The Medical Schools Council enables medical schools to work together at the national level. It has close relationships with other organisations in the health and higher education sectors, which helps it to positively influence the development of medical education and the welfare of medical students.

The collaborative nature of a representative body means that work can be produced which is authoritative, because it is made through the collaboration of experts from many institutions, and definitive, because it can represent a position which is agreed by every member.

Its work covers a number of broad areas, many of which are driven by their own groups within the organisation. This includes:

These groups are composed of relevant staff from the medical schools and are directed by the council itself, which is made of the heads of medical schools.