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RCP seeks new deputy registrar

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) invites its subscribing members and fellows to apply for the role of deputy registrar.

RCP subscribing members and fellows are invited to apply to be its new deputy registrar. The role will focus on strengthening the number and diversity of UK and international fellows through engagement with regional and international networks. You will have operational oversight of the RCP fellowship process and support the registrar in ongoing development in this key area of work.

Who we are looking for

  • A consultant physician in clinical practice at time of appointment, including the supervision of doctors in training
  • You will have a demonstrable ability to provide leadership and create consensus.
  • You are a subscribing member or fellow of the RCP, in good standing (with your employer, GMC and RCP). We would particularly welcome applications from new consultants and SAS doctors, in either category of RCP membership
  • You will be committed to the mission, vision and values of the RCP
  • You are willing to work collaboratively across specialties and institutions
  • You are able to delegate effectively, ensuring appropriate skills and experience are deployed from a team to deliver strategic objectives
  • You are willing to build networks and relationships and are able to chair meetings
  • You are willing to work in a multidisciplinary environment with clinical and non-clinical colleagues.

Deputy registrar

With a collaborative approach, you’ll work closely with our membership engagement team and our regional advisers and regional managers, supporting elected and appointed regional representatives of the RCP to link together effectively across the country. You will also play an important role in the development and implementation of our membership engagement strategy, bringing innovation and enthusiasm.

You will work closely with the registrar and represent the RCP at committee meetings and events, and attend RCP Council, ensuring that you keep informed of issues relating to different specialties and the RCP’s relationships with the NHS.

You will provide leadership to work streams promoting the development of physicians at all career stages with increasing focus on supporting physician development outside of a traditional training path.

You will need to be able to manage competing priorities and respond positively to changing demands. The role will offer significant opportunity for personal and professional development and be partly based in the RCP’s offices in London or Liverpool. Some travel across the country to build networks and relationships with members and stakeholders will be necessary.

Application and deadline

The role is open to all subscribing members and RCP fellows in good standing, including SAS doctors. The deadline for applications is 9:00 am Monday 6 November 2023. Ideally shortlisted candidates will be available for online interview on 24 November 2023. Application is via a short CV and cover letter detailing how you would meet the expectations of the role.

Please send your application to alison.shore@rcp.ac.uk no later than 9:00 am Monday 6 November. Interested candidates are welcome to have an informal conversation with the registrar, the executive director for MSGE and the current post holder. Please contact registrar@rcp.ac.uk


  • Application deadline: 9:00 am Monday 6 November
  • Shortlisting: Week following application deadline
  • Interviews: 24 November (online)
  • Start date: 1 January 2024 but with informal handover immediately post interview
  • Tenure: Up to four years (initial 3-year term that can be extended by an additional year on mutual agreement of the post holder and the RCP).


  • Professor Cathryn Edwards, RCP registrar, Chair
  • Mr Matthew Foster, Executive director, membership support and global engagement
  • Dr Shruthi Konda, Linacre fellow
  • Dr Mumtaz Patel, Senior censor and vice president for education and training.

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, staff, 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. Welcoming into our community people who represent the 21st-century medical workforce and the diverse population of patients we serve is a priority for us.