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Recruitment open for Vice President, Global

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) invites its fellows to apply for the post of Vice President, Global.

As Professor Ali Jawad nears the end of his successful term, suitable RCP fellows are invited to apply for this post which will commence on 1 August 2020.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 30 June and shortlisted candidates are expected to be available for interview on 8 July between 9am and 11am. Please note that interviews will be conducted virtually with details provided to shortlisted candidates.

Vice President, Global

The vice president, Global is responsible for providing clinical leadership of the RCP’s international membership and activities. Interested candidates must have at least 5 years standing as an RCP fellow and will be expected to demonstrate interest and experience in healthcare delivery and/or the provision of medical education outside of the UK. A two-person job share is possible for this role. 

The successful candidate(s) will usually be expected to spend some of their time travelling overseas and at events around the UK, acting as an ambassador for the RCP. While the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic means that limited overseas travel is expected over the coming 12-18 months, we believe this presents an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate(s) to consider new, innovative and more sustainable methods for the delivery of our global work programme. Creative approaches to ongoing engagement with, and the continued growth of our substantial international membership will be welcomed.

Examples of our international work include delivery of clinical skills workshops and educational courses in countries in Africa and on the Indian subcontinent, guideline development in the Middle East, provision of support for our partners the East, Central and Southern Africa College of Physicians (ECSACOP) and delivery of the Medical Training Initiative (MTI) scheme. The MTI scheme is a mutually beneficial partnership that enables junior doctors from around the world to work and train in the UK. There are usually around 300 international medical graduates working the UK through the RCP’s MTI scheme at any given time.

A short CV and cover letter addressed to the Registrar, Professor Donal O’Donoghue, should be submitted care of the Head of Global, Aimee Protheroe (aimee.protheroe@rcplondon.ac.uk) by 30 June 2020. The cover letter should clearly set out how you fulfil the requirements of this post as outlined in the role description. Virtual interviews will take place on 8 July. The role description for this post can be found via the link on this page.

The successful candidate(s) will take up office on 1 August 2020 and will be supported through a 4-month period of handover and induction with Professor Jawad.


Application period: 26 May – 30 June

Successful candidates notified: 2 July

Interviews: 8 July (9am - 11am)


  • Professor Donal O’Donoghue, Registrar
  • Mr Matthew Foster, Executive Director
  • Ms Aimee Protheroe, Head of Global
  • Dr Stella Oloo, physician and program manager East, Central & Southern Africa College of Physicians
  • Dr Jo Szram, elected RCP Councillor and Consultant physician and director of medical education at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

Start date: 1 August

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) believes that equality of opportunity is fundamental in whatever way individuals become involved with the RCP, whether as physicians, physicians-in-training or staff. It welcomes and actively seeks to recruit people to its activities regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, disability, age, gender and sexual orientation. The RCP aims to reflect the diversity of its members in all its committee, senior roles and staff.