RCoA Council Elections

The College is introducing two additional Anaesthetists in Training posts on our Council, making the number on Council more representative of our membership. There is no requirement for FRCA for greater earlier career representation. Nominations are now open.

Co-opted Anaesthetist in Training positions – election to RCoA Council 

The College is committed to appropriate representation of its membership on Council – the primary governing body with responsibility for the profession. As part of that commitment, the College is introducing two additional Anaesthetist in Training posts, which will be co-opted to Council upon election. These positions are open to anyone in our Anaesthetist in Training or Fellow in Training member categories and will be elected by members in those same categories. The term of service is 18-months. 

AiT Voting flow chart

The self-nomination period to stand in this election opens on 27 July 2022 and closes on 17 August 2022.  You can find out more about the two roles by reviewing the role description and nominate yourself for election by completing our online form. Please also use our canvassing guidelines which set out the manner in which all candidates for elected College roles are required to conduct canvassing.  

Timetable 

  • 27 July 2022: Nominations open. 

  • 17 August 2022 at 5pm: Nominations close.  

  • 30 August 2022: Ballot emails distributed. Ballots will be sent electronically by the College’s election partner, Civica, to email addresses registered at the College. The ballot process will be managed independently and verified by Civica. 

  • 12 September 2022 at 12 noon: Ballot closes. The election results will be declared via the College website as soon as possible following the ballot count and ratification. The results will also be published in the President’s News eNewsletter and new members will be introduced in the Bulletin. 

  • 14 September 2022: New co-opted AiT representatives will be invited to their first Council meeting.

FAQs for the co-opted Anaesthetist in Training and Fellow in Training posts

A: RCoA Council has agreed to increase representation for Anaesthetists in Training (AiT) and Fellows in Training (FiT) on College Council, which along with the Board of Trustees is one of the College’s two main decision-making bodies. This will result in an increase from 2 to 4 AiT/FiT representatives 

The additional two representatives will be elected by their peers for co-option to Council – that means the successful candidates will be able to contribute fully to Council, and importantly to discussions about the specialty. 

A: We are committed to having four representative posts for AiTs and FiTs on Council, and to encourage representation from doctors at all stages of their training careers, but we are currently unable to do this due to constraints in our governing documents. We will need to make changes to our governing rules to make these changes permanent, but this will take time and we don’t want to delay the appointment of the two additional places while we sort it out. We see election for co-option as the simplest and quickest way of achieving increased representation of AiTs/FITs on College Council now, whilst complying with our governing rules. 

We hope this table comparison helps: 

 

Existing two elected posts 

New co-opted posts 

Eligibility 

Candidate must have an FRCA 

No FRCA requirement 

No need to be in a training post 

Nomination 

Candidate must be proposed by a Fellow 

Self-nomination, with support by either a Fellow or a Member 

Term of office 

4 years 

18 months 

Is this a long-term position on Council? 

Yes 

No – this is an interim measure while we make changes to our governing rules. Going forward, we see these two posts established into the long-term structure 

Is this role also a Trustee position, with personal legal responsibilities for the financial and charitable responsibilities of the College 

Yes 

No 

Is this role a member of the Council, the body responsible for the development of the profession 

Yes 

Yes 

Is this position a voting member of Council? 

Yes 

No, although active participation in the discussions leading to a vote are expected 

Election format 

Election of candidates to Council 

Election of candidates for co-option to Council 

As well as the new co-opted posts, Dr Sarah Muldoon’s four-year elected term as AiT Representative comes to an end in March 2023. Candidates who are Fellows of the Royal College of Anaesthetists may wish to stand for that vacancy and so the timescales for the general Council elections are also included below. Details of the general Council vacancies will be available, and will be added to as we approach that election, at www.rcoa.ac.uk/election 

 

Election to forthcoming vacant post 

Election for the two new co-opted posts 

Call for nominations opens 

26 September 2022

27 July 2022 

Nominations close: 

17 October 2022

17 August 2022 5pm 

Elections open: 

16 November 2022

30 August 2022 

Votes end: 

15 December 2022

12 September 2022 noon 

Results announced: 

16 December 2022

12 September 2022 pm 

Successful candidates take up posts and welcome to attend September Council meeting: 

n/a; the first Council meeting for this post-holder would be 8 March 2023  

14 September 2022 

 

Post-holders offered induction and welcome to the College, and agreement around roles and responsibilities with existing Elected AiT Council Members: 

8 March 2023

14 September onwards 

 

A: The successful candidates will take part in the affairs of the Council and may also sit on committees that feed into the Council. One of our current AiT representatives on Council Dr Sarah Muldoon has written a blog on her experiences that you may find useful. Sarah describes how she spends about 8 hours a week on her combined Council and Trustee duties (note that the co-opted AiT/FiT representatives will take their place on Council only, not in the Board of Trustees as well) 

A: There are six half-day Council meetings each year. These are a mixture of remote and in-person. In addition, you will also be asked to sit on various committees and represent the College on working groups. You will lead on your own projects.  

A: Yes. Clearly you would not be able to do both the co-opted post and the general Council post at the same time, and of course the eligibility requirements are different. So if you are eligible for, and were successful in, both elections you would need to decide which post you wanted and then we would need to hold further elections for the vacancy you would have created. 

A: No, these are two additional roles in total across both membership categories. This could mean we have one of each, or two AiTs or two FiTs, depending on the election. There is one election process for both membership categories. 

Elections to RCoA Council 

For the 2022 Council elections, there will be three vacancies across two categories: 

Consultant member 

There will be two Consultant member vacancies in the 2022 Council election cycle. 

In total there are 20 Consultant members of Council who are elected by Fellows, Associate Fellows, Members, Associate Members, Anaesthetists in Training and Fellows in Training. These positions are renewable. The first term of service is six years, and the second term is four years. Vacancies can arise either from resignations or after completion of a term of service. Those eligible to stand are Fellows by examination and Fellows Ad Eundem on the specialist register and complying with the conditions of the Ordinances and Regulations. 

Consultant voting flow chart

Trainee member 

There will be one trainee vacancy in the 2022 Council election cycle.  

These positions are elected by those registered as trainees with the College, and are not renewable. The term of service for the candidate elected to this vacancy is four years. Vacancies arise either from resignations or after completion of a term of service. Those eligible to stand are Fellows By Examination, and you also need to be registered as a trainee with the College at the time of taking up your Council seat. 

AiT voting flow chart

The self-nomination period to stand in the next election to Council closes on 17 October 2022.   

Timetable 

  • 26 September 2022: Nominations opens. The call for self-nominations was publicised on the website, via social media, in the President’s  News eNewsletter. 

  • 17 October 2022 at 12 noon: Nominations closed.  

  • 16 November 2022: Ballot emails distributed. Ballots will be sent electronically by Civica to the email address registered at the College. The ballot process will be independently managed and verified by Civica. 

  • 15 December 2022 at 12 noon: Ballot closes. Ballots must be returned by 12pm. 

  • 16 December 2022: The election results will be declared via the College website as soon as possible following the ballot count and ratification. The results will also be published in the President’s News eNewsletter and the Bulletin. 

  • 8 March 2023: New members will be admitted to their first Council meeting 

The Devolved Nations elections will be taking place in November, and we will keep this page updated.