RCP 500-year anniversary

In 1518, King Henry VIII agreed to establish a College of Physicians to protect the people of London from unqualified medical practitioners.

Over the centuries, the RCP has developed this original mission into its present-day role to provide the highest standards of patient care, extending across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In 2018 the RCP will celebrate its 500-year anniversary. This will be a truly unique, exciting and inspiring year for the RCP packed with a wide variety of lectures, publications, events and conferences. Our annual conference: Innovation in Medicine 2018, will be the highlight of the year’s celebrations. These events will explore our past and will promote and reaffirm our commitment to raising medical standards and shaping public health in the future.

View details here of our special RCP500 anniversary programme, which includes especially themed conferences, exhibitions, lectures and dinners. We also have a special dedicated site: https://history.rcplondon.ac.uk/

We also invite you to watch the above celebratory film, RCP500 – Past, Present and Future. It underlines the RCP’s unwavering commitment to great patient care, and our strengths and modern-day challenges at 500 years old. It explores five themes: setting standards, education and training, the doctor-patient relationship, the beginning of the NHS and public health.


Discover the story of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) over almost 5 centuries.

2018: a year of celebration