LREP01 – Lay Representative to the Federation of the RCP’s UK

Role context

The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, based in the UK and with international reach, is a partnership between the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Royal College of Physicians of London.

The Federation is seeking to appoint three lay representatives to our MRCP (UK) examination boards and committees and seven representatives to our JRCPTB specialty advisory committees (SACs).For more information, please visit the MRCP(UK) website and the JRCPTB website.

Purpose and scope:

Lay involvement in the management and organisation of our work is essential.  Lay representatives act as a ‘critical friend’, contribute experience from outside the professional group, and provide an external, non-medical perspective to the decision making process. They provide input into the external quality assurance of the examinations delivery, support the officers of their board or committee in delivering examinations and meeting the requirements set by the General Medical Council (GMC). Successful applicants will become full members of the respective boards and committees, and will actively participate in their work and projects.

Federation lay representatives are non-salaried positions although applicants should note all reasonable expenses and travel costs will be reimbursed in line with the expenses policy.

Duties and Responsibilities:

MRCP(UK) examinations

MRCP(UK) develops and delivers membership and specialty examinations for physicians that are recognised around the world as quality benchmarks of medical knowledge and clinical skills.

Lay representatives on MRCP (UK) examination boards and committees take an independent, non-clinical overview on the general proceedings and promote an external viewpoint in the development of strategy and policy of MRCP(UK) examinations.

There are vacancies on the following MRCP(UK) boards: Management and Policy Board, which oversees the governance of MRCP(UK); the Clinical Examining Board and Scenario Editorial Committee, which oversees the academic quality and delivery of the MRCP(UK) clinical examination.  A copy of the remit and responsibilities of these boards and committees can be found on the MRCP(UK) website. They meet three to five times per year depending on the business of that committee.


The Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) improves patient care by setting and maintaining standards for the highest quality of physician training in the UK.

JRCPTB is responsible for:

The production of specialty curricula, including specified assessment methods, for 33 medical specialties and 2 subspecialties, as well as Core Medical Training (CMT);
Providing external advice to Deaneries on the quality management of training in different locations as part of the General Medical Council’s Quality Framework;
Recording and monitoring trainees’ progress and making recommendations for the award of specialty certification (i.e. to become consultants).

The key work of the JRCPTB in developing curricula and standards for specialist training is delivered by Specialist Advisory Committees (SACs). Apart from curriculum development, including assessment methods, the SACs advise on the quality of training, oversee trainee assessment and progress and make recommendations to the GMC for award of the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) and the Certificate confirming Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR).

Lay representatives on JRCPTB SACs can be non- health care professionals with an interest in medical training who have the ability to represent the interests of the lay public to consultant physicians.

The current vacancies for JRCPTB SACs: Allergy, Audio vestibular medicine, Aviation and Space Medicine, Clinical Neurophysiology, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Haematology, Metabolic Medicine. The SACs meet two to three times a year depending on the business of that committee. For more information please visit the JRCPTB website.

How to apply

If you are interested in any of these roles, please provide a current CV and a brief covering letter outlining your relevant experience and suitability to the role to Estella Hayward at Estella.Hayward@jrcptb.org.uk. Please indicate whether you are applying for a role within MRCP(UK) or JRCPTB. Recruitment is ongoing until all positions are filled, and applicants will be invited to an informal meeting with representatives from the Federation to confirm suitability for the role before appointments are confirmed.

For more information about the role’s please view the role descriptions:

JRCPTB role description
MRCP (UK) role description

Closing Date: 19 March 2018