Council Member Recruitment


1. Do I have to be a UK national to apply for this role?

You must be free to remain and take up this role in the UK.

2. Is there an upper age limit?


3. Can I apply for a role if I am currently a chair or non-executive of an organisation within the health or social care sectors?

Yes, although the nature of your role and any potential conflict of interest would need to be further explored.

4. I am a doctor. What are the requirements around registration and licence to practise?

As a Medical applicant, you must hold a current GMC registration and a licence to practise to be eligible for appointment.

5. Can I apply as a Lay member if I am a medical professional and a previous Registrant, but no longer practising?

The definition of “lay” for the purpose of this appointment is that this is someone who is, and never has been provisionally registered or fully registered as a doctor, was at no time registered with limited registration and does not hold qualifications which would entitle them to apply for provisional or full registration.

6. If I have been the subject of a Fitness to Practise complaint am I eligible to apply?

You will be disqualified from being appointed if you have been subject to any investigation or proceedings concerning your fitness to practise by any licensing body, including the GMC, and the final outcome was:

i. Your suspension from a register, which has not been terminated

ii. Your erasure from a register or a decision which has prevented you from practising

iii. Your registration was made conditional upon compliance with any requirement or undertaking and these requirements have not been lifted or that the Privy Council is satisfied that membership would be liable to undermine public confidence in the regulation of the medical profession.

7. What will the time commitment be for the appointments?

Council Members will need to commit up to three days per month.

8. How much travel is involved?

Travel from home to the GMC’s offices across the UK (London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast) for Council and other meetings or for training or other events is required. You will be eligible to claim the costs of travel and subsistence necessary to attend meetings when required for GMC business.

9. Is this a fixed term appointment?

The initial appointment will be for a period not exceeding four years. The term of office will be determined by the Privy Council on appointment. Council members may serve for a maximum period of eight years in any period of 20 years.

10. Is the role remunerated?

Council Members are entitled to remuneration of £18,000 per year, for a time commitment of up to three days per month. Remuneration covers attendance at Council and other GMC meetings, including preparation and travelling time.

11. Who will make the appointments decision?

A selection panel comprising: Dame Carrie MacEwen, GMC Chair, Professor Anthony Harnden, Aneka Popat, Steven Burnett, Cindy Butts and one additional member – TBC,  will be responsible for making recommendations for appointment. The decision for appointment is made by the Privy Council.

12. Do I need to use a computer?

Yes. The GMC conducts as much of its business as possible through electronic media. You should therefore expect to have access to and be able to use PC based software, email and the internet.