Nominations open for clinical vice president and members of Council

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) invites its fellows to nominate candidates for the 2019 RCP elections.

As Professor David Oliver nears the end of his successful term, RCP fellows may nominate candidates for the role of clinical vice president. Fellows may also submit nominations for members of RCP Council to serve between August 2019 and July 2022.

Clinical vice president

The clinical vice president is one of three vice presidents, who are senior officers of the RCP. They are responsible for leading the RCP’s Care Quality Improvement Directorate and its activities. Nominated candidates must have at least 5 years' standing as an RCP fellow and will be expected to demonstrate interest and experience in clinical quality, safety and quality improvement.

Along with the other senior officers the successful candidate will be expected to spend some of their time based in RCP North, as well as London, and act as an ambassador for the RCP in that context. A two-person job share is possible for the role.

Once nominated candidates will be invited to submit a CV along with details of their interests and experience, to assist Council in drawing up the ballot list. After considering nominations, Council will approve a list of candidates from those who have been nominated. The new clinical vice president will be elected via a postal ballot that RCP fellows will be invited to vote in.

The elected candidate will shadow Professor Oliver and then take up office on 1 August 2019.

Members of Council

Council is the professional decision-making body of the RCP. Elected members are required to attend six Council meetings throughout the year and will also undertake additional supporting work.

Under the terms of bye-law 80, any fellow of the RCP may propose one or more fellows for election to Council. Any proposed nomination for Council must be supported by three fellows.

Anyone nominated must have agreed to stand for election and be aware that they are being nominated.

How to nominate

To nominate a candidate for the office of clinical vice president, or as a member of Council, fellows should complete the relevant nomination form.

Print copies of these forms are also included in the February issue of Commentary.

You will also need to send an email to simon.land@rcplondon.ac.uk confirming both your name and the candidate's, using the appropriate subject line:

  • Nomination of vice president
  • Nomination of Council.

Nominations must be received by Wednesday 13 March 2019 in order to be considered. Voting will open in May when all fellows will be sent ballot papers and election material about the candidates.