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Joint Specialty Committee (JSC) for Infectious Diseases: vacancy for chair

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is seeking a FRCP to chair the Joint Specialty Committee (JSC) for Infectious Diseases for a term of four years. 

The JSC for Infectious Diseases was established by the RCP and the British Infection Association (BIA) in 2016 to advise its parent bodies, or other organisations on their behalf, on matters of mutual interest regarding infectious diseases.

This includes the following concerns:

  • promoting the coordinated national management of new outbreaks
  • managing education and advice across the hospital setting
  • considering the global remit of the RCP and relevant international strategies.

Work of the JSC for Infectious Diseases includes:

  • workforce and training
  • setting national standards and agreeing joint guidelines and policy statements
  • drawing up specifications for clinical governance in relation to the practice of infectious diseases
  • advising the RCP, or other working parties
  • providing the RCP with responses to consultations and requests for nominations from specialist societies, guidelines (including NICE), the NHS and government
  • advising the RCP on key areas of infectious diseases and liaising with specialist societies.

Membership of the committee include:

  • senior representatives of the RCP and BIA
  • senior and junior consultants
  • trainee representative
  • chair of the Specialty Advisory Committee for Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine
  • representative of the Royal College of Pathologists
  • national clinical director for infectious diseases
  • chief medical advisor of the UK Health Security Agency
  • representative of the Healthcare Infection Society.

The JSC for Infectious Diseases currently meets twice per year, virtually.

How to apply

Please contact committee manager Elaine.Storey@rcp.ac.uk if you would like an informal discussion with the current chair about the role.

If you are interested in applying, please send a short CV and a brief outline of the experience you could bring to the committee. This should be sent to committee manager Elaine.Storey@rcp.ac.uk by Friday, 15 March 2024.

Applications will then be considered by the RCP’s Nominations Committee.


Applicants for the role must:

  • be a subscribing fellow [FRCP] of the RCP
  • be in good standing with the RCP, their employer and the GMC
  • be credible to the clinical community
  • possess a skillset relevant to the remit of the JSC for Infectious Diseases (at times this may include ongoing expertise related to the NHS in the United Kingdom).

The RCP positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.

The RCP is all about our people – our members, staff, volunteers and leaders. We educate, influence and collaborate to improve health and healthcare for everyone and know we can only do this by being inclusive, encouraging and celebrating diverse perspectives. Welcoming into our community people who represent the 21st-century medical workforce and the diverse population of patients we serve is a priority for us.