As part of a sixteen-month tour, RCP registrar Dr Andrew ‘Bod’ Goddard has been cycling around England and Wales in order to visit as many acute NHS trusts as possible and invite RCP fellows and members to sign the RCP’s modern charter.
The charter, which marks the 500th anniversary of the RCP, works to highlight the commitments of the modern-day physician, which includes: reflecting high standards of patient care; training, developing, supporting and championing doctors and healthcare professionals; leadership; promoting good health; and prevention of ill health.
The initial ride began at 8am on 1 June 2017 from London’s Grange St Paul’s Hotel, the former site of RCP founder Dr Thomas Linacre’s home. Now on its fourth leg, the charter will be travelling the South West, as ‘Bod’ is joined by RCP’s CEO Dr Ian Bullock to cycle between hospitals in Truro, Plymouth, Exeter and Taunton.
‘Bod’ is also using the 2,018-mile journey to promote the RCP’s #medicineisbrilliant campaign, which is aimed at improving the working lives of trainee physicians, as well as raising money for Physicians for Africa, a flagship project of the RCP which seeks to improve access to well-trained physicians in east, central and southern Africa.
Several physicians from RCHT attended the event at the Royal Cornwall Hospital’s Ingredients Restaurant today to sign the charter and to support ‘Bod’ on his journey.