Job: Senior Decision Maker: Fitness to practise, General Medical Council

14 February 2019
Salary £70,715 – £76,365 (pro-rata)
Closes 06 Mar 2019

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.

Job: Fee-paid Medical Members of the First-tier Tribunal, Health, Education and Social Care Chamber (Mental Health) and Fee-paid Medical Members of the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales

29 September 2017

An exercise is expected to launch autumn/winter 2017 to identify 50 Fee-paid Medical Members of the First-tier Tribunal, Health Education and Social Care Chamber (HESC) and 10 for the Mental Health Review Tribunal for Wales (MHRT Wales).

HESC and MHRT Wales are responsible for deciding upon the necessity for the continued compulsory detention of mentally disordered patients in hospital or the continuation of a conditional discharge, guardianship, or a community treatment order.

The powers of the Tribunal are significant, with a responsibility to balance the liberty of the subject with potentially serious risk to the patient, their families and the public.

By statute, to be eligible for appointment as a Fee-paid Medical Member you must be a registered medical practitioner. “Registered medical practitioner” means a fully registered person within the meaning of the Medical Act 1983 whether or not you hold a licence to practise under the Act. Registration must be with the General Medical Council (GMC) in the UK.

Additional selection criteria may be applied; check the JAC website regularly for updates. You can also sign up for alerts to receive email notifications concerning the progress of the exercise up to launch.

PhD: ‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Finance and Medicine’ at the University of Sheffield – Philosophy

19 January 2017

‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Finance and Medicine’ is a collaborative research project in applied epistemology and ethics between the University of Gröningen, the University of Sheffield and CUNY Graduate Center, sponsored by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) led by Profs Boudewijn de Bruin (Gröningen) and Miranda Fricker (CUNY Graduate Center/Sheffield).

This PhD studentship commences on 1 September 2017. The successful candidate will spend three years pursuing research for the Sheffield PhD in Philosophy, and they will be expected to visit Gröningen during their second year. They may also visit CUNY Graduate Center in New York, though there is not at present any extra funding for those purposes. After completion of the Sheffield PhD at the end of Year Three, they will spend Year Four in Gröningen pursuing research leading to a second PhD in Philosophy or in Economics from the University of Gröningen.

Supervision will be shared between Profs de Bruin and Fricker, with further supervisory support given by colleagues at Sheffield. Details of the overall project available on request from mfricker [at]


The studentship is open to students of any nationality. Normally, candidates should have completed a minimum of two years’ full-time undergraduate study in Philosophy, and have gained a good 2.1 BA Honours Degree (67%) or equivalent (US GPA 3.6). Candidates should have completed a Master’s course (or equivalent) in Philosophy, with a substantial research component, achieving a grade equivalent to 67%. It is desirable that candidates also have some knowledge of Finance or Medicine.

Please see for English Language requirements.

Application Process

Candidates should submit an application for the Sheffield PhD via

using the heading ‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice studentship’.

Applying for a studentship in this project does not preclude applicants from applying for other sources of funding for their PhD.

In their online research proposal (900-1000 words), candidates should make clear how their background and interests make them a suitable candidate for the Towards Professional Epistemic Justice project, and explain the specific lines of enquiry they would wish to pursue within the framework of the project and the branch of it (epistemic justice and finance/ medicine) in which they wish to situate their thesis. Candidates may propose any project they see as broadly fitting these themes. Topics covered might include the structure of virtue and/or vice, virtues of epistemic justice, individual and collective or institutional virtues and vices, procedural remedies for biased outcomes, overcoming implicit bias, self-trust, self-fulfilling testimonial injustice, recognition theory, broader issues of justice and injustice in medicine and/or finance etc.

Candidates must also send an email message to Professor Fricker, mfricker [at] notifying her that an application has been submitted and giving her the application number using ‘Towards Professional Epistemic Justice studentship’ in the subject line.

Interviews (probably by Skype or FaceTime) will be held in March 2017.

