Appointments to the Committees of the Medical Council - Expressions of interest sought

The Medical Council has launched a campaign to fill vacancies on several of the Committees which help the Council carry out its statutory functions.

The Council’s remit, which is to protect the public by promoting the highest professional standards among doctors practising in the Republic of Ireland, is supported by a governance structure. This structure is supported by several Committees, each of which focus on a particular strand of the Council’s work.

Further information is available by clicking the booklet below. 

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Committees

To support the Council in delivering its significant role and remit, Council have put in place a governance structure, supported by committees, focusing on particular strands of the Council’s work. The Council benefits from the assistance and experience of many external Committee members, who assist the Council in delivering its significant workload. Committee meetings are convened as required, usually monthly, with majority of meetings convened during working hours. There are also several further Working Groups which report to and assist the Committees. The current Committee structure as devised by the Medical Council are set out below, in no particular order:

  • Strategy and Governance Committee (supports the Council in their responsibilities for matters of strategy and corporate governance)
  • Audit, Finance and Risk Committee (supports the Council in their responsibilities for issues of risk and control by reviewing the comprehensiveness of assurances in meeting the Council’s and Accounting Officer’s assurance needs and reviewing the reliability and integrity of these assurances; to ensure compliance with best practice in policies, processes and controls across the organisation and to review and make recommendations on the budget and expenditure of the organization)
  • Fitness to Practise Committee (charged with conducting oral inquiries into doctors’ fitness to practice, determining in the region of 40 matters per year, with up to 100 hearings days per year)
  • Preliminary Proceedings Committee (is charged with investigating and determining in the region of 400 complaints per year against medical practitioners)
  • Education and Training Committee (oversees accreditation of education and training programmes and inspection of hospitals and anatomy departments and related policy development.
  • Registration and Continuing Practice Committee (oversees matters relating to registration of doctors to the Register of Medical Practitioners, Continuing Medical Education, Professional Competence and registration appeal hearings)
  • Health Committee (supports Medical Practitioners with health matters)
  • Monitoring Committee (monitors conditions imposed on the medical practitioners registration)

Applicants

Applicants are expected to have a good understanding of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies and an understanding of the health and regulatory environments.

It is also seen as useful if they have competencies, knowledge and experience relevant to the nature of the committee membership sought. 

The Council asks potential applicants to consider carefully whether their background and experience fits with the specific appointment criteria and whether there may be any potential conflict of interest.

The Medical Council

The Medical Council maintains the Register of Medical Practitioners – the Register of all doctors who are legally permitted to carry out medical work in Ireland.

It sets the standards for medical education and training in Ireland at undergraduate, intern and postgraduate levels. It oversees lifelong learning and skills development throughout doctor’s professional careers through its professional competence requirements. It is charged with promoting good medical practice.

The Medical Council is also where a complaint may be made against a doctor. It responds to concerns and takes action to protect the public, where necessary.

There are over 22,000 doctors registered with the Medical Council. It is funded by the annual payment of fees by registered doctors – the Council receives no State funds.