The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) regional advisers (RAs) are fellows who are selected to serve their region in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The RCP regards RAs to be essential in advising on a range of training, teaching and service activities that are pertinent to the work of physicians.
We currently have vacancies for regional advisers in North Wales, Severn, Wessex and Yorkshire regions. Consultants and SAS doctors who are existing fellows of the college are encouraged to apply.
Regional advisers (RAs) are a crucial part of the RCP structure. They are the link between physicians in the regions, the RCP Council and senior officers. During the COVID-19 pandemic this vital leadership role has been invaluable in providing local intelligence to help inform and support the work of the RCP in our role to nurture and sustain physicians, as well as contributing to the wider response to this crisis.
This role requires engagement with local physicians and carrying out specific duties that maintain the quality of local services and encourage a vibrant network of physicians. This involves supporting college tutors, approving consultant job descriptions, reviewing fellowship nominations and working with the regional team to create a programme of events.
The role is unpaid, provides a key professional contribution that assists the RCP in improving the quality of patient care in the NHS. RAs are supported by the RCP network of regional offices and managers and work closely with RCP trainee, new consultant and SAS doctor regional representatives.
I felt privileged to be working as a regional adviser during the COVID-19 pandemic as it brought to light the issues surrounding doctors’ wellbeing, training and the enormous pressures on our medical workforce, and what everyone is doing to manage this.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I put myself forward to be a regional adviser?
If there is a vacancy in your region and you would like to stand for the role, you must be a practising clinician within the region and a fellow of the RCP.
If you would like to stand for the role, please email your regional office with the following documents by midnight on Wednesday 31 August 2022.
- Completed application form to apply for RCP regional adviser vacancy
- Copy of your latest CV (optional) maximum 2 pages
The application form asks for your details including full name, job title and hospital as well as short statements relating to your suitability for the role. You will aslo require the names of two RCP fellows from within the region who support your nomination.
Which regions have vacancies?
We currently have a vacancies in North Wales, Severn, Wessex and Yorkshire regions and will be contacting fellows in that region during July & August 2022 to invite nominations.