The Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians are seeking to appoint a new Ethicist, as a member of the MRCP(UK) Scenario Editorial Committee.

The successful applicant will be responsible to the Chair of the MRCP(UK) Scenario Editorial Committee and will: contribute to achieving academic objectives by advising the Chair on ethical matters relating to the use of scenarios, simulated patients and the assessment of ethical principles and practice including providing input to develop the information for examiners in terms of ethical content in the MRCP(UK) Part 2 Clinical Examination; take an independent overview on the general proceedings and bring an external, non-clinical viewpoint to quality assurance and the development of the policies and processes of MRCP(UK) examinations; support the officers of MRCP(UK) in their administration and delivery of the examinations, and meeting of the requirements set by the regulatory body, the General Medical Council and support the MRCP(UK) Central Office and the College Examination Departments on the delivery of the examinations, including reviewing documents and providing specific advice on ethics.

A full list of the post’s responsibilities is set out in: The Responsibilities and Duties of the Communications Advisor as a member of the MRCP(UK) Scenario Editorial Committee, which can be found on the MRCPUK Website.

Desirable skills and experience include:

  • Experience in an Ethical Advisory role or academic role focused on Ethics
  • Experience of participating in board or committee meetings
  • Understanding of organisational governance
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Good independent judgement
  • Ability to digest and analyse papers and some statistical data

This is a non-salaried position though all reasonable expenses and travel costs will be met by MRCP(UK) Central Office in line with the Federation expenses policy. The tenure of appointment is five years, subject to regular attendance at full day meetings held three times per year in London, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Applications for the post should be submitted to Rachel Stephenson ( by Monday 30 July. This should include a current CV, including relevant experience and interests, with specific emphasis on knowledge of ethical principles and practice.

All applications will be considered by the MRCP(UK) Scenario Editorial Committee Chair in liaison with the Associate Medical Director for Clinical Examinations.

Successful applicants will be strongly encouraged to attend one appropriately located MRCP(UK) PACES examination and the meeting on Friday 8 February 2019 at the Royal College of Physicians, London to observe. They would then formally take up their position on Friday 14 June 2019 at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Application Closing Date: 
Monday, 30 July, 2018

This vacancy is now closed.