Medical Director, Professional Practice, Clinical Oncology

The Medical Director, Professional Practice (MDPP) leads on Clinical Oncology Faculty activities that guide and support Fellows and members throughout their practising careers.

Work for the Faculty and the College can bring a whole new perspective to your clinical practice. As MDPP, you will be influential, you will help shape the Faculty and the specialty, and you will gain an insight into national policy and thinking. As well as helping the College, you can bring that value back to your hospital. If you have an interest in making a difference to the future of your specialty, this could be the role for you.

Getting the best from this role requires some face–to-face involvement, but the College is making increasing use of video and audio conferencing to do business.

What’s involved?

Policy for the Faculty and the specialty is agreed by the Faculty Board in line with the RCR’s strategic priorities. The Faculty Board commissions programmes of work to achieve these priorities  through the Specialty Training Board and the Professional Support and Standards Board. The structure of the Faculty is appended.

The scope of work which the MDPP leads includes:

  • Development and review of professional guidance and standards
  • The College CPD scheme and revalidation
  • Audit, quality improvement, information and data resources (led by the Faculty Quality Improvement and Audit Committee)
  • Academic and research activities outside of training (led by the Academic Committee)
  • Facilitating communication and engagement with UK radiotherapy centres through the Heads of Service Committee
  • Service improvement and development including service reviews

Who’s eligible to stand?

This is an elected position. To put your name forward, you need to be:

  • a Fellow of the College (no minimum period as a Fellow is required)
  • resident in the United Kingdom 
  • on the roll of the Faculty,
  • in active clinical practice, with hold a current licence to practise with the GMC 

You will need to have the support of two other Fellows as your nominators. Find out more about standing for election

A supportive team

The MDPP is one of three Faculty Officers, the other two being the Vice-President – who leads the Faculty overall – and the Medical Director, Education and Training – who leads on Faculty education activities.

College staff work with and support all Officers. With the exception of August, Faculty Officers and senior staff meet together monthly as the leadership group (Clinical Oncology Leadership Team) for the Faculty.

The MDPP, like all other Officers, is part of a supportive team: there are leads or advisers for many areas of work and many board and committee members to draw on.

Part of the College

The Clinical Oncology Faculty works alongside the College’s sister specialty of Clinical Radiology where a similar Faculty structure is in place. The College overall is led by the President. Responsibility College-wide for membership and resourcing is led by the Medical Director, Membership and Business.

With the exception of August, the three Officers from each Faculty, the two College Officers and senior staff meet together monthly as the executive group (Senior Leadership Team) for the whole College.

Overall, the College is governed by Council which is the trustee board of the College as a charity. The MDPP is a Council member and a trustee of the charity.

What’s the commitment?

This is a three-year role. To help get into the role, if elected, you will be offered an induction programme to attend various meetings and meet people in the five months before you take up office in September. As MDPP, regular commitments are: 

Clinical Oncology Faculty

  • Clinical Oncology Leadership Team (COLT)Team (monthly except August)
  • Faculty Board
  • Professional Support and Standards Board (Chaired by MDPP)
  • Heads of Service (Chaired by the MDPP)
  • Clinical Oncology Audit and Quality Improvement and Audit Committee
  • Specialty Training Board
  • Academic Committee
  • Professional Learning and Development Committee
  • Joint Collegiate Council for Oncology
  • UK Chemotherapy Board


  • Council
  • Senior Leadership Team (fortnightly except August)
  • Fellowship Admission Ceremonies and receptions
  • Annual Dinner and Summer Reception
  • Annual Conference including the Annual General Meeting

The MDPP may be asked to attend other Faculty meetings, external working parties and groups, representing the Faculty or the College, and may take on the ceremonial role of Registrar of the College. Occasional attendance at overseas conferences may also arise.

Other activities

  • Dealing with medically-related enquiries received from the public or the media
  • Advising on drafting documents and responses to external consultation documents
  • Writing contributions for the College Newsletter
  • Clinical Excellence Award nominations

Most College boards and committees meet on a Thursday or Friday.  Meetings are either held virtually or at the College building at 63 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2. Overall, the time commitment works out at about one and a half days per week at the College. In addition, time will be needed to respond to emails, advise on documents, read and travel to meetings.

If you have any questions about the process for the Faculty elections 2021, please contact 

About the Faculty of Clinical Oncology 

The Faculty of Clinical Oncology is led by the Clinical Oncology Faculty Board (chaired by the Vice-President) which is responsible to Council for agreeing and implementing policy for the Faculty.

See the Clinial Oncology Faculty Board structure (PDF)

Reporting to the Faculty Board are:

  1. Specialty Training Board (STB) which sets the standards and processes for entry to and training for the specialty - chaired by the Medical Director, Education and Training
  2. Professional Support and Standards Board (PSSB) which develops and issues professional guidance and guidelines on all aspects of professional practice - chaired by the Medical Director, Professional Practice
  3. Clinical Oncology Professional Learning and Development Committee
  4. Standing Committees for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  5. Editorial Board for Clinical Oncology
  6. Academic Committee
  7. Joint Collegiate Council for Oncology   }
  8. UK Chemotherapy Board                      } joint professional Boards of which the RCR
  9. Radiotherapy Board                              } is a member

Reporting to the STB are:

  1. Curriculum Committee
  2. Fellowship Examining Board and other exam boards
  3. Equivalence Committee
  4. Oncology Registrars’ Forum
  5. Heads of Training
  6. Undergraduate Oncology Steering Group
  7. Quality Assurance Lead
  8. National Recruitment Lead

Reporting to the PSSB are:

  1. Quality Improvement and Audit Committee
  2. Heads of Service
  3. Radiotherapy Quality and Safety Adviser
  4. Chemotherapy Quality and Safety Adviser
  5. Staff and Associate Specialist Grade Adviser