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The General Medical Council (GMC) is an independent organisation that helps to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK.

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About the General Medical Council

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Dear Candidate

GMC Council Chair appointment

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chair for the General Medical Council. This is an important role at a crucial time for the profession, the public and the UK governments. Workforce issues and the unprecedented levels of pressure on doctors and other health professions, exacerbated again during the winter period, remain high on all political agendas. We have described these as being at a ‘crunch point’. The GMC has no part in workforce decisions but it does have a contribution to make to the debate – we are a patient safety organisation and must speak out when our analysis and evidence tells us that this is under threat.

At the start of this year we launched our Corporate strategy 2018-2020: an ambition for change. It maps out the future direction and aims for the next three years, gives a clear vision of the kind of organisation we aspire to be and helps us to make the right choices for the benefit of patients. The strategy emphasises a new focus on how we can support all doctors to be the best they can be. By helping them to deliver the very highest standards of care, we are keeping both patient and doctors safe.

But we cannot do this all on our own. We need to work hand-in-hand with our regulatory partners across the system, building and strengthening our collective endeavours. And we have to do this under increasing public and profession scrutiny whilst continuing to deliver operational excellence, developing and nurturing staff and managing change.

As you would expect, the candidate brief sets out many personal qualities we believe are important – and as an organisation we are committed to making sure that we treat everyone with courtesy, dignity and respect. The Chair will need to be able to uphold and demonstrate our values both as a leader within the organisation and to those we work with.

I have really enjoyed my time as chair. Of course there have been challenging times and difficult decisions. However, in my experience the GMC has had a very important role and for the medical profession, an independent regulator remains the best option in my view. The GMC is a very professional organisation with very talented staff and, had it been possible, I would have been very willing to serve a second term as chair. I can offer no greater recommendation to putative candidates.

We are at a critical point in our relations with both the profession and government. If we are to make a success of our strategy, there is a distance we need to travel. It has been my privilege to serve as Chair for the last four years and I will step down knowing that its commitment to patient safety is stronger than ever. I invite you to consider the contribution you could make to developing the next stage of our journey.

Yours sincerely

Professor Sir Terence Stephenson
Chair of Council