Council Members

We are seeking to appoint one registrant member and one lay member for our governing Council.

Welcome from Professor Dame Carrie MacEwen

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the role of Council Member for the General Medical Council.

This is a particularly interesting and challenging time to join the GMC. Reform of our regulation is a great opportunity for us to realise many of our ambitions, giving us the scope to focus on the things that really matter in today’s health system in the four nations of the UK. From December 2024 we will begin to regulate physician associates and anaesthesia associates, the first step in a long overdue, major legislative overhaul of the way we work which will improve processes for registrants, patients and the public. We will ensure that we adapt and innovate, to play our part in delivering better healthcare and patient protection through ensuring high standards of education, training and practice for registrants. Working hand-in-hand with our regulatory partners, building and strengthening our collective endeavours, will be vital to our success. But the scrutiny and challenge from our key stakeholders, quite rightly, is significant and as a result our leadership must be equal to this task.

As the UK’s health services continue to respond to the challenges in the healthcare system, the GMC has an important role in support of the health services in all four nations to deliver their workforce ambitions. In turn we must support those we regulate to deliver safe patient care and will continue to share data and work with governments, employers and other stakeholders to improve workplace cultures through leadership and support. Council brings oversight and scrutiny to our vital work in this volatile environment. Our work to tackle persistent inequalities and affect positive change for all registrants builds on the GMC’s recent programme of ambitious targets to address disproportionate fitness to practise referrals and unfairness in medical education and training.

Providing non-executive support and challenge to the senior management team and working closely with other members of Council, the post-holders will help us ensure the GMC’s strategy focuses on proportionate, effective and compassionate regulation that supports the healthcare professionals we regulate to provide first-class patient care. Council members are the trustees for the GMC as a charity registered in England and Wales and also in Scotland. The new Council Members will therefore require high personal credibility, strong diplomatic skills, and the ability to build and manage effective relationships.

Our staff say this is a great place to work. You will be part of an organisation with a compelling public mission, a reputation for excellence in its work, and a central position at the heart of the wider health and care system. You will find a strong collaborative culture and a supportive and welcoming group of colleagues.

We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive organisation. Increasing the diversity of our leadership is a priority for us, so we actively encourage those with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

As a Member of the GMC Council, you will be in a position to make a real difference. If you feel that this is the right opportunity for you, we look forward to receiving your application.

Professor Dame Carrie MacEwen

Chair of Council