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The Gibson Chair Lectureship


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh was founded in 1505 by Royal Charter granted from King James IV. From the discoveries of Simpson and Lister to modern day pioneers of medicine and dentistry who are developing simulation, VR, and robotics, the College has been a seat of learning and advancement for over 515 years.  It is the oldest Surgical College in the world with just under 30,000 members in 100 countries, almost half of whom are overseas, touching every stage of the career path from medical student to consultant.

We are proud of our 7 Faculties; The Faculty of Dental Surgery, The Faculty of Surgical Trainers, The Faculty of Dental Trainers, The Faculty of Perioperative Care, The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, The Faculty of Remote, Rural and Humanitarian Healthcare and the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Management. This allows us to drive for development and advancement in key areas across the healthcare spectrum, with aid from key experts within each specialty.

In 1996 The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care was established to set up and maintain standards for training and research in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine.  The Faculty now has a thriving membership with a fully inclusive membership.  Pre-hospital care is a well-established branch of medicine, now practised by a broad range of practitioners from first aiders, paramedics, doctors, nurses, first responders, voluntary aid workers and remote medics including multi agency teams such as police, fire and armed forces.

About the Lectureship

The Gibson Chair Lectureship will be awarded bi-annually by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care on behalf of the College. It will be awarded in open competition for practitioners of pre-hospital care who have in addition to a significant clinical contribution to the field have made a significant contribution to the scientific basis and /or the development and delivery of education of pre-hospital care over an extended period of their career; and have acquired a national or international reputation.

One Lectureship may be awarded bi-annually. The courtesy title of Honorary Professor will be accorded to The Gibson Lecturer for the 2 year duration of the Award.


The purpose of the chair is to recognise academic and scientific excellence in pre-hospital care and an individual’s contribution to the improvement of the provision of pre-hospital care. The appointment will promote the profile of the recipient, their work and by association the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care.

Frequency of Award

This shall be decided by the Faculty Board with the options:

  • To award biannually
  • To extend an existing award holder for a period of up to 24 months by mutual agreement
  • To withhold advertising chair for a period as determined by the Faculty Board

How the award title should be used:

The Gibson Chair Professorship is a courtesy title used in the College for the tenure of the award. Recipients should use the title in this context, for example John Smith, Gibson Chair Professor rather than Professor John Smith. Awardees are advised to submit an article to the College journal and their title may be used in association with that, for example John Smith Gibson Chair Professor or John Smith recipient of a Gibson Chair Professorship. Some recipients are professors in their own right and in that specific instance are within their rights to use the prefix Professor.

Honorarium of £500, a medal and delivery of The Gibson Lecture at The Annual Conference of The Faculty.


Selection Process

Submission of a CV plus a 1500 word summary of a proposed lecture which must refer to and contain research findings emanating from the candidate’s own work. This work must relate to pre-hospital care. This work could relate to teaching or research but would be expected to include components of both these activities. A list of publications and papers currently in press relevant to the lecture to be included. The successful candidate to agree that they will provide a manuscript for publication in the Emergency Medicine Journal or other journal as requested by The Executive of The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care.

The Selection process will be by The Board of The Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care with The Faculty Executive co-ordinating and short-listing suitable applicants. The Board will convene an interview panel consisting of The Chair of The Faculty, The College Vice President with responsibility for The Faculty and one elected member of The Faculty Board.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Usually a Fellow or Member of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Occasionally to an individual of high merit who is not a Member or Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh nor a member of a sister College of Surgeons of the UK and Eire

Essential Criteria

Assessed by

Current substantive post in NHS or University in the UK


Clinical or educational publications relating to pre-hospital care in the past 5 years


Add have evidence of a sustained contribution to clinical pre-hospital care research and/ or education



Desirable Criteria

Assessed by

Not a current Committee Chair

College data

Academic recognition by a University through substantive or honorary post


Has protected time for academic activity


Evidence of significant postgraduate scholarly activity


Does not hold another Chair


No other professional appointment imminent

CV and Interview

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Closing Date and Applications

Applications should be submitted to the Faculty Manager to The Closing date for applications is 

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