Home based (requirements to travel to Manchester Head Office)
The General Medical Council (GMC) sets the standards for medical students and doctors across the UK. We support them to achieve and exceed those standards, with the aim of improving medical education and practice. We protect patients by taking appropriate action when these standards aren’t met.
Offering an excellent salary and benefits, this unique part-time role is an opportunity to join a diverse team of medical and lay case examiners. As a senior member of the fitness to practise team, your main responsibility will be to agree the outcome of an investigation with a lay colleague. In reaching a decision, you will use your medical knowledge and experience, communication, listening and analytical skills. The role will provide a valuable insight into work of the GMC, and the fairness of the investigation process. The experience of working in this role will provide a rich source of material for your personal development and appraisal.
You will be on the GP or specialist register in a general medical speciality, will hold a licence to practise and will maintain clinical commitments outside the GMC.
Previous experience of medico legal or tribunal work may be an advantage but is not essential, as comprehensive training and support will be provided.
The role is home based, but you will need to attend team and other occasional meetings in the Manchester or London offices. The initial training period will involve regular attendance at a GMC office, predominantly in Manchester.
“New guidance on doctors’ obligations to maintain patient confidentiality is launched today. Confidentiality (2009) sets out the principles of confidentiality and respect for patients’ privacy that doctors are expected to understand and follow.
The new guidance comes into effect on 12 October 2009 when it will replace Confidentiality: Protecting and providing information (2004) and the accompanying Frequently Asked Questions.”
The General Medical Council is consulting on draft guidance entitled End of life treatment and care: Good practice in decision-making. The consultation closes on 13 July 2009. You can listen to the talks given at a consultative conference and an interview with the Chair of the GMC’s End of Life Care Working Group, Lady Christine Eames. When approved, the new guidance will replace the 2002 guidance entitled Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Prolonging Treatments, which was challenged (albeit eventually unsuccessfully) in the Lesley Burke case.
The General Medical Council has launched a consultation on new draft guidance, End of life treatment and care: Good practice in decision-making. The consultation runs until 13 July 2009, and is open to anyone with an interest in the issues covered by the guidance.