Chair, Ethics & Practice Committee

Posted on: Friday 7 August 2020

Closing: Monday 31 August 2020 17:00

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Committee vacancy

Committee Terms of Reference

  • To set and promote the highest professional and ethical standards for pharmaceutical physicians
  • To support the professional welfare of FPM members
  • To recognise outstanding achievement in the field of pharmaceutical medicine
  • To establish FPM position statements on ethical issues in pharmaceutical medicine
  • To comment on external consultations on medical ethics and practice
  • To establish and maintain appropriate links outside the FPM for exchange of information and communication of FPM statements and policy on ethical issues in pharmaceutical medicine



  • The membership of the Ethics and Practice Committee will include its chairperson, two lay members and approximately nine FPM members (twelve members)
  • Appointments to the chairperson role, and the appointed members will be in accordance with the regulations for committee appointments.



  • The Ethics and Professional Practice Committee will normally convene approximately four times each year, 2 x in person and 2 x by videoconference. At other times work can be undertaken within smaller sub-groups.


Governance of the committee and general responsibilities

Responsibilities of Ethics and Practice Committee Chair

  • To ensure that the committee’s Terms of Reference are implemented proactively and effectively
  • To lead and coordinate the activities of the committee
  • 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 additional written reports on committee activities as required
  • To attend meetings of the Senior Leadership and Coordination Committees and to communicate effectively with the Board, President, CEO and other FPM staff to ensure the work of the committee complements the rest of FPM’s activities
  • 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 be aware of current issues that might affect the committee/wider FPM
  • To be the arbiter in discussions and to balance the views of the committee in reaching a position


General responsibilities of all committee members

  • To attend committee meetings
  • To actively contribute to the work of the committee in the areas described above
  • To participate promptly in communications by email / telephone in between meetings as required
  • To undertake other activities on behalf of the committee and FPM as agreed
  • To act in compliance with FPM’s Governing Documents and Procedures
  • To follow the guidance set out in FPM’s Committee Guidance Document
  • To act in compliance with FPM ‘s Policies including its Equal Opportunities Policy
  • To bring impartiality and objectivity to meetings and decision-making


Person specification

Essential Desirable
Professional · Holds a Medical Qualification recognised by the GMC
· In good standing with the relevant medical registration body (e.g. GMC)
· Current Fellow, Member, Associate or Affiliate of FPM in good standing
· Evidence of continuing professional development
· Evidence of achievement and contributions to the specialty of Pharmaceutical Medicine
· Currently undergoing revalidation
Attitudes · Ability to work effectively within a team
· Evidence of commitment to the specialty of pharmaceutical medicine
· Evidence of the use of initiative
· Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to fulfil the requirements of the role
· Successful membership of a committee demonstrating positive contribution
Specific Expertise · An understanding of and an interest in developing the ethical and standard setting activities of FPM · Evidence of achievement in an activity / activities relevant to the work of the committee



Appointed members normally serve for a period of 3 years. This can be extended to a maximum of 6 years if re-appointed. Members may be asked to step down from the committee if they are not able to attend meetings or contribute to the work of the committee satisfactorily.



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 FPM’s Expense Claim Policy.


How to apply

Please send your CV (please put ‘Appointments – Ethics and Practice Chair’ in the subject line), 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: 31 August 2020

The candidate will be selected by interview.

Interviews will take place on Monday 7 September 2020.

This vacancy has expired.