Everything that we do at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) aims to improve patient care and reduce illness. We are patient centred and clinically led. We drive improvement in the diagnosis of disease, the care of individual patients and the health of the whole population, both in the UK and across the globe.
Our 30,000 members worldwide work in hospitals and the community across 30 different medical specialties. They range from medical students to retired doctors. Physicians diagnose and treat illness, and promote good health. They care for millions of medical patients with a huge range of conditions, from asthma and diabetes to stroke and yellow fever. Physicians’ clinical work ranges from caring for patients who are acutely unwell in hospital, to supporting patients to manage long-term health problems at home and encouraging people to stay fit and healthy in the community.
The RCP works to ensure that physicians are educated and trained to provide high-quality care. We improve the quality of care by auditing and accrediting clinical services against national guidelines, and we provide resources for our members to assess their own services. We involve patients and carers in every aspect of our work. We work in partnership with other medical royal colleges and health organisations to drive health improvement, enhance the quality of medical care, and promote research and innovation, so that our members are well equipped to diagnose and treat ill health. We also have a wider duty to reduce preventable illness from causes such as smoking and drinking, and to promote evidence-based policies to government to encourage healthy lifestyles.
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Professor Cathy Speed BMedsCi, Dip Sports Med, MA, PhD, FRCP, FFSEM (i) (UK) is a consultant in Rheumatology, Sport & Exercise Medicine.
She is based at The Fortius Clinic, London, and at the Cambridge Centre for Health and Performance in Cambridge. She is also a senior physician for the English Institute of Sport.
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Dr Robin Chatterjee is a specialist registrar in Sports & Exercise Medicine at the Barts Health NHS Trust in London and also a qualified general practitioner with a special interest in Sports & Exercise Medicine. After graduating in 2003 from the University of Liverpool with an Honours degree in Medicine, he went on to pursue a wide and varied career. Highlights include practising as an anaesthetist in the outback in Australia, gaining experience in dive and altitude medicine, and working at the London Marathon and World Triathlon Championships.
In 2008, Dr Chatterjee happened to be present during a terrorist attack in Thailand, where he fulfilled the role of a trauma medic in the field, as well as a regional correspondent for the BBC World Service. He has previously worked as a medical officer for Brentford FC Academy and West Ham United FC Academy and has a particular interest in low back pain. He obtained an MSc in Sports & Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary University of London in 2015, he also obtained the Diploma in Sports & Exercise Medicine and has subsequently been awarded full membership to the UK Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine of the joint Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons.
Outside of work Dr Chatterjee is a PADI certified diver, an avid football fan and last but not least a doting husband and father.
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