Recruitment for two new GMC Council members underway

The General Medical Council (GMC) is seeking to appoint two new members to its governing body, the GMC Council, starting from 1 January 2025.

The medical regulator is recruiting one lay (non-medical) and one registrant member. It is particularly keen to encourage applications from Wales, due to the current Welsh member’s term ending in December.

The successful candidates will join at a time of significant change, as new legislation comes into effect that will see the GMC become a multiprofessional regulator.

Dame Carrie MacEwen, Chair of the GMC, said:

‘We are looking for two new Council members who share our vision of delivering regulation in a compassionate and effective way. The new members must be able to provide challenge to decisions and keep patient safety at the forefront of their minds.

‘Joining the GMC’s Council at a time of major regulatory reform presents an opportunity to effect long-lasting positive change to the healthcare regulation in the UK.

‘They will also play a vital role in shaping the GMC’s strategic priorities, with particular emphasis on effective and compassionate regulation which supports those we regulate to deliver first-class patient care.’

The Council is currently made up of 12 members, six lay and six registrant, who set the GMC’s strategy and goals and oversee the work of the regulator, with a firm focus on its primary role of protecting the public. The registrant member vacancy will be open to doctors, physician associates (PAs) and anaesthesia associates (AAs) who must be registered with the GMC by 1 January 2025. Doctors wishing to apply for the registrant member vacancy must also have (or obtain) a licence to practise by 1 January 2025.

Council members need to commit to a minimum of three days a month and the remuneration is £18,000 per year.