Dean of the Royal Society of Medicine Job description

Hours: Part-time (16 hours a week)
Contract: Employment contract or secondment for two years
Start date: From end October 2022
Remuneration: Commensurate with relevant NHS scales
Reporting to: Chief Executive
Location: 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

Overall aim

The Royal Society of Medicine (the “Society”) is a charity whose mission is to share learning and support innovation across all areas of healthcare.  We are a leading provider of continuing learning for healthcare professionals.  In delivering our vision of “Better Healthcare for Better Lives” our focus is on the following four pillars:

  • Education: delivering multidisciplinary specialist and general education as well as professional development;
  • Learning Resources: providing excellent healthcare resources;
  • Convening: connecting those involved in and interested in healthcare; and
  • Innovation: leveraging expertise from across the Society to help and inspire innovators.

The key purpose of the role of Dean is to provide strategic leadership and support across all areas of our work and, in particular, to guide developments across our education programme.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Dean will work in collaboration with the Chair of the Academic Board, the Chair of the Education Committee, the Director of Learning and members of the Learning Department.  The Dean will also attend Council meetings of the Society and meetings of the Senior Management Team, as required.

This is a key time to be joining the Society.  With a new strategy in place and significant changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, we are embarking on exciting transformational projects.  The Dean will play a crucial role in influencing and supporting these new developments.

Specific responsibilities

  1. To provide leadership and support for the development of the RSM’s educational programme including facilitating multi-disciplinary, cross-specialty education both in person and online;
  2. Using professional relationships and networks, to convene meetings at the highest levels about health matters, including meetings on new, emerging and difficult issues;
  3. To support the Director of Learning in the development and integration of RSM’s digital and e-content across the RSM educational portfolio;
  4. To assist in the development of the RSM’s strategy to support innovation;
  5. To take responsibility for and deliver CPD accreditation for all relevant educational programmes ensuring a high standard capable of faring well under external scrutiny; and
  6. To monitor and develop, with the Director of Learning, measurement tools and KPIs demonstrating the impact of RSM’s educational programmes.

In addition, the postholder will support the President and Chief Executive in respect of their roles relating to education, and the Director of Engagement with educational input into marketing and fundraising.

The post holder will be required to undertake any other appropriate duties as required. This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of activities, but rather an outline of the main areas of responsibility. Any reasonable changes will be discussed and agreed with the post holder before any variations to the job description are made.

The RSM is an equal opportunities employer. Equal opportunities are provided to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, colour, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability or any other protected characteristics.

The RSM is also committed to the safeguarding and fair processing of information received from candidates applying for positions and fully complies with the spirit and regulations of the GDPR. For a full statement about the type of data that the RSM keeps about job applicants and the purposes for which it is kept, please read our fair processing notice for job applicants for more information. 

Personal specification

Essential criteria include:

  • Proven track record at a senior strategic level
  • MBBS or equivalent
  • Higher degree or body of peer reviewed publications
  • Relevant Membership/Fellowship of a Royal College or equivalent
  • Registered and in good standing with the GMC
  • Substantive consultant post or GP Principal or partner (current or past)
  • Evidence of effective working at strategic level in education or in clinical practice
  • Evidence of effective multi-disciplinary and/or multi-professional working
  • Involvement in organisational change or quality improvement in clinical practice
  • Knowledge and experience of effective approaches to learning and to continuous quality improvement
  • Knowledge of CPD and equivalent in health care professions other than medicine
  • Good communication skills, honesty and integrity and a pro-active approach

Desirable criteria include:

  • Educational qualifications and/or publications on educational topics
  • Knowledge of national guidance about CPD, e.g. from health regulators, professional bodies and other credible sources.

How to apply

To apply, please send a CV and covering letter to Joanna Rose at by 12 noon on Wednesday 24 August 2022.  Interviews will be held on Monday 19 September 2022.  For further information please contact Ms Joanna Rose at