The Reference Community will provide an innovative and flexible means of engaging with members of the public and doctors from a wide range of backgrounds. It will operate as a virtual community, conducting its business remotely, rather than as a standing group or committee.
It will include 28 registered medical practitioners, three are GPs, one is training to be a GP and another is specialising after practising as a GP for a number of years, and 27 lay members of the public. Topics will include the GMC's fitness-to-practise processes, the development of revalidation and Good Medical Practice, core guidance for doctors.
GMC Council member Ros Levenson said: ‘It is really important that we continue to maximise opportunities to engage with doctors and the public in shaping the work of the GMC. We already engage, on a regular basis, with groups representing the views of doctors and the public, but it is vital that we hear from individuals as well.
‘The Reference Community is an additional mechanism to help us understand the views and opinions of the profession and the public.'
Members will give 20 to 30 hours per year of their time. Membership will be refreshed on a regular basis.