Council Member Recruitment

Lay Council Members

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General Medical Council
£18,000 per year, up to three days a month
Closing date:
24th July
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
5pm Friday 24 July 2020
Longlist Meeting
Thursday 13 August 2020
Preliminary Interviews
w/c 17 and w/c 24 August 2020
Shortlist Meeting
Wednesday 9 September 2020
Final Panel
Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 September 2020

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We are seeking to appoint one medical member and three lay members for our governing Council.

The GMC‘s primary role is to protect the public.  You will join us in 2021 as we launch our new corporate strategy which builds our work in recent years to become an upstream regulator. Working closely in all four countries of the UK we aim to support doctors and the wider healthcare system to recover, and renew, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and deliver consistently safe and high standards of care.

We are responsible for setting the standards for medical students and doctors, for supporting them in achieving and exceeding those standards, and for taking action whenever these are not met. We work hard to promote professionalism and a culture of learning. The Government has recently announced that we will also in future regulate physician associates and anaesthesia associates and we are now preparing for this new chapter in our regulatory work.

Learning and insight isn’t just for our registrants - it applies to us too, and underpins everything we do to be a modern, inclusive, more active and proportionate regulator.

Council comprises of 12 members (6 lay and 6 medical). It sets our strategy, defines our high-level policies and is responsible for making sure that we fulfil our statutory and charitable purposes. We are currently seeking four new members, one of whom must live or work wholly or predominantly in Northern Ireland.  The current registrant vacancy is open to medical applicants currently GMC registered and licenced to practise from anywhere in the UK. Three lay people are sought for the remaining vacancies. Applicants for these roles must be able to contribute to setting strategy, exercising oversight and ensuring effective corporate governance. The time commitment for the role will average around three days a month and remuneration is £18,000 per year.

The GMC values equality and diversity and is committed to processes and procedures that are fair, objective, transparent and free from bias and unlawful discrimination.

The GMC is a charity registered in England and Wales (1089278) and Scotland (SC037750).

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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 competency-based application process. 

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 above. 

When completing the online application form, you must respond to the four competency questions, giving specific detailed examples of how you can address the four core competencies, 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. 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 

Equality and diversity 

As an organisation, we are committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and being inclusive in all our work as a health professions regulator, a public service provider and an employer. 

We value diversity and want to promote it on our Council. It is vital that our Council members are drawn from the widest possible talent pools, bringing with them different life experiences, ideas, and perspectives, to inform our discussions and decisions. 

We welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of applicants, from all sections of the community. 

You can learn more about our approach to promoting equality and diversity by going to the About us section of our website.  


We welcome applications from people who may need adjustments and all applications will be treated equally. 

Please let us know if we can make any adjustments which could help you with any stage of the process. Please email if you need a copy of this pack in Welsh, large print, Braille or in a different format 


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Duncan Ewart
0113 205 6092
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