The Academy’s activities concentrate primarily on producing policy and recommendations to inform healthcare. Much of this work is delivered by the Academy’s long standing committees or through working groups and independent short-life projects.  Below details our current committees and working groups.

Education and training committees

Academy Education Strategy Committee

Chair — Dr Jeanette Dickson

The Academy Education Strategy Committee is the overarching education body of the Academy. It identifies strategy, policy and work streams which need to be taken forward in postgraduate medical education and gives guidance and direction on how they will be achieved. It provides commonality between all the Academy education related committees. 


Academy Foundation Programme Committee

Chair — Dr Anthony Choules

The Academy Foundation Programme Committee coordinates and facilitates the work of the Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties to produce the Foundation Programme Curriculum for Foundation year doctors.

Managed by Alison Moulds


Joint Academy Training Forum

Chairs — Dr Namita Kumar and Professor Nicki Cohen

The Joint Academy Training Forum coordinates, facilitates and develops generic work of the medical Royal Colleges and Faculties with regards to postgraduate medical specialty training, including general practice. It works in conjunction with other relevant bodies relating to postgraduate medical specialty and general practice training.

Managed by Claire Coomber


Academy Assessment Committee

Chair — Mr Robert Taylor

The Academy Assessment Committee coordinates, facilitates and takes forward the work of the Royal Colleges and Faculties with regards to assessment in postgraduate medical training.

Managed by Claire Coomber


Academy Professional Development Committee

Chair – Dr Susi Caesar

The Revalidation and Professional Development Committee is concerned with developing processes and procedures relating to the specialist revalidation of doctors and their CPD.

Managed by Kate Tansley


Healthcare policy committees

Choosing Wisely Steering Group

Chair – Professor Carrie MacEwen

Choosing Wisely is an initiative to promote conversations between doctors and patients. The aim of the programme is to help patients and their clinicians choose care that is, supported by evidence, not duplicated, free from harm, necessary and consistent with patient values.


Genomics Professional Partnerships Group

Chair — Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard and Professor Sue Hill

Genomics Professional Partnerships Group, hosted by the Academy, will be instrumental in refining and prioritising various aspects of NHS England’s genomic medicine programme. The work sits across the spectrum of medicine and healthcare to ensure that full benefits of genomics are realised while avoiding over-diagnosis or any potential harm.

Managed by Rose Jarvis


Representational committees

Academy Specialty and Associate Specialist Committee

Chair — Dr Waleed Arshad

The Academy Specialty and Associate Specialist Committee represents the needs, interests, and views of SAS doctors and dentists. It brings together SAS representatives from all colleges and faculties to exchange information and share good practice. The SAS Committee encourages SAS representation at all colleges and faculties, promotes development of the SAS workforce, gives a voice to SAS doctors and dentists regarding wider issues in healthcare and promotes a positive profile for the SAS workforce. The chair is a co-opted member of the Academy Council.

Managed by Alison Moulds


Academy Trainee Doctors’ Group

Chair — Dr Matthew Clarke

The Academy’s Trainee Doctors’ Group is a forum for Trainee representatives of all Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties to come together. It provides an informed and balanced view on generic issues relevant to College-registered trainees. The Chair is a co-opted member of the Academy Council.

Managed by Alison Moulds


Flexible Careers Committee

Chair — Dr Harriet Gordon

The Flexible Careers Committee brings together College and Faculty representatives as well as representatives from the BMA, NHS Employers and the Medical Women’s Federation on issues relating to flexible working arrangements for medical and dental staff. This includes the whole spectrum of the workforce from trainees through to retirement and in primary, secondary, community and tertiary care. The Flexible Careers Committee operates under the auspices of the Academy but is supported with its own subscription and secretariat.

Managed by Nina Newbery


Academy Patient Lay Committee

Chair — Ms Ros  Levenson

The Academy Patient Lay Committee informs Academy discussions, and ensures that the interests and perspectives of patients and the general public are taken into account within the work of the Academy. Members are from each of the College patient/lay groups. The Chair is a co-opted member of the Council.

Managed by Kate Tansley


Academy Stakeholder Reference Group

The Academy Stakeholder Reference Group  provides an additional and wider range of patients/lay/consumer representatives to gather opinion from – in particular seldom heard groups who who often face the biggest barriers to accessing services but have the greatest need.

The Group runs virtually and communicates predominately via email. Members receive monthly updates detailing the Academy’s latest work with patient/lay representatives, opportunities to input their views, invitations to attend occasional events and join Academy Committees as required.

Managed by Kate Tansley