Professional Practice and Ethics Committee Chair

  • Status : 5-year term
  • Salary : Voluntary role
  • Closing date : 15/03/2022

About the College

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional membership body for psychiatrists and promotes excellent care for people with mental illness.

It has 19,000 members and engages with government and the media as the leading voice of the UK’s mental health services. The College is a values-based organisation and, in 2019, was named Charity of the Year in the European Diversity Awards.

Overview of the role

The Professional Practice and Ethics Committee (PPEC) is the focal point in the College for considering the impact of policies and service delivery on expectations in relation to ethics.

As Chair of the Committee you will have the lead responsibility for ensuring that the College are able to provide evidence based advice on ethics related issues to members, policy makers and other key stakeholders.

Key responsibilities

  • Chair meetings of the Professional Practice and Ethics Committee (PPEC) Committee, which may be held three times per year at the College or elsewhere.
  • Attend Council at least once a year to provide a report on the work of the Committee. Attend the Policy and Public Affairs Committee (PPAC)  at least twice per year to provide regular updates on the work of the Committee as well as provide a brief written update for each of its three meetings.
  • Liaise as required with College Officers and College office holders, including Faculties, to take forward the work of the Committee.
  • Work with the Centre for Advanced Learning and Conferences to assist in the delivery of training courses and conferences in the field of ethics.
  • Provide advice and support for media enquiries on ethics either through the Committee or identified external expertise if needed on a particular issue.
  • Working closely with the Policy Unit, lead on policy development and consultation responses in matters relating to ethics.
  • Advise on ethics sessions at the College's International Meeting.
  • Oversee the content of the Committee webpage, incorporating items of potential interest to the College membership.
  • Uphold and promote the College values of Courage, Innovation, Respect, Collaboration, Learning and Excellence.

How to apply

If you would like to be considered for this post, please submit a CV and a covering letter demonstrating experience (one A4 side) to

For any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Thomas Denning, Policy and Standards manager at

Please see the full job description below for more information about this role.

Closing date: 15th March 2022

Interview date: TBC via Microsoft Teams/Zoom

Interviews are likely to be around 30 minutes and we will seek to organise the interviews to ensure availability.

The College values a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, reflecting the population it serves.

JD - Professional Practice and Ethics Committee Chair - 15 March 2022