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Recruitment open for RCP deputy medical director of Invited Reviews

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) invites its fellows to apply for the deputy medical director of invited reviews position.

The role

Invited Reviews improve the care of patients, commissioned by Trust Board executives from NHS organisations and maintain professional standards. Service reviews support physicians and trust management when they feel the practice of good clinical medicine is potentially being compromised and is an important means of safeguarding patient care and ensuring patient safety.

The invited review service has grown significantly in the last five years both in terms of number of requests and complexity of issues to be reviewed. Invited reviews considers service reviews ranging from one department through to how different medical specialities relate to one another, individual clinician practice, and substantial number of case record reviews using a quality assured structured judgement review methodology.

As one of two deputy medical directors, you will help support the medical director for invited reviews in agreeing which review requests fall within the remit of an IR, and to help mitigate potential risks associated with undertaking difficult and challenging reviews. You will also chair reviews of various scale and complexity.

The deputy medical director role is central to building a corporate memory of high-profile reviews and actions taken to address recommendations made. You will help ensure that Invited Reviews are well governed and maintain the high reputation of the college.


RCP fellows are invited to apply for this post which will commence in summer 2023 (ideally June 2023 but to be agreed with the successful candidate).

As deputy medical director for invited reviews, you will ideally need to have:

  • experience of being in a senior leadership role in the NHS and dealing with difficult to manage situations with tact and diplomacy
  • a passion for service improvement, be patient focussed, have a broad understanding of multiple specialties
  • experience of chairing visits and giving difficult feedback is also desirable
  • a willingness to adapt and be flexible to accommodate the specifics of a request as no one review is the same.

Tenure and commitment

The deputy medical director for invited reviews will initially serve for a 3-year term (with a possible extension of up to a further three years).

The average commitment required for chairing invited reviews is varied (between 0.5 to 2.5 days), with around 15 reviews a year shared between the medical director and two deputies.

How to apply

Application is via a short CV and cover letter addressed to Dr de Belder, medical director of Invited Reviews. The cover letter should clearly set out how you fulfil the person specification.

Please return applications to Jasvinder.Sidhu@rcp.ac.uk by 5pm on 14 May 2023.

If you would like to discuss the role prior to applying please contact Invited Reviews medical director Adam.deBelder@rcp.ac.uk or the executive director of Membership Support and Global Engagement Matthew.Foster@rcp.ac.uk or Jasvinder.Sidhu@rcplondon.ac.uk, head of Invited Reviews.


Deadline for applications: 5pm on 14 May 2023.

Interviews: 25 May 2023

Deputy medical director start date: June 2023 (to be agreed with successful candidate).

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.