For further information, please contact Prof Miranda Fricker (mfricker [at] and/or Prof Boudewijn de Bruin ( [at]

Funding Details

The studentship is funded from 1/9/2107 to 31/7/2021 directly by the University of Gröningen. It pays €28,498 (Year 1), €33,201 (Year 2), €34,778 (Year 3) and €31,245 (Year 4 until 31/7/2021) and are subject to Dutch tax law. These funds are to pay course fees at Sheffield and to provide maintenance.

Location of PhD

University of Sheffield (3 years)

University of Groningen (1 year)

Job: Postgraduate Research Assistant at the Centre for Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation

11 June 2015

Postgraduate Research Assistant – CASMI

University of Oxford – Investigative Medicine, RDM, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

‘Are you interested in improving the translation of medical technologies? Do you want to get involved in academic and policy work which could help save our NHS and revolutionise our medicines development system?

We are currently looking to recruit a Postgraduate Research Assistant to support research at the Centre for the Advancement of Sustainable Medical Innovation (CASMI). The ideal candidate will lead on our Diabetes Innovation Adoption project as well as contributing to other CASMI work.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be the main contributor to this and other research projects at CASMI, supported by our academic fellows and the rest of the CASMI team. You will also contribute to policy projects and events and will have the opportunity to present our work at seminars, poster presentations and as academic and policy papers

It is essential that you have a degree in an appropriate discipline: law, ethics, economics, social sciences, natural sciences or medical sciences. You will also have the ability to write academic papers; experience of qualitative research methods and/or an interest in learning qualitative academic methods; and experience of following and adapting methodologies; as well as good teamwork and independent research.

The position is full-time, and a fixed-term for up to 1 year in the first instance.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 17 June 2015 will be considered. Interviews for this post will be held on 2 July 2015.’

Conference: 6th Philosophy of Medicine Roundtable: Understanding Disease and Illness

25 November 2014

August 10th and 11th, 2015, University of Bristol

Keynote speakers: Rachel Cooper (Lancaster) and Trish Greenhalgh (Oxford).

This two-day conference continues a series of philosophy of medicine meetings at University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2005 and 2008, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, in 2009, the University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, 2011 and Columbia University, New York, in 2013.

Call for abstracts: We welcome papers in any area of philosophy of medicine, such as epistemology of medicine and ontological issues in medicine (but not medical ethics), from a variety of philosophical approaches. To submit an abstract, please email a 500-word abstract to both local organisers, Alexander Bird ( and Havi Carel ( February 1st 2015.

We will endeavour to enable access to all. Please let the conference administrator, Ms Jess Farr-Cox ( know if you have any access requirements.

Scientific committee: Rachel Ankeny, Alexander Bird, Alex Broadbent, Havi Carel, Fred Gifford, Harold Kincaid, Miriam Solomon, Julian Reiss, Jeremy Simon, David Teira.

This roundtable is supported by the Wellcome Trust, as part of the Life of Breath project.

Job: House of Commons Senior Library Clerk (Medical)

3 January 2013

‘Salary: £46,071 pro rata plus excellent benefits

Salary Band: A2

Contract Type: 2 years fixed term – Part-time 17 hours p/week

The House of Commons Library’s research and information service provides a specialist impartial information and briefing service for MPs, their staff, committees and staff of the House. There are eight subject teams, each comprising of subject specialist researchers and a resource team.

Focussing on subjects in the Science and Environment section, specifically medical and health topics, the post holder will prepare accurate, impartial, clear and fit-for-purpose responses, orally and in writing, to requests for information and analysis from Members of Parliament and their staff, providing briefings and talks on legislation and topical issues in response to, or in anticipation of, Members’ needs.

The post holder will have:

  • Experience of working in medicine (or a closely related field) and building strong working relationships with key external specialists
  • Experience of writing clear and accurate text, which may be of a complex nature, to tight deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with experience of presenting views clearly and authoritatively
  • Excellent organisational skills with the ability to identify and adapt to changing priorities, whilst working under pressure to achieve individual and departmental objectives

Candidates must have a first or upper second class degree, or a postgraduate degree (ideally, in the field of medicine or a closely related subject).


