Gynaecological Cancer Consensus Statements: role description for steering group member

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS EXTENDED to Monday 15 August 

The RCR is committed to supporting radiotherapy teams to reduce variation in clinical practice and is now looking to develop consensus statements for radiotherapy in gynaecological cancer in 2022-23.

We are seeking to form a steering group of 8–10 oncologists to lead this exciting and important project. 

RCR consensus process

We have established a process for developing consensus statements on topics where there is known variation in UK practice that are not covered in other guidelines. The RCR has produced a series of consensus statements in different tumour types:

The process involves evidence being reviewed and consensus being sought from all UK cancer centres to produce practical guidance with the purpose of improving the standard of radiotherapy practice for all patients.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this role, you should be:

  • A consultant clinical oncologist or a senior trainee specialising in gynaecological cancer
  • A Fellow or member of the RCR
  • Resident in the United Kingdom at the time of your application 
  • In active clinical practice in the NHS with a current licence to practise.

On appointment you will be required to complete a declaration of interests form. 

Experience and competencies

You will be expected to demonstrate:

  • Expertise in the treatment of gynaecological cancer
  • The ability to represent the views of a number of people
  • Experience of developing and implementing protocols or standards.

Role and responsibilities

The main duties of the steering group will be to:

  • Decide on topics where variation in practice exists
  • Review available evidence and existing guidelines to avoid duplication
  • Draft and re-drafting of the initial consensus statements 
  • Attend and participate at steering group meetings
  • Agree who should be involved in the wider consensus process (eg specialist radiographers, surgeons, patient groups)
  • Liaise with key stakeholders
  • Participate in the consensus day
  • Contribute to the consensus report, audit templates and publication process.

How to Apply

To apply, you will need to submit: 

  • A short curriculum vitae (CV) 
  • A brief statement outlining your suitability for the role including how you meet the required experience and competencies.

Applications must be submitted by email to guidance@rcr.ac.uk. Deadline for applications has been extended to Monday 15 August. 

If you have any questions about this role, please get in touch via guidance@rcr.ac.uk

Application Process

We are keen for the RCR consensus process to be as inclusive as possible. Application from eligible candidates will be ranked considering their experience and competencies, however, we will also be looking to select candidates from different types of centres across the UK, and at different stages in their career.

The selection panel will comprise Medical Director Professional Practice, CO Vice President and Quality and Standards Operations Manager.

Time commitment

It is expected that the time commitment will be:

  • Approximately 3-4 working group meetings (mostly conducted via Microsoft Teams) 
  • A one-day consensus meeting plus work via email over a 12-month period
  • Online reading, reviewing, emailing and drafting that is not likely to exceed one hour a fortnight on average.

Operation in the role

The steering group will be supported by staff in the Professional Practice Team. This will include:

  • Providing the secretariat to the steering group
  • Project management of the consensus process including writing, design and publication expertise
  • Event management on the consensus day.

Members of the steering group will not express any opinion or make any statement publicly or to the media that is held out to be a view from the RCR without first consulting and agreeing the approach with the Clinical Oncology Medical Director for Professional Practice.  

Resources

This is a voluntary role. The RCR will meet expenses for travel to the RCR for the steering panel and consensus meeting, in accordance with the travel and expenses policy

Confidentiality

As a member of the steering group, you must comply with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation as regards processing and disclosure of any personal data that is made available to you as part of your work for the RCR.

You will from time to time be provided with documents at various stages of development prior to their formal approval and publication, which must be kept confidential. You must not disclose any confidential information to an outside person or organisation.

Copyright and intellectual property

The RCR will hold the intellectual property and copyright of any documents or publications you produce in your capacity as a member of the steering group.