Faculty Council Representative

Accountable to:
The Faculty Executive Team .

Term of office:
Three years, with the option to stand for further terms. The role could be aligned to an existing Faculty Officer role, with associated term length, e.g., Faculty Chair.

Appointment Criteria:
Member or Fellow of RCGP Faculty, in good standing.

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:
To be the voice of the local Faculty members at Council level, representing the views and feedback from the Faculty on policy issues and acting as the proxy for the Faculty in national policy decision-making.

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 the Faculty Council Representative:

  • To act as an advocate and ambassador for consensus Faculty views, representing local opinions on key professional and policy issues at Council and reporting decisions back to Faculty Board members.
  • To play an active role in the democratic processes of Council by voting in all elections.
  • To represent the Faculty fully by attending all four annual meetings of Council and the RCGP Annual General Meeting. If unable to attend a Council meeting, appropriate deputy representation should be organised.
  • To share relevant Council documents and papers with members of the Faculty Board appropriately, mindful of data and organisational security and intellectual property.
  • To be familiar with Council papers in advance of Faculty Board meetings, liaise with RCGP policy teams as necessary, and facilitate open and proactive discussion amongst Faculty Board members.
  • To undertake appropriate induction and training provided for Council reps and follow relevant Council processes and regulations.

Skills required for the Faculty Council Rep 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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