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GMC launches recruitment campaign to find new chair

The GMC has started a recruitment campaign in a bid to find a successor to chair Professor Sir Terence Stephenson.

Professor Stephenson is serving a fixed four-year term in the post which is due to finish later this year.

Interested applicants, both lay and medical candidates, can apply for the role until 9 May, the GMC said.

The successful candidate will be recommended by a panel made up of two GMC council members and three independent members, and ultimately selected by the GMC's privy council.

The chair's role is to lead the GMC's council and head up council meetings. They should also 'act as an ambassador' for the GMC, and engage with ministers, medical profession leads and patient groups across the UK.

Professor Stephenson made headlines within the first month of taking on the role as GMC chair in 2015, when he suggested that doctors should expect GMC investigations and build up resilience to them similar to soldiers serving 'in Afghanistan'.

More recently, Professor Stephenson said he is ‘extremely sorry’ for the distress caused to the medical profession after the regulator went to High Court to strike off junior doctor Hadiza Bawa-Garba.

Professor Stephenson said the new chair will 'play a vital role in driving forward our new strategy, which shifts the emphasis of our work from acting when things have gone wrong to continued support for all doctors in the delivery of the highest standards of care'.

He added: ‘Serving as the GMC’s chair has been an enormous privilege and a great challenge for me. I am extremely proud of what we have achieved during my time as chair. But there is plenty more to do and the GMC is continually striving to improve.

‘There is no doubt that my successor will be joining the GMC at a critical point in time for the medical profession, in systems under pressure. We are looking for someone with high personal credibility, strong diplomatic skills and the ability to build and manage effective relationships.'

Professor Stephenson studied medicine at Oxford Medical School and still practices paediatric medicine and paediatric emergencies.

Readers' comments (15)

  • Council of Despair

    there is no point getting a new chair - you can go to IKEA to get one and it will probably to a better job than the ones we've had.

    you need credible leadership which is impossible as the GMC itself is deeply flawed

    this just one example - you can not both be an organisation that protects patients but supports doctors! you can only be one of those things as it's mutually exclusive.

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  • Disagree,C of D

    What we do is amazingly simple,take a history,examine,make a diagnosis and treat,not dissimilar to a mechanic or plumber or indeed thousands of professions

    Where it all went wrong was the arrival of leaders, academics ,committees and of course most bizarre of all the college.The college is the cancer at the heart of British medicine.

    Anyone who uses the phrase "bear in mind"should immediately be shot.We should only bear in mind the problem in hand,everything else such as public health promotion is someone else job.All models of the consultation which suggest digressing should be binned.Your plumber doesn't do a quick electrical survey.

    Time is the key factor,and here the GMC could easily support GP's.An emergency phone line to report Dr abuse like child line.With the clear message that any chief exec requiring a young paediatrician to see a ridiculous number of problems in a shift can expect the full weight of the GMC to fall on him.

    This is not rocket science,simply match the resources to the problems

    We all passed finals,so we can all do it

    But we couldn't consult fifty patients that afternoon,and we shouldn't be expected to now

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  • Cobblers

    I would be much more interested in the title;

    Chair launches recruitment campaign to find new GMC.

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  • So lay people can apply too. Yes another person with no experience of anything relevant but a big ego and friends in high places

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  • Merge GMC and CQC.

    Steve Field can sit at the top of that pile.

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  • unfortunately the GMC interprets "protect patients" as "protect patients opinion"

    doesnt matter if it's right or wrong, if patients say jump, GMC will say "how high" when they should be asking "why the hell do you want me to jump? is it because the doctor declined giving you antibiotics for your runny nose?"

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  • To be fair to this Stephenson he has altered the tone of edicts being emitted. Gone is the extremely arrogant high handedness. But he started poorly with his ridiculously unsympathetic insistence that it was all doctor's faults because we weren't resilient enough. So it's hard not to think that he has been forced to bend with the storm of criticism.
    The GMC needs root and branch reorganisation and it needs to deeply atone to the profession for its previous malignant witch-finding.

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  • New chair?

    Do any others here remember the cover pic on the single "Holiday in Cambodia" by the Dead Kennedys? That is the kind of chair the top tiers of the GMC need.

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  • Yes IGDAF I bought that single circa 1980 on a warm summery day along with U2's'Fire'at the local record shop in Hull.
    Aaah, those were the days.
    If only I knew then what I know now....

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  • I seem to remember that The Dead Kennedys had other song titles of medical interest. I believe there was one warning of a potential disadvantage of excess alcohol intake.

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