The GCC is the regulator for the chiropractic profession and practice in the UK. Its purpose is to protect the public.
We are recruiting for a new Chair of Council. This role is open to chiropractors and lay people, that is a person not registered with the General Chiropractic Council.
The Chair of Council is paid an annual fee of £27,000. The time commitment is not fixed but it is expected that over the year this will average out to around six to seven days per month. Presence in the office location of the GCC will be minimal.
GatenbySanderson have been appointed to handle the search and application process, but the GCC remains accountable for the integrity of the process carried out. As a body mandated by Parliament, the GCC refers to the Privy Council for the ultimate decision on Council appointments including the Chair. Furthermore, the recruitment process is subject to scrutiny by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) in recommending for Privy Council approval any candidate for appointment. The Authority advises Privy Council on whether it can have confidence in the GCC process but does not make decisions.
Overview of the GCC
The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) is an independent statutory body established by Parliament to regulate chiropractors in the United Kingdom, Isle of Man and Gibraltar. We are one of ten healthcare regulators, with our activities scrutinised by the Professional Standards Authority. We are the smallest of the healthcare regulators overseeing about 3,600 registrants, with a budget of £3 million, employing 17 permanent staff members.
Our purpose, set out in The Chiropractors Act 1994 (as amended), is:
- To protect, promote and maintain the health, safety and well-being of the public.
- To promote and maintain public confidence in the profession of chiropractic.
- To promote and maintain proper professional standards and conduct
for members of the chiropractic profession.
To fulfil our core regulatory functions, we have powers to:
- Set the standards approved educational institutions must meet and assure the quality of chiropractic education.
- Publish the Code and standards that chiropractors must meet.
- Register chiropractors who meet those required standards.
- Audit and assure chiropractors’ continuing professional development.
- Investigate and act against chiropractors if they fail to meet our standards.
- Protect the title “chiropractor” by investigating and acting on potential breaches from unregistered practitioners.
In addition, the GCC also has a legal duty to develop the chiropractic profession. Only one other regulator has a similar duty to its profession. We work with four chiropractic professional associations and the Royal College of Chiropractors to fulfil this duty.
To be a respected regulator of a trusted profession.
Working as a team within the GCC and with others, appreciating diversity, listening and supporting each other effectively and fairly.
Working hard towards a common goal, encouraging and supporting each other, fostering improvement and innovation, and celebrating success.
Taking responsibility, using resources wisely and setting clear, attainable targets.
Communicating openly and honestly, building mutual respect and trust, having an open mind to reflect and learn lessons.
To enhance professionalism in chiropractic, and promote high-quality care that the public can access safely and confidently, by regulating effectively. Our priorities will be informed by the concerns of patients.
The Council’s Chief Executive and Registrar is Nick Jones, who joined the GCC in February 2019. He has extensive experience of regulation in senior roles in a range of sectors. He believes that effective regulation incentivises improvement and high-quality care for patients: its fundamental purpose.
Nick is supported by three directors: Niru Uddin (Director of Fitness to Practise), Penny Bance (Director of Development) and Joe Omorodion (Director of Corporate Services).