Council Member Recruitment

How to Apply

Please take care to submit your application against the correct role – either Medical – for qualified doctor applicants or Lay for all others. Once it is submitted, you will be unable to change it and we may be unable to accept it.

This is an online application, competency based application process.

Please note, that the closing date is strictly 5pm on 24 July 2020.

Registering and Creating an Account

You will be able to register and create an account once you go through to apply for the role.

Click on 'Continue to full details and application', read and accept the Privacy Policy, and again click 'Continue to full details and application'. Then click on the blue 'Register' button on the left.

Choose a username and password. Keep these safe as you will need your account details to access your application and receive messages from us securely.

When you have satisfied yourself that you meet the role criteria and eligibility requirements which you can download here under 'Download Documents', click on the blue ‘Apply for this role’ button.  On the next screen, you will be asked a number of eligibility questions. If you do not meet the required eligibility, you will not be able to proceed with your application.

We will communicate with you throughout the process via notification messages in your account. We will send you emails to alert you to a new message, but you will need to login to your account to access it. This is to protect your privacy.

Once you have set up an account, you can log in at any time using the username and password you have created.

To note: If you have already started to apply for a role, you don't have to complete this in one session. Simply save the application and log out. When you come to picking up where you left off, you must apply through this site again and the application will pick up where you left off.

Competency Based Online Application

Please complete the online application form detailing how you meet the criteria set out in the four Core Competencies and additional desirable knowledge and skills outlined in the Council Member Applicant Information pack.

When completing the online application form, you must respond to the four competencies giving specific detailed examples of how you can address these, concentrating on your role and input, process and outcomes. In responding to the competency questions, please also address the criteria in the additional desirable knowledge and skills.  There is a 500 word limit for each of these questions. You can save your application at any point and return to it later.

You will also be asked to submit a word limited Career Summary, which should not be an upload of your CV.

Your application will be assessed and scored only on your responses to the Competency questions.

The ‘desirable skills and knowledge’ will form part of the assessment at interview in the event that the highest scoring candidates have the same scores.

You must submit your application by 5pm on 24 July 2020.

The final stage of the online application will ask you to complete some additional sections, including providing two referees, details of other NHS commitments and Conflicts of Interest. Once complete, you will be asked to make a final submission of your application. Once submitted, you cannot retrieve your application to make any further amends so ensure you are happy that it is fully complete. Please also allow yourself sufficient time to complete the process, particularly if you are unfamiliar with online recruitment processes. Your application must be received by the deadline of 5pm on 24 July 2020. We regret that late applications will not be accepted.  

After you have completed the Equal Opportunities information, you will see a confirmation screen acknowledging your application. You will also receive an email to the email address you provided, confirming receipt of your application.

How we will handle your application

We will deal with your application as quickly as possible (timings shown on the timetable are indicative).

Once you have submitted your application through the website, its receipt will be acknowledged automatically. Should you not receive this acknowledgement, check your spam and if you have not received this please email before the deadline for applications.

The selection process will be evidence led. Your application will be assessed and scored only on the basis of the responses given to the competency questions and against the four core competencies for the post.  Your responses to the additional desirable knowledge and skills will not be scored at the application stage, but used to distinguish between candidates who have similar scores and may be explored further at interview. Your career summary will not be scored, but will be used to provide further context. It is important that you respond to the competency-based questions in as much detail as possible within the word limit constraints. Your response to each section should provide specific and detailed examples to demonstrate how you meet each criterion (including what you did to achieve a specific result).

We score the responses you give from 0-3, with 0 being no evidence demonstrated you meet a key skill, 1 being some evidence, 2 being good evidence and 3 being extensive evidence.

For Medical applicants, your application will be “pre-assessed” before it is passed to the panel for consideration to ensure you hold GMC registration and a licence to practise. Panel members will be supplied with and will assess anonymised copies of your application.  

The selection panel is comprised of:

  • Dame Clare Marx, Chair, General Medical Council
  • Jacqui Francis – Independent adviser
  • Amerdeep Somal - Council member
  • Mr Robert Manton – Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery registrar and former GMC clinical fellow

Process for Council member appointments

  • On Thursday 13 August 2020 the selection panel will decide the candidates who will be selected for preliminary interview with GatenbySanderson, taking account of the evidence provided on your application. In selecting the best people for interview, the panel will ensure that all the applicants demonstrate any essential requirements in the competencies and experience for the post. You will be advised of the outcome of your application by e-mail. Preliminary interviews will be conducted virtually through Microsoft Teams video conferencing.
  • On Wednesday 9 September 2020 the selection panel will decide the candidates who will be selected for final stage interview, taking account of the evidence provided on your application and your preliminary interview. In selecting the best people for interview, the panel will ensure that all the applicants demonstrate any essential requirements in the competencies and experience for the post. You will be advised of the outcome of your application by GatenbySanderson by telephone.
  • Reasonable adjustments will be made for candidates with disabilities who progress to preliminary and final interviews. If you have any specific queries and requests, please email Emma Clark at GatenbySanderson at
  • References for shortlisted candidates will be taken week commencing 7 September – please ensure that your referees are aware and able to respond during this time.
  • In addition, we will also undertake checks, including social media checks, related to any information about you which could bring into question your eligibility or ability to perform the role or which might represent a reputational risk to the GMC or the Privy Council. Where checks reveal information that might affect your ability for appointment candidates will be given an opportunity to discuss the information before a course of action is decided upon.
  • For those candidates selected for preliminary interview, they will take place w/c 17 and w/c 28 August.  The interview format will be confirmed with candidates at the point of invite, but this is expected to be via video conferencing.
  • The submission of the recommendation for the Council member appointments is expected to be made to the Privy Council in early October 2020. It is expected that the Privy Council will confirm the appointment in November 2020 following confirmation by the Professional Standards Authority that it can have confidence in the process. Please note that at this stage information provided by candidates and arising from our due diligence checks may be shared with the Privy Council and the Professional Standards Authority.
  • All candidates who have been interviewed will be notified of the outcome of the interview once the selection panel has confirmed its recommendations.
  • The preferred candidate will be contacted by telephone and advised that the panel is recommending the appointment to the Privy Council. If you are unsuccessful, you will also be notified by telephone. The Privy Council will write to the successful candidate formally offering them the appointment once confirmed.  
  • If, following preliminary interview or final interview with the GMC your application is unsuccessful you will be offered feedback from GatenbySanderson

Dealing with your concerns

The GMC is committed to processes and procedures that are fair, transparent and free from discrimination. Complaints about any aspect of the appointments process for the Council member roles will be monitored, recorded and promptly handled. If you have a complaint, please contact appointment adviser, Katrina Paget, GatenbySanderson, at 14 King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HL or at email:

Written complaints will be acknowledged within 5 days and will state the time frame within which a response can be expected. Complaints should be made within three months of the closing date for applications.

For reference, GatenbySanderson’s complaints policy can be viewed here.

If you wish to refer your complaint directly to the GMC, please contact the Corporate Review Team, General Medical Council, 350 Euston Road, London, NW1 3JN (email or telephone 0161 923 6602). We will acknowledge your complaint and answer any concerns as quickly as we can, and within 10 working days, wherever possible. We will let you know if it will take longer.

Following investigation of the complaint, if an applicant remains dissatisfied with the response provided by or on behalf of the GMC, they will be able to raise their concerns with the Privy Council. Whilst the GMC is responsible for the recruitment process, the Privy Council is responsible for appointing the Council members. Contact details for the Privy Council are: Privy Council Office, Room G/04, 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ (020 7271 3292).