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Medical advisory group

The Medical HEEAG works alongside HEE’s Strategic Advisory Forum (SAF) to provide strategic professional advice and expertise to HEE around in its work on workforce planning and education development.

Advisory group members

  • Jean-Pierre van Besouw (Co-chair), Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Wendy Reid (Co-chair), Health Education England
  • Maureen Baker, Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Edwin Chilvers, Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Jane Dacre, Royal College of Physicians
  • Derek Gallen, UK Foundation Programme Office
  • Nick Harding, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG
  • Alastair Henderson, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Elizabeth Hughes, Postgraduate English Deans
  • Muj Hussein, Academy Trainee Doctors’ Group
  • Stewart Irvine, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Chris Jones, Wales Deanery
  • Peter Lees, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management
  • Sally Malin, Lay Representative
  • Clare Marx, Royal College of Surgeons
  • Michael McBride, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland)
  • Jim Neilson, NIHR Dean for Faculty Trainees
  • Sharon Oliver, Yorkshire and the Humber LETB
  • Vicky Osgood, General Medical Council
  • Sarah Parsons, NHS Employers
  • Terence Stephenson, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Ian Wilson, British Medical Association
  • Tim Yates, BMA Junior Doctors’ Committee

Meeting dates

  • 27 Nov 2013
  • 22 Jan 2014
  • 17 Apr 2014
  • 25 Jun 2014
  • 17 Sept 2014
  • 17 Nov 2014
  • 18 Feb 2015, 14:00 – 16:30, Portland House, London
  • 13 May 2015, 14:00 – 16:30, venue tbc
  • 22 Jul 2015, 14:00 – 16:30, venue tbc
  • 19 Oct 2015, 10:00 – 12:00, Portland House, London

Minutes from past meetings can be found in the related documents section below. For more information about this advisory group, please contact HEE.AdvisoryGroups@nhs.net.


Terms of reference

Purpose and Role

The overall purpose of the Medical HEEAG is to work alongside HEE’s Strategic Advisory Forum (SAF) providing professional oversight and expertise to Health Education England to influence decisions:

  • Looking at a one to five year time frame (whilst being mindful of the longer term view and horizon scanning at a national level);
  • From the perspective of the medical professions;
  • With a patient pathway focus.

The role of the Medical HEEAG will be to:

  • Provide a short- to medium-term professional strategic view of the workforce planning and education system;
  • Align the business of the Medical HEEAG to enable HEE to meet its mandate and key strategic requirements across the medical professions for health, public and social care;
  • Support HEE in influencing decisions and policy concerning workforce planning and education for the medical professions at a national level.
  • Promote continued aspiration to improve the quality of medical education and training.
  • Promote a unified approach to medical education and training between the colleges, Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs), regulatory bodies and four UK health departments;
  • Promote and advise on a collaborative working platform for medical education and training.


  • To provide expertise and advice on strategic workforce planning and education development across the medical profession;
  • To make medical profession-specific strategic recommendations to HEE in light of the Francis Inquiry and the requirements of HEE’s mandate;
  • To provide oversight on issues emerging from the medical professions
  • Identify and promote best practice, both in the UK and internationally, to help support the work of HEE;
  • To support the work of the HEE Strategic Advisory Forum and Patient Advisory Forum by providing medical professional oversight at a national level.

Governance and Membership

The Medical HEEAG will be chaired by Professor Wendy Reid, Director of Education and Quality, Medical Director, Health Education England, and co-chaired by Professor Sue Bailey, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The HEEAGs will meet four times per year and meetings will be aligned to the HEE Strategic Advisory Forum dates.

The HEEAG will be accountable to HEE’s Chief Executive through the HEE Strategic Advisory Forum.

The HEEAG will consist of a core membership of 20. Core membership needs to be representative and consideration should be given to ensuring representation (where appropriate) from the following:

  • Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
  • Academy Education Strategy Committee
  • Academy Staff and Associate Specialist Doctors’ Committee
  • Academy Trainee Doctors’ Group
  • Academy of Medical Sciences
  • British Medical Association
  • British Medical Association Junior Doctors’ Committee
  • Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (Northern Ireland) (Observer status)
  • English Deans
  • Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management
  • General Medical Council
  • Health Education England
  • Lay Representation
  • NHS Education for Scotland (Observer status)
  • NHS Employers
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • UK Foundation Programme Office
  • Welsh Government (Observer Status)

HEEAG members will have a high level of credibility with their constituency and be able to allocate sufficient time and have the flexibility required to make an effective contribution to the work of the HEEAG. The HEEAG will be supported by a secretariat provided by HEE’s Directorate of Education & Quality who will be in attendance at meetings. Each organisation/group represented on the HEEAG will have at least one member.

External experts may be invited to attend meetings in order to contribute to specific agenda items, if necessary. The Medical HEEAG will convene time-limited topic-based working groups, drawn from a wide-range of partners, to address key issues in detail. The working groups will be governed by the HEEAG and will produce and present papers at meetings when and where appropriate.

The membership term will initially be for one year. Where a Medical HEEAG member does not attend a minimum of two meetings per year, a replacement nomination from the organisation/group they represented will be requested.

The core of the HEEAG agenda will be informed by the work of the strategic priorities for HEE, HEE Strategic Advisory Forum, HEE Patient Advisory Forum and HEE LETBs.

The key responsibilities of Medical HEEAG members include:

  • Working collaboratively to provide advice around medical education, training and workforce planning;
  • Sharing information, on behalf of HEE, into the medical education and training and workforce planning system;
  • Act as a conduit, in terms of information sharing, from HEE to the organisations being represented.

Ways of Working

By joining the HEEAG members agree to:

  • Uphold the NHS Constitution;
  • Always place the patient at the centre of HEE’s work, promoting and developing work streams aligned to pathways and patient journeys;
  • Allow all members to have an equal voice;
  • Commit to the highest standards of conduct, as governed by the 7 Principles of Public Office;
  • Adopt a ‘can do’ approach and be open to challenge;
  • Use accessible terminology, providing clear explanation of specialist terms and acronyms both verbally and in written documentation;
  • Uphold the constraints of discussing confidential data and information outside of the meeting when consulting within their constituencies on specific issues raised in meetings whilst supporting the need for openness and transparency.

Review and Future Arrangements

The revised governance arrangements (including membership) will be reviewed annually to ensure the arrangements are fit for purpose.

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