  • annual leave starting at 28 days pro rata
  • interest-free season ticket loan
  • child care voucher scheme
  • discounted membership of the in-house gym

Apply online, or to request an application pack in the post, please write to:

Campaign Management
Hays Public Services
Ebury Gate
23 Lower Belgrave Street
London SW1W ONT

Or email: Houseofcommons [at]

If you have any technical queries or questions please call: 020 7259 8744

Closing date: 23 January 2013

Reference Number: D10047′


Radio: Unmasking Medicine: Ian Kennedy’s Reith Lectures 1980

15 July 2011

As part of the Reith Lectures Archive, BBC Radio 4 has made available for free download the six Reith Lectures given by the founder of the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics, Professor Sir Ian Kennedy entitled Unmasking Medicine. From the iTunes Store, simply search for ‘Reith Kennedy’ (the episodes are free to download), or you can download them from the BBC website by right-clicking on the links below:

RLA: 1980 1. The Rhetoric of Medicine

Wed, 5 Nov 80

29 mins

British academic lawyer, Professor Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his first Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He explores the concepts of modern medicine.

RLA: 1980 2. The New Magicians

Wed, 12 Nov 80

29 mins

Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his second Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He compiles a list of the inappropriate directions that modern medicine has taken and explains why he believes modern medicine has taken the wrong path.

RLA: 1980 3. Suffer the Little Children

Wed, 19 Nov 80

30 mins

Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his third Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He explores how to make the National Health Service more efficient and gives his own conceptual blueprint of how he believes it should work.

RLA: 1980 4. If I Were You, Mrs B

Wed, 26 Nov 80

30 mins

Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his fourth Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He debates whether doctors are trained enough to make the right judgements on moral and ethical decisions.

RLA: 1980 5. The Doors of Mental Illness

Wed, 3 Dec 80

30 mins

Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his fifth Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He explores the concepts of mental illness and demonstrates the shaky ground that it rests on.

RLA: 1980 6. Let’s Kill All the Lawyers

Wed, 10 Dec 80

30 mins

Sir Ian Kennedy delivers his final Reith Lecture from his series entitled ‘Unmasking Medicine’. He explains how consumerism sets standards, measures performances and provides sanctions for the medical profession.”

Radio: NHS trusts ‘not complying with safety alerts’

16 February 2010

BBC Radio 4, File on Four, Tuesday 16 February, 8-8.40pm, repeated 5-5.40pm, Sunday 21 February 2010, available after broadcast via the iPlayer or as a podcast.

From the BBC website: “Three-quarters of NHS trusts are endangering patients by not complying with safety alerts meant to stop fatal errors recurring, a charity says. Action Against Medical Accidents found that some 300 trusts had not complied with at least one patient safety alert despite the deadline passing. AvMA’s Chief Executive Peter Walsh said: “Lives are being put at risk.” The Department of Health said it expected all trusts to comply with the alerts and to “record and action them”. It added: “The department will shortly be issuing all NHS organisations a formal reminder of their obligations to do this.”

Under the patient safety alert system, the National Patient Safety Agency can issue guidance to NHS organisations to tighten procedures by a set time. But AvMA said that robust compliance systems were lacking in many hospitals in England. Figures obtained by the charity via freedom of information requests revealed that 200 trusts had not complied with an alert dating back five years.”

News: stem cell development

2 March 2009

You can listen to the item on pluripotent adult stem cell research from this morning’s Today programme until 9th March.

Lecture: Medicine and the Arts

29 January 2009

The speaker of the fourth talk in the Creative King’s series (6pm Tuesday 3 February, Room 6.29, Strand Campus) is Professor Brian Hurwitz, inner London general medical practitioner and D’Oyly Carte Chair of Medicine and the Arts based in the Department of English.

Professor Hurwitz convenes and teaches on the UK’s first masters programme in Literature and Medicine. At this Creative King’s event, he will be discussing his experiences of interdisciplinary work in medicine and the arts, and questioning the term ‘creativity’. His talk will be moderated by Professor Simon Wessely of the Institute of Psychiatry.

All staff and students at King’s are invited to take part in Creative King’s, a cross-disciplinary discussion series on creativity and its place in academic life at the College. After each talk discussion is opened to the audience. All events are followed at 7pm by a wine reception in the Old Anatomy Theatre.