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Committee on Ethical Issues in Medicine: vacancy for FRCP

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is seeking one of its fellows to join the Committee on Ethical Issues in Medicine (CEIM) as a representative of the RCP for a term of 4 years.

Debate over ethical issues arising in medical practice is important to the medical community and the CEIM has a responsibility to advise the RCP on ethical considerations arising in the medical profession. These include both longstanding issues, such as the debate around assisted dying, as well as quickly developing issues that may arise suddenly, such as the ongoing issues from COVID-19. Topics of discussion over the past few years have included, among others:

  • assisted dying
  • organ donation
  • resource allocation
  • professional roles
  • end-of-life concerns
  • gender identity.

The CEIM is made up of fellows, college officers and external members with expertise in ethics, the law, and communications. It currently comprises:

  • Four elected fellows of the college
  • A medical ethicist
  • A legal representative
  • The RCP president, registrar and clinical vice-president
  • Two patient and carer network representatives
  • Representatives from the Trainees and New Consultants Committees
  • A communications expert

If you are interested in joining, please send your CV and one page outline of the experience you could bring, to the registrar, Professor Donal O’Donoghue, via the committee manager (rhys.owens@rcplondon.ac.uk) by 13 November 2020. The Nominations Committee will then consider all applications and will make a final decision. The committee's Terms of Reference and the RCP's nominations procedure can be found at the bottom of this page.

A formal qualification in medical ethics would be an advantage but is not essential: a willingness to read around the issues and the ability to contribute to discussions are more important.  

Travel Expenses

Although not remunerated this role is eligible to claim travel expenses incurred in line with the RCPs travel policy, though in line with government guidelines all meetings will be held virtually for the foreseeable future.

The Royal College of Physicians welcomes and actively seeks to recruit people to its activities regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation. The RCP aims to reflect the diversity of its members in all its committees, senior roles and staff in general. The diversity of the committee will be considered in determining appointments