Vacancy for lay chair of the Committee on Ethical Issues in Medicine

The RCP seeks applications to fill the position of lay chair of the Committee on Ethical Issues in Medicine (CEIM) for a term of four 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 and medical professionalism, as well as quickly developing issues that may arise suddenly.

Topics of discussion over the past few years have included, among others:

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

The CEIM meets three times per year at the RCP’s headquarters in Regent’s Park, London. From 2020, there is a possibility that some meetings will be held at RCP North in Liverpool.

The CEIM is made up of fellows, college officers and external members with expertise in ethics, religions 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
  • an expert in religions
  • representatives from the Trainees and New Consultants Committees
  • a communications expert.

Applicants for the role should demonstrate:

  • a demonstrated interest in health care and health care policy
  • experience in chairing deliberative bodies on complex topics
  • an openness to diverse religious and philosophical positions
  • an ability to draft position statements or responses to consultations, sometimes within a short period of time.

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 ( by 19 July 2019.

The Nominations Committee will then consider all applications and will make a final decision following an interview process. The committee's Terms of Reference and the RCP's nominations procedure can be found at the bottom of this page.

Travel expenses

Although not remunerated, this role is eligible to claim travel expenses incurred in line with the RCPs travel policy.

The Royal College of Physicians 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 committees, senior roles and staff in general.