Nottingham academic appointed GMC chair

06 Apr 2009 15:59:00.000

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A Nottingham professor has been appointed the new Chair of the General Medical Council, the national body which regulates doctors and ensures good medical practice.


Professor Peter Rubin, Boots Professor of Therapeutics in the University’s Division of Therapeutics and Molecular Medicine and former Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, will take up office on April 20, succeeding Sir Graeme Catto who has been President of the GMC (now Chair of Council).


Professor Rubin said: “It is an honour and a privilege to become Chair of the General Medical Council. The next few years for the GMC will be challenging and exciting as we continue to deliver a major agenda of change.

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“The GMC has a hugely important role in maintaining and assuring patient safety through the highest standards in medicine. I am looking forward to working with doctors, patients, employers and educators alike to ensure we continue to fulfil that role.”


In his capacity as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at The University of Nottingham from 1997 to 2003, he oversaw the development of The University of Nottingham Medical School at Derby, which was officially launched in March 2004 offering graduate entry medical training. He was also at the forefront of the development of the University’s new School of Veterinary Science and Medicine, which became the first new veterinary school for more than 50 years when it opened in 2006.


Professor Rubin will now split his time between his new appointment at the GMC and fulfilling his academic role at The University of Nottingham.


Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Nottingham, said: “My colleagues and I at Nottingham would like to offer our congratulations to Professor Rubin and wish him every success in his new role. We are delighted that his high standing nationally and his many years of medical expertise have been recognised in this new appointment and that The University of Nottingham will continue to benefit from his excellent clinical and research skills.”


Professor Rubin is also an Honorary Consultant Physician at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. He has spent much of his career specialising in the medical disorders of pregnancy and continues to be involved in frontline medicine. A leading figure in UK medicine, he was Chair of the GMC Education Committee from 2002–2008, Chair of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB) from 2005–2008 and has considerable experience of other professions. As a board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), he co-chaired the Dental Joint Implementation Group.


The GMC’s reconstituted Council that took office on January 1 this year has, for the first time, an equal representation of lay and medical members. The Chair is elected by the Council from among its members. The composition of the Council reflects the GMC’s key interest groups: patients and the public; doctors; the NHS and other healthcare providers; and medical schools and medical Royal Colleges.


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Nominations for the new Chair of Council were invited following the second meeting of the GMC’s reconstituted Council on February 25. All Council members were eligible to stand. Following the Council meeting on March 26, Electoral Reform Services conducted the ballot and counted and validated the votes.


The General Medical Council registers doctors to practise medicine in the UK. Its purpose is summed up in the phrase: Regulating Doctors, Ensuring Good Medical Practice. The law gives it four main functions:


•    Keeping up-to-date registers of qualified doctors

•    Fostering good medical practice

•    Promoting high standards of medical education

•    Dealing firmly and fairly with doctors whose fitness to practise is in doubt


More information about the GMC is available from its Media Relations Office on +44 (0)207 189 5454, out of hours on +44 (0)207 189 5444, e-mail or on its website at


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