Council Members

Working closely with the Chair, other members of Council and the senior management team, the post-holders will drive forward the GMC’s strategy, focussing on effective and compassionate regulation that supports the healthcare professionals we regulate to provide first-class patient care, and to help shape our next strategy. 

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 time to join the GMC. The government’s regulatory reform agenda 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. From December 2024 we will begin to regulate physician associates and anaesthesia associates, the first step in a major legislative overhaul of the way we work. We want to 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 doctors, PAs and AAs. Working hand-in-hand with our regulatory partners, building and strengthening our collective endeavours, will be vital to our success. Delivering operational excellence while working under the scrutiny of the professions and public means the leadership task is a significant one.

As the UK’s health services continue to respond to the challenges in the healthcare system, it is more important than ever that the GMC supports those it regulates to deliver safe patient care. Council leads our vital work to tackle persistent inequalities in the medical profession and affect positive change for all registrants. This builds on the GMC’s recent programme of ambitious targets to address disproportionate fitness to practise referrals and unfairness in medical education and training.

Working closely with the Chair, other members of Council and the senior management team, the post-holders will drive forward the GMC’s strategy, focussing on effective and compassionate regulation that supports the healthcare professionals we regulate to provide first-class patient care, and to help shape our next strategy. Council members also carry out the important role as the Trustees for the GMC as a charity registered in England and Wales and also in Scotland. The new Council Members will therefore have 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 join 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; one that reflects the professions we work with and the public that we represent.  Increasing the diversity of our leadership is a priority for us, so we actively encourage those with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

We have taken steps to secure a balanced interview panel and will ensure both the long and shortlists are diverse before proceeding to interviews.

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