The RCPSG Senior Fellows’ Club (SFC) is open to Fellows and Members of the College, across its disciplines, who have retired from substantive practice. Retired Fellows/Members of the other UK Physician and Surgeon Colleges are also welcome to join. The Club was established in 1976 as the College Seniors Club, under the chairmanship of Sir Charles Illingworth. It has been going strong ever since, and had over 150 members in the 2019-20 session.
In normal circumstances, the SFC meets in the College on seven afternoons each session, monthly from October to April. The meetings are centred on a programme of lecture presentations on a wide range of topics, all delivered by Club members. Four of the lectures are preceded by a drinks reception and lunch, and the others are followed by coffee/tea.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the Club is unable to meet in person until further notice and is operating as ‘SFC online ’, with lectures delivered through webinar events in place of the normal meetings. Membership sign-up arrangements have been suspended, and participation in the SFC online events is free. Everyone who is on the SFC Contacts List is contacted in advance of the webinars and given the opportunity to register for them.
The SFC enjoys a reputation as a vibrant part of the College life, and SFC online is proving to be a valued substitute for the normal meetings. The richly-varied 2020-21 Programme can be viewed by current Fellows/Members of the College on their dashboard by clicking/tapping on the 'Get Involved' button.
Fellows/Members who have retired, or will be retiring between now and April 2021, can have their details added to the SFC Contacts List by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0141 221 6072 and selecting the option for the Membership Department. Information on the 2020-21 Programme can be obtained in the same way.
A warm welcome, even if only ‘virtual’ at present, awaits new and returning SFC members.