Council Member Recruitment

FAQs

1. Do I have to be a UK national to apply for this role? 

You must be free to remain and take up this role in the UK.

2. Is there an upper age limit?

No.

3. Can I apply for this role if I am currently a chair or non-executive of an organisation within the health or social care sectors?

Yes, although the nature of your role and any potential conflict of interest would need to be further explored.

4. Can I apply as a Lay Council member if I am a medical professional and a previous Registrant, but no longer practising?

The definition of “lay” for the purpose of this appointment is that this is someone who is, and never has been provisionally registered or fully registered as a doctor, was at no time registered with limited registration and does not hold qualifications which would entitle them to apply for provisional or full registration.

Can I apply as a medical member if I have been re-registrered under the provisions of the recent coronavirus emergency legislation? 

The Medical Act 1983 defines registrant members as members who are fully or provisionally registered and hold licences to practise. This applies for the full term of a member’s term of office. If your registration ceases before your term of office, you would not be able to continue in post.  

5. Can I apply as a medical member if I have been re-registered under the provisions of the recent coronavirus emergency legislation?

The Medical Act 1983 defines registrant members as members who are fully or provisionally registered and hold licences to practise. This applies for the full term of a member’s term of office. If your registration ceases before your term of office, you would not be able to continue in post.  

6. If I have been the subject of a Fitness to Practise complaint am I eligible to apply?

You will be disqualified from being appointed if you have been subject to any investigation or proceedings concerning your fitness to practise by any licensing body, including the GMC, and the final outcome was:

  • Your suspension from a register, which has not been terminated
  • Your erasure from a register or a decision which has prevented you from practising
  • Your registration was made conditional upon compliance with any requirement or undertaking and these requirements have not been lifted or that the Privy Council is satisfied that membership would be liable to undermine public confidence in the regulation of the medical profession.

7. What will the time commitment be for this appointment?

Council members will need to commit three days per month.

8. How much travel is involved? 

Travel from home to London or Manchester (in the main) for Council and other meetings or for training or other events is required. Some wider UK travel may occasionally be required.  You will be eligible to claim the costs of travel and subsistence necessary to attend meetings when required for GMC business.

9. Is this a fixed term appointment? 

The initial appointment will be for a period not exceeding four years. The term of office will be determined by the Privy Council on appointment. Council members may serve for a maximum period of eight years in any period of 20 years. Reappointment (subject to the maximum period of service) will be dependent on a satisfactory performance appraisal and on the needs of the Council. However, a degree of change is often sought and there should be no expectation of automatic reappointment.

The post is a public appointment or statutory office rather than a job and is not subject to the provisions of employment law.

10. Is the role remunerated?

Council members are entitled to remuneration of £18,000 per year, for a time commitment of up to three days a month. Remuneration is taxable under Schedule E and is subject to Class 1 National Insurance contributions. It is not pensionable.

You may wish to opt for your remuneration to be paid directly to any current employer. Remuneration covers attendance at Council and other GMC meetings, including preparation and travelling time.

11. Who will make the appointments decision? 

A selection panel comprising: Dame Clare Marx, Chair of the General Medical Council 

Jacqui Francis - Independent member of the Bar Standards Board Selection Panels and External Panel Member for NHS Improvement for NED NHS Partnership Trusts

Amerdeep Somal - Council member and member of the Remuneration Committee,

Robert Manton, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery registrar in the East of England deanery, currently working at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

The decision for appointment is made by the Privy Council.

12. Do I need to use a computer? 

Yes. The GMC conducts as much of its business as possible through electronic media. You should therefore expect to have access to and be able to use PC based software, email and the internet. An ipad will be made available to members for their term of office.