Chair of Faculty Board

Accountable to:
Chair of Council

Term of office:
Three years

Appointment Criteria:
A member or Fellow of the local RCGP Faculty in good standing by self-nomination or nomination by Board member(s)

Election Arrangements:
By appointment (if one candidate) or election by local ballot of a quorate Faculty Board (if more than one candidate). Annual confirmation of appointment at Faculty`s AGM.

Overall Purpose:
As lead Faculty Officer, to uphold the aims, objectives and values of the Faculty and RCGP acting, with the Faculty executive, in its best interests to enhance its reputation as a respected professional and academic body for GPs locally.

Responsibilities of all Faculty Officers and Faculty Board members:

  • To uphold the aims, objectives and values of RCGP, acting in its best interests and enhancing its reputation as a respected professional and academic body for GPs.
  • To represent the interests of members and fellows within the Faculty attending all meetings of the Faculty Board. Non-attendance of >2 Faculty board meetings in any one year, should trigger a faculty review on the capacity of the person to fulfil its role as Faculty Board member.
  • To contribute proactively to the Faculty’s annual strategic planning and proposed activity delivery through the Faculty Honorary Treasurer and Faculty Executive Team, supported and guided by the Faculty support team.
  • To abide by relevant codes of conduct, the declaration of interests policy and other RCGP protocols, including health and safety, safeguarding, equality and diversity, information security and GDPR. According to the RCGP`s declaration of interests policy, all faculty members are encouraged to declare their interests publicly at Who pays this doctor.

Main Responsibilities of Faculty Chair:

1. General

  • To lead the Faculty Executive Committee that may include the Vice Chair, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Secretary, Provost and UK and/or Scottish/Welsh Council representative.
  • To provide professional, academic and strategic overview and leadership of the Faculty and to contribute to regional and/or national engagement with members and wider Faculty collaboration.

2. Professional

  • To support and disseminate actively agreed RCGP views on the
  • professional issues of the day, through the Faculty.
  • To maintain appropriate contact with other professional/ academic institutions and Primary Care and wider stakeholders.
  • With the Faculty Executive Committee, designate Faculty Awards and accolades.

3. Policy

  • To ensure clear local engagement and feedback on direction for national policies, aligning Faculty policy with nationally agreed priorities.
  • To represent RCGP and be an active advocate to and for all members Locally and act as an Ambassador as required by RCGP
  • To ensure the Faculty has contributed appropriate local representation of member views to RCGP policy-making meetings and discussions.
  • To ensure appropriate relations are maintained with local health bodies in the countries and regions of the UK, with other local and regional GP/Primary Care organisations, institutions and stakeholders.
  • Ensure RCGP is notified of any local intent to engage in political activity and that RCGP involvement remains strictly neutral in line with Charity Commission guidelines.

4. Governance

  • To oversee and agree the Faculty’s strategic priorities, working with the Faculty Honorary Treasurer and RCGP support team to agree annual objectives activity and budgets, within RCGP parameters.
  • To work actively towards maximum engagement with local members and other Faculties in furthering RCGP aims.
  • In conjunction with the Faculty Honorary Secretary and RCGP support team, to approve all items for Faculty Board agendas and for other meetings which they chair at least two weeks in advance.
  • To chair all Faculty Board and Executive meetings (if relevant) effectively to ensure appropriate time is spent on current items and issues.
  • With the Faculty Provost, to lead and develop the Faculty Board team.
  • To provide advice and support to the Executive, to the Board and liaising with other Officers and RCGP support team to make executive decisions in between Board meetings.
  • To ensure that all necessary follow-up action is taken on the resolutions agreed by the Board at its meetings.

Skills required for the Faculty Chair role:

RCGP is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all members with the following attributes:

  • Demonstrate understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion and be willing to embed it proactively.
  • To contribute proactively to the Faculty’s annual strategic planning and proposed activity delivery
  • Be able to maintain objectivity in advising the RCGP faculty, RCGP members and peers
  • Willing to collaborate and engage others within the RCGP Faculty and nationally across the Faculty and RCGP network
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a desire to contribute to positive changes within the RCGP Faculty
  • Reliable and willing to commit time to attend local and national meetings

To register your interest, please fill out the expression of interest form, and a member of the RCGP faculties team will get back to you.


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