The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (the Academy) is the coordinating membership body for the UK and Ireland’s 23 medical Royal Colleges and Faculties. We ensure that patients are safely and properly cared for by setting standards for the way doctors are educated, trained and monitored throughout their careers.
The work of the Academy is underpinned by effective representation and engagement with all its stakeholders, from the patient in a ward to the Secretary of State for Health. Through these strong relationships, we are able, not only to create opportunities to promote our own priorities for healthcare, but also to be well placed to advise and carry out work on behalf of others.
Become a stakeholder
We are currently looking for volunteers to join our Stakeholder Reference Group. Members of this group should have a non-clinical background, i.e. not a medical professional. The purpose of the group is for its members to give a patient/service user perspective relating to their experiences of health services.
All patient and lay people are welcome to join, but in order to make sure we have a good cross section of people represented, we would particularly welcome registrations from,
- People from the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
- Disabled people
- People from black Asian and ethnic minority background
- LGBTQ+ people
- People aged under 35.
What is the Academy Stakeholder Reference Group?
The Group aims to give the Academy a 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.
What does membership involve in terms of time commitment?
Your minimum commitment would be reading the emails – any further time spent contributing to the Academy is up to you and the nature of the work. It could be in the form of giving your views on a subject, attending events or joining a more formal committee. Depending on the work, you can agree how you can participate with the Academy.
What will you get out of it?
Being part of the group is a really great way to use your healthcare experience to inform and influence the work of the Academy. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the organisation’s work to improve healthcare and be part of those improvements.