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Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (UK)

The Academy has its modern origins in 1974 when it was known as The Conference of Royal Colleges and Faculties. It had sixteen members who met quarterly to ‘discuss the work of the Joint Consultants Committee and the DHSS.’ It had no full-time officers, no permanent home and a negligible budget.’ By 1996 it had two full-time members of staff, a permanent home at 1 Wimpole Street and had renamed itself The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. The Academy moved to its own premises in Dallington Street, London in January 2011. A new governance structure establishing a separate board of trustees and an Academy Council comprising all member organisations was established in April 2011. Today, it has ten full-time members of staff, who coordinate the work of the 21 permanent members drawn from the Medical Royal Colleges through various committees. It has a leading role in the areas of Doctors’ revalidation, training and education and aims to speak with a clear and sure voice on generic health care issues for the benefit of patients and healthcare professionals.

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