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Bioethics/Medical Ethics post available

By lorrainep · January 4, 2023

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is seeking a non-clinical medical ethics expert, specifically relating to health and healthcare in the UK, to join the Committee on Ethical Issues in Medicine (CEIM) for a term of 4 years. Your expertise can be demonstrated through academic work or as a practicing ethicist or role/job experience. Applications close January 27th 2023. See specific criteria below.

The Committee on Ethical Issues in Medicine advises and reports to Council and is accountable to the Board of Trustees. Its areas of work include, responding to requests for advice on issues related to clinical practice or procedural matters and providing Council and/or trustees with detailed advice on the ethical aspects of RCP policy and strategy development.

Membership includes fellows, college officers and external members, including RCP’s Patient and Carer Network.  CEIM is chaired by Dr Alexis Paton, Director of the Centre for Health and Society at Aston University.

Issues discussed by the CEIM over the past few years have included:


reproductive technologies

resource allocation

professional roles

end-of-life concerns

AI in medicine

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please send a short CV and a cover letter demonstrating your expertise in medical ethics in the health and healthcare arena. This should be sent to the committee manager by January 27th 2023. Applications will then be considered by the RCP’s Nominations Committee.


Applicants for committee roles must:

Hold credentials in medical ethics (e.g. PhD, MA/MSc or post-graduate certificate in or relevant to medical ethics)

Show evidence of expertise in medical ethics through posts held and/or peer-reviewed publications

Have experience providing medical ethics advice in the medical/healthcare context

Possess a skillset relevant to the remit of the individual committee (at times this may include ongoing expertise related to the NHS in the United Kingdom)

The RCP positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

The RCP is all about our people – our members, our staff, our volunteers and leaders. We educate, influence and collaborate to improve health and healthcare for everyone and know we can only do this by being inclusive, encouraging and celebrating diverse perspectives. That’s why welcoming and having people who represent the 21st-century medical workforce and the diverse population of patients we serve is so important to us.