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.
The RCP is the professional membership body for physicians, with over 32,000 members and fellows across the globe. Physicians diagnose and treat illness, and they promote, maintain and restore health.
As the leading body for physicians in the UK and internationally, the RCP’s aim is to create the best possible health and healthcare for everyone by:
- Influencing the way that healthcare is designed and delivered.
- Promoting good health and leading the prevention of ill health across communities.
- Supporting physicians to fulfil their potential.