Education and Standards Committee Chair

Posted on: Thursday 9 September 2021

Closing: Friday 1 October 2021 12:00

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Seeking a new Chairperson for the Education and Standards Committee

The Education and Standards Committee oversees the planning and implementation of FPM’s examinations, education and training programmes.

We are inviting applications from members of FPM to lead the Education and Standards Committee as chairperson for a three-year term of office commencing October 2021. FPM has ambitions to develop new educational and training programmes as well as build on its standard setting activity so it is an exciting time to be at the helm of supporting strategic change in FPM.

Committee terms of reference

  • To plan and implement examinations and diplomas including the definition of syllabi
  • To plan and facilitate education and training programmes in pharmaceutical medicine
  • To set the standards for and oversee FPM’s recognition and/or accreditation of other bodies’ educational courses and / or qualifications
  • To liaise with other committees, bodies and groups with relation to education in pharmaceutical medicine in the United Kingdom and internationally

The Chair of the ESC will work closely with FPM’s Head of Education.

This vacancy has expired.

Main Responsibilities of the Chair


  • To ensure that the committee’s Terms of Reference are implemented proactively and effectively
  • To attend and to chair meetings of the committee, to ensure that a programme of committee meetings is planned and agreed in advance and to ensure that an accurate written record of the proceedings of meetings is maintained
  • To provide written reports on committee activities as required
  • To actively contribute to the work of the committee in the areas described above
  • To participate in communications by email / telephone in between meetings as required
  • To identify individual committee members to undertake specific tasks or to be the lead member on specific topics
  • To act as spokesperson for the committee and / or FPM when required to do so
  • To attend and to participate in meetings of FPM’s Executive Committee and other meetings as required
  • To undertake other activities on behalf of the committee and FPM as agreed
  • To act in compliance with the FPM’s Governing Documents and Procedures
  • To follow the guidance set out in the FPM’s Committee Guidance Document
  • To act in compliance with the Faculty’s Policies including its Equal Opportunities Policy
  • To act in compliance with FPM’s values

FPM’s values

We areThis means
Professional Being accountable for our work and actions
Innovative Seeking solutions proactively
Caring Treating everyone with dignity
Collaborative Working positively with others
Credible Being honest and ethical in our work
Learned Investing in developing knowledge and skills

Committee Membership

The membership of the Education and Standards Committee will include its Chairperson, the Chairperson of the Board of Examiners, the Chairperson of the Human Pharmacology and Experimental Medicine Advisory Subcommittee, the Chairperson of the Human Pharmacology and Experimental Medicine Examination Group, the Director of Human Pharmacology and Experimental Medicine Programmes, the Chairperson of the Trainees Committee, the Director of CPD and approximately four other appointed members of FPM.


The method of appointment of the Chairperson will be open advertisement from the membership of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine. A person specification is provided below. Shortlisted applicants will normally be invited to meet an appointment panel which will be chaired by one of the current FPM Trustees.


Appointed chairs normally serve for a period of three years. This can be extended to a maximum of six years if re-appointed. Chairs may be asked to step down from the group if they are not able to attend meetings or contribute to the work of the group satisfactorily.

Time Commitment

It is anticipated that there will be a minimum of four half-day meetings of the committee (with the possibility of additional ad hoc meetings as required), up to three meetings of the Executive Committee (2 hours duration) and one Away Day each year. There will be additional time commitments involved in supporting the work of the committee and FPM in between meetings but it is difficult to be prescriptive about the extent of this.


Information relating to committee business must be kept confidential unless otherwise agreed by FPM.


FPM will reimburse travel and subsistence costs arising from reasonable attendance at FPM meetings and events under the terms of the FPM’s Expense Claim Policy.

Person specification

As part of your application, please provide details and examples of how you meet these criteria:


  • In good standing with the relevant medical registration body (e.g. GMC)
  • Current Fellow, Member, Associate or Affiliate of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine in good standing


  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Evidence of achievement and contributions to the specialty of Pharmaceutical Medicine
  • Currently undergoing revalidation

How to apply

Please send your CV with a covering note of approximately 500 words outlining your relevant experience and ideas for developing the work of the committee to

Deadline for applications: 12:00, 1 October 2021

FPM welcomes and actively seeks to recruit people to its activities regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation. FPM aspires to reflect the diversity of its members in all its committee, senior roles and staff in general.

If you have any questions about the role or application process, please email or contact Marcia Philbin at or +44 (0) 20 3696 9031.