Who we are

Medical Director of JRCPTB - Professor David BlackProfessor David Black

Professor David Black took up the role of medical director of JRCPTB on 1st August 2014 for an initial period of three years.

Professor Black graduated from the University of Cambridge and has been a consultant physician in geriatric medicine since 1987. He was appointed from 2004 -2014 as Dean Director of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Deanery and was national Lead Dean for Medical Oncology, Clinical Oncology, Allergy, Stroke and Geriatric Medicine.  He was awarded an honorary professorship in the Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2005.

As a medical manager and educationalist, he has been interested in induction, mentoring, and the day-to-day application of Clinical Governance.  In 2002 he was elected as a Director of the British Association of Medical Managers (BAMM) and elected Chair of the Board 2007-9.  He was appointed as an associate member to the ‘Fitness to Practice' directorate of the General Medical Council from 2001-2005.  In  2010-13 he was appointed assessor to Robert Francis QC for the Mid-Staffordshire Inquiry.

From 2011-2014, he was the elected Senior Censor and Vice-President for education and training for the Royal College of Physicians, London and was previously an elected Councillor and Trustee.  He has been a MRCP examiner since 1999.  In 2011-14, he chaired and ran the national pilot for trainee revalidation, then led the subsequent implementation of the full programme.

Professor Black's main responsibilities and priorities as JRCPTB medical director are to oversee its role in the management of core, general and medical specialty training and recruitment, provide clinical leadership on policy and healthcare reform by driving and supporting changes through its engagement with stakeholder groups on matters impacting on training, including quality, curricula, assessment, and standard setting.

Deputy Medical Director of JRCPTB - Dr Alastair MillerDr Alastair Miller

Dr Alastair Miller was a Consultant Physician in the Tropical & Infectious Disease Unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and an Honorary Fellow at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine from 2005 until May 2014. He remains an Honorary Senior Lecturer at The Institute of Infection and Global Health at Liverpool University. Prior to Liverpool he was a Consultant in the West Midlands and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Infectious Disease at Birmingham University. His main clinical interests were blood borne viruses, bone and joint infection and chronic fatigue syndrome/ME. Since retiring from Liverpool he has now taken up a post as acute care physician in Carlisle for 1 day a week.

Alastair trained in medicine at St John’s College Cambridge and Westminster Hospital and in infectious disease in the Royal Navy, Birmingham and London. He worked with the Royal Marines in Kurdistan after the first Gulf War and was a consultant and Professor of Medicine in the Royal Navy.

Alastair also has a particular interest in Medical Education. He chaired the Specialist Advisory Committee on Infectious Disease and Tropical Medicine for 6 years. He is on the Faculty of the Doctors as Educators programme and external examiner for the Leadership and Management programme at Edge Hill University. He has been an MRCP clinical examiner for over 10 years and has also been an examiner for the theory paper and for the DTM&H. He has been Deputy Medical Director of JRCPTB since August 2013.

His outside interests are sailing and mountaineering.

Clinical lead for quality management - Dr Mumtaz Patel

Dr Mumtaz Patel has joined JRCPTB at the new Clinical Lead for Quality Management, which will enable her to offer strategic clinical direction to our quality management work.  Dr Patel is a renal physician in Manchester, and is currently Associate Postgraduate Dean for Health Education England North West.

As well as having a strong academic clinical background, Dr Patel holds an MSc in Medical Education. She is passionately committed to improving training and education for doctors in training, and has developed nationally-shared models for best practice in a range of associated areas.

Trainees Committees of the three Royal Colleges of Physicians

Royal College of Physicians of London - There is an active trainees committee based at the London College.  More information can be found on the main London College website:

RCP London trainees committee

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh - The Collegiate Members Committee - More information on how to join can be found on the main Edinburgh College website:

RCP Edinburgh trainees and members committee

Training information is available here.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow - Trainees Committee. For more information please visit the RCPSG website:

RCPSG committees

Role of the College Tutor

Tutors are local representatives of the each of the three of Royal Colleges of Physicians. Their role is to ensure that adequate postgraduate education is in place and that the standard of education and training is both maintained and protected. They provide career guidance and practical support for junior medical staff and act as a safety valve should a trainee feel unable to talk to his or her supervising consultant.

College Tutors are notified of the many conferences and teach-ins which the Colleges organise and receive publications and information on training. They are therefore well placed to bring these to the attention of trainees and other colleagues. They are also able to feedback local issues to the College and should maintain regular contact with their Regional Adviser and Associate Tutor.

Please contact RCPtutors@rcplondon.ac.uk notify of future college tutor appointments in England and Wales.

Role of the Associate College Tutor

Associate Tutors are doctors in training who represent the interests of doctors who are training for a career as a physician. They act as a link between trainees, the College Tutor and the Colleges and are based nationally within Trusts and Regional Boards.

The issues with which the Associate Tutor is concerned are those relating to General Professional Training, postgraduate education and the maintenance of clinical standards. They are requested to hold regular meetings with trainees and quarterly meetings with their College Tutors, in addition to introducing themselves at trainee induction sessions.

Because an Associate Tutor has direct access to the College Tutor and to the College itself, he or she will be aware of College activities and can obtain career advice directly for himself/herself or for others. S/he can also give feedback to the College about educational issues and an annual seminar is held at the College to facilitate this. Associate Tutors also provide assistance to the College Tutor with local postgraduate medical educational activities.

Please contact RCPtutors@rcplondon.ac.uk notify of future college tutor appointments in England and Wales.