on 6 and 7 September. The RCP is calling for the following changes and clarity in the health reforms:

  • RCP: New advances prompt genetics guidance update

    As genetic technologies advance both in terms of speed and reducing costs, more and more clinical applications are seen in the NHS. This brings many benefits for diagnoses, risk prediction and clinical management, but there are accompanying ethical and legal issues of managing information that is relevant to both the individual and their family.

  • RCP: government amendments on access to services in part three of the Health and Social Care Bill

    Commenting on the publication of the government’s amendments to part three of the Health and Social Care Bill, which deal with access to services, Sir Richard Thompson, president of the RCP, said the following.

  • RCP: Eleven years on, the majority of patients receive primary angioplasty

    Eleven years since the start of the national clinical audit for the management of heart attack, the majority of patients in the UK have their damaged artery opened with a balloon catheter (primary angioplasty) rather than receive clot-busting drugs. Figures from the tenth annual MINAP audit show that in England this year the number of patients receiving primary angioplasty rose from 63% to 82%, in Wales from 22% to 30%, and in Belfast from 59% to nearly all patients – 99%. Results for local hospitals are available under embargo.

  • RCP: New Head of SEQOHS appointed

    SEQOHS, the accreditation system for occupational health services, has appointed Dr Sally Coomber to the post of Clinical Lead.

  • RCP Press statement on the next phase of the NHS listening exercise

    The Royal College of Physicians welcomes the announcement of the next stage of the listening exercise. The four areas of work are key issues for the RCP and our members and fellows: education and training, information, public health and integration, will all benefit from the Future Forum’s scrutiny.

  • RCP: Quality of stroke care

    Quarterly local hospital results for patients admitted between 1 April 2011 and 30 June 2011

  • RCP: New project to help reduce deaths from asthma

    The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), in partnership with a consortium of professional and patient bodies concerned with asthma, has commenced work on a National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  • RCP: New web-based toolkit based on RCP discharge summary record

    A new Discharge Summary Implementation Toolkit is being launched today. The step by step interactive guide will help NHS trusts implement an electronic 24 hour discharge summary which will enable a GP, patient or carer to continue care effectively following a stay in hospital.

  • RCP: Government prevaricates over public protection

    Despite repeated calls from the public health profession for statutory regulation of all public health specialists to ensure public protection, government is choosing dogma over public protection, warn UK Faculty of Public Health and the Royal College of Physicians.

  • RCP President: NHS creaking at the seams

    Sir Richard Thompson, President of the Royal College of Physicians, commenting on today’s release of waiting list statistics from the Department of Health, said he was worried about the implications of the rise in the number of patients waiting for diagnosis and treatment.

  • RCP toolkit to avoid handover errors

    Poor handover between doctors, nurses and multidisciplinary teams is a common cause of error in hospitals, and is a major preventable cause of patient harm.

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