The RCPE Quality Governance Collaborative (QGC) is an independent, neutral, non-governmental body committed to a new approach to governance in health and social care. We bring together multi-professional groups, developing national and international collaborations that aim to highlight issues and improve the practice of quality governance. We work closely with and advises governments, medical royal colleges, board directors, NGOs and other healthcare professionals and individuals involved in the delivery of patient care.

The QGC undertakes a number of activities to improve governance systems, including our fellowship programme, research publications and policy positions, symposia discussions and direct governance support for health and social care organisations via audits and invited reviews. The QGC also carries out a suite of public events; these event are visible through the RCPE Events Page:

Our ambition is to shape UK and international quality governance practice, and ensure that health systems continue to deliver for patients.

RCPE QGC and the World Health Organization have the below joint working definition of Excellence in Quality Governance: 

"The means by which all institutions and organisations involved in the design and delivery of healthcare translate health policy into clinical practice and management in order to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare.

‘The ability to ask the right questions and to implement the right mechanisms to ensure the organisation discharges its duties in line with its purpose and with focus on good clinical practice."

Right Question – Right Answer – Right Time – Right Outcome

Scope of the QGC

  • Neutral centre for debate and development in the field of quality governance
    • School of Governance in alliance with the WHO
    • RCPE forum for Quality Governance
  • Alignment of excellence in governance practice across different sectors – nationally and internationally
  • Suite of symposia/ debates led by RCPE and hosting leaders from the international governance and clinical community
  • Dedicated Quality Governance Fellowship Programme
  • Unique national and international fellowship in governance in alliance with the WHO
    •  Four UK cohorts and two international cohorts
    •  Excellence in Governance learning set for Chairs & Executive directors
  • QGC RCPE / WHO - a developed joint working definition of excellence in quality governance
  • Advises governments and boards on quality governance issues
  • Governance Boards/ organisational/ clinical reviews by invitation
  • Annual international Quality Governance RCPE conference
  • International governance learning set, aligned to EHM

- The QGC Scope is available for download here.


The Quality Governance Collaborative has a clear governance structure that encompasses the QGC faculty, the QGC Steering Board the RCPE President and Council as well as contributions from the RCPE External Relations & Policy department and our international partnerships. A clear breakdown can be seen in the PDF diagram attached here.

Special Thanks

The Quality Governance Collaborative would like to extend its sincerest gratitude to Sir Allan Langlands, Sir William Wells, Prof Sir Liam Donaldson and Dame Denise Coia, who have all been fundamental throughout the conceptualisation and development of the Quality Governance Collaborative and have generously continued to support and contribute to the Quality Governance Collaborative vision.

The Quality Governance Collaborative would also like to extend special thanks to Prof Derek Bell, Past President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, for initiating and supporting the development of the Quality Governance Collaborative.


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