Council is the RCP’s governing body for all professional and clinical matters, and is supported by a wide range of sub-committees.

To find out more about the work of Council and committees contact: Howard Ellison, deputy manager, committee services or Simon Land, head of professional governance

College roles & opportunities


  • Care Quality Improvement Board
  • Communications, Policy and Research Board
  • Education Board
  • Finance and Resources Board
  • Medical Specialties Board
  • Membership Support and Global Engagement Board.

Joint specialty committees (with the specialist societies)

  • Joint Committee for Obstetric Medicine
  • Joint Clinical Neurosciences Committee
  • JSC for Cardiology
  • JSC for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • JSC for Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • JSC for Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • JSC for Genitourinary Medicine
  • JSC for Infectious Diseases
  • JSC for Medical Oncology
  • JSC for Nuclear Medicine
  • JSC for Palliative Medicine
  • JSC for Rehabilitation Medicine
  • JSC for Stroke Medicine
  • RCP/British Association of Dermatologists senior officers
  • RCP/British Geriatrics Society senior officers
  • RCP/British Society for Rheumatology senior officers
  • RCP/British Thoracic Society senior officers
  • RCP/UK Kidney Association senior officers.

Intercollegiate committees

  • UK Chemotherapy Board
  • Intercollegiate Committee on Haematology
  • Intercollegiate Standing Committee on Nuclear Medicine
  • Joint Collegiate Council for Oncology
  • Joint Committee on Immunology and Allergy
  • Joint Committee on Genomics in Medicine.

Committees representing specific constituents of the membership/fellowship

  • New Consultants Committee
  • Student and Foundation Doctor Network (SFDN)
  • Trainees Committee.

Other standing committees

  • Advisory Group for Nutrition, Weight and Health
  • COVID-19 Therapeutics Advice & Support Group (CTAG)
  • Ethical Issues in Medicine Committee
  • Expert Advisory Group on Commissioning
  • Honours Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Patient Safety Committee
  • RCP/Postgraduate Deans Liaison
  • Regional Advisers
  • Research and Academic Medicine Committee
  • Sponsorship, partnership and External Events Committee
  • Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • Tobacco Advisory Group
  • Young Adults and Adolescents Steering Group.