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Recruitment open for two RCP censors

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) invites its fellows to apply for the post of censor.

RCP fellows are invited to apply for these important roles which will commence on 1 August 2021 with a three year tenure.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 14 May 2021 and shortlisted candidates are expected to be available for interview on Tuesday 8 June 2021 between 09.00-17.00hrs. Please note that interviews will be conducted virtually with details provided to shortlisted candidates.


The office of censor is a senior and ancient one going back to the origins of the RCP and Royal Charter of Henry VIII. At any time, there are at least four censors (as well as the education and training vice president, who is also known as the senior censor), and their role has always been concerned with the examination, maintaining standards and thus education. Censors are present at the ceremonies to welcome new fellows and members into the RCP, and at all the key RCP lectures. They are responsible to the RCP for inquiring into and testing the qualification of all candidates for the membership, and to Council, for the investigation of alleged disciplinary offences by fellows or members of the RCP.

Over time the role of censor has developed to support work in many aspects of the RCP. They participate actively in the workings of the college and it is a real opportunity to provide wise counsel and to help influence and shape RCP outputs. As an example the censors developed the RCP500 Code of Conduct, launched in 2018 (www.rcplondon.ac.uk/code-conduct). Their current focus is physician wellbeing, and diversity and inclusion. At interview and annually thereafter at appraisal the censor will identify three areas where they believe they can contribute to the RCP.

Application and deadline

Application is via a short CV and application form. Please return applications to simon.land@rcp.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 14 May 2021.

If you would like to discuss the role prior to applying please contact Professor Burns, senior censor and vice president education and training on aine.burns@rcp.ac.uk

Appointments can be made through zara.gorman@rcp.ac.uk

Virtual interviews will take place on Tuesday 8 June 2021 (provisional date). The role description for this post can be found via the link on this page.


Application period: 14 April – 14 May 2021

Shortlisting: Week following 14 May 2021

Interviews: 8 June 2021 (provisional date)


  • Dr Jyoti Baharani, censor
  • Dr Peter Belfield, interim registrar
  • Professor Áine Burns, senior censor and vice president for education and training (chair)
  • Dr Kaushik Chaudhuri, elected Councillor
  • Dr Manish Gautam, censor

Start date: 1 August 2021 (three year tenure)

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 committee, senior roles and staff in general.