The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians based in the UK and with international reach, is a collaboration between the:

  • Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  • Royal College of Physicians of London

Collectively, the colleges represent more than 50,000 physicians worldwide. For physicians in the UK and globally, the colleges provide an invaluable professional network, opportunities to share best practice and ongoing educational opportunities.

The Federation’s purpose is to support the three colleges in delivering core shared services including:

  • the MRCP(UK) Diploma Examinations, the PACES practical examination and Specialty Certificate Examinations (SCEs)
  • the Joint Royal College of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) which is responsible for managing the Colleges’ role in the regulation of specialist training in the UK
  • the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Policy and Diary for Physicians

Current vacancies:

Lay Representatives - Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians UK

The Federation is seeking to appoint two representatives to JRCPTB:

X 1 Lay representative – Specialty Advisory Committee - Metabolic Medicine
X 1 Lay representative – International Management and Policy Board (IMaP)

    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.
    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 workplace based assessments, for 33 medical specialties and 2 subspecialties, as well as Internal Medicine Training (IMT);
    • Providing external advice to Deaneries on 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;
    • External stakeholder management through the work of Speciality Advisory Committees;
    • International Development activities.
    Lay representatives for JRCPTB 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.
    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 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.