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Lay Representative to the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK

The Federation is seeking to appoint representatives to their Specialty Advisory Committees.

The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, based in the UK and works internationally, is a collaborative partnership between the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Physicians of London.

Purpose and scope

Lay involvement in the management and organisation of our work is essential. Lay representatives act as a ‘critical friend’, contribute experience from outside the professional group, and provide an external, non-medical perspective to the decision making process. They provide input into the external quality assurance of the examinations delivery, support the officers of their board or committee in delivering examinations and meeting the requirements set by the General Medical Council (GMC). Successful applicants will become full members of the respective boards and committees and will actively participate in their work and projects.

We are seeking lay representatives for various Specialist Advisory Committees (SACs) and Management and Policy (MaP) Boards. Please note that the format of meetings may be conducted in-person, hybrid or entirely remotely.

Federation lay representatives are non-salaried positions although applicants should note all reasonable expenses and travel costs will be reimbursed in line with the expenses policy.

The Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) improves patient care by setting and maintaining standards for the highest quality of physician training in the UK.

JRCPTB is responsible for:

  • The production of specialty curricula, including workplace based assessments, for 32 medical specialties and 2 subspecialties, as well as Internal Medicine Training (IMT)
  • Providing external advice to Deaneries on quality management of training in different locations as part of the General Medical Council’s Quality Framework
  • Recording and monitoring trainees’ progress and making recommendations for the award of specialty certification
  • External stakeholder management through the work of Speciality Advisory Committees
  • International Development activities.

Lay representatives for JRCPTB can be non- health care professionals with an interest in medical training who have the ability to represent the interests of the lay public to consultant physicians.

CPD Management and Policy Board:

  • The CPD Management and Policy Board are accountable to the Senior Leadership team (SLT), and through them to the Federation Board.

MRCP(UK) are responsible for:

  • Developing and delivering postgraduate medical examinations around the world on behalf of the three Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK.

How to apply

If you are interested in a role, please provide a current CV and a brief covering letter outlining your relevant experience and suitability to the role to: SAC@jrcptb.org.uk.

Recruitment will close on Wednesday 28 February 2024, and applicants will be invited to an informal remote meeting with representatives from the Federation to confirm suitability for the role before appointments are confirmed. Should you have a specialist interest or a potential conflict of interest please disclose this within your application.

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.