Fellowship is awarded to consultants or equivalent. It recognises clinical achievement, confers international peer recognition and presents enhanced professional opportunities to contribute to standard-setting and our policy influencing activities.

Benefits include:

Keeping your knowledge up to date

  • Free and discounted access to our programme of specialty and general medical education, including Symposia, Evening Medical Updates, International Medical Updates and Courses
  • Discounted access to our non-clinical Courses, including Clinical Research and Systematic Review
  • Access to hundreds of hours of clinical and non-clinical content and resources through our Education Portal, a virtual learning environment which provides a rich programme of online continuing medical education – new material is added each month
  • Free quarterly digital access to The Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Developing your career

  • Use the internationally recognised ‘FRCP Edin’ post-nominals
  • Professional support for undergoing the UK system of revalidation
  • Access to the UK CPD for Physicians scheme (value £160)
  • Join Enhance: Mentoring for Medics, our fully funded mentoring programme and support the next generation of physicians
  • Network with and learn from like-minded colleagues through attending events
  • Regular medical and training news updates
  • Access resources created by our Recently Appointed Consultants’ Committee to support your transition to becoming a consultant
  • Attend our popular free New Fellows’ ceremonies and dinners

Making your life easier

  • Fellowship voucher, entitling you to attend a second symposium for free within a 12 month period (save up to £139)
  • Discounted rates for hiring the College facilities in central Edinburgh including our meeting rooms and accommodation
  • Discounted rates if you’re working less than full-time (LTFT) (25%) or on maternity leave (50%)
  • Receive exclusive offers on a range of goods and services through our Lifestyle Rewards
  • Use RCP London accommodation at competitive rates

Representing your voice

  • Contribute to consultations on a range of health policy and clinical matters
  • Representation by our Recently Appointed Consultants’ Committee
  • Regular Presidential Overseas Visits, allowing us to hear what matters to you
  • Voice and influence via Federation, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and MRCP(UK)
  • Influence the College and wider external policy
  • Representation through the College with UK Government, Scottish Government, NICE, NHS and other organisations, with the opportunity to contribute to surveys and policy papers on topical issues

Sharing our heritage

  • Access our Library services at the College or online
  • Borrow items from our modern collections
  • Free entry to history of medicine talks and tours organised by our Heritage Team

Becoming involved in your College

  • Represent the College regionally, nationally and internationally
  • Contribute to the development of our education programme
  • Join the Recently Appointed Consultants’ Committee if you’re a Consultant in the UK
  • Nominate suitable colleagues for Fellowship
  • Opportunities for Fellows who wish to develop their careers and CVs by becoming MRCP(UK) examiners
  • Host local and international sites for webstreaming our Symposia and Evening Medical Updates
  • Eligibility to stand, nominate and vote in elections of President, Vice Presidents and Council
  • Eligibility to apply for a range of Office Bearer positions
  • Eligibility to apply to become an RCPE Regional Adviser in the UK or overseas 

How to receive College Fellowship

The minimum criterion is that of having held a substantive consultant position (or equivalent) for 11 months.  Further guidance is outlined below:


If you believe you meet the criteria for Fellowship and would be interested in discussing nomination please contact Avril Harries or call 0044 (0)131 247 3650