Clinical oncology examiner recruitment

RCR examinations are an internationally recognised benchmark of excellence as well as a vital element of UK training.

However, we could not provide any examinations without the essential contribution of many examiners in a wide range of roles. This includes all those oncologists and physicists contributing to our FRCR exams. 

We rely heavily on the voluntary support of clinical oncologists and other specialists who invest considerable time to ensure we continue to deliver quality examinations and maintain the highest standards of professional competence. So important is their role, that several of the UK’s leading healthcare organisations have written a joint letter to all NHS hospitals urging them to support doctors who request time out to undertake work for national health bodies such as the RCR.

Why become an examiner?

“Being a Part 1 examiner has been one of the most rewarding aspect of my professional career. Sitting together with a wide range of colleagues from all parts of the country and jointly developing a good exam question is not only exciting, but also one of the most meaningful CPD activity I do every year. It is a great way to contribute in the field of oncology and serve the RCR and our patients.”
Dr Niladri Ghosal, Co-Chair of First FRCR
We are grateful for the valuable expertise given by our examiners and we often receive feedback on how rewarding and enjoyable examining roles are, and how they have added to their own personal development. Being an examiner provides an opportunity to contribute to the quality of the FRCR and network with colleagues and other specialists across the UK. Furthermore, examining activities are recognised for credits under the RCR’s CPD scheme.

What's involved?

As an examiner you may get involved in a number of ways:
  • Question writing and sourcing images 
  • Moderating and classifying materials
  • Selecting content for individual sittings
  • Identifying pass standards
  • Conducting orals
  • Evaluating individual candidate performance
  • Reviewing the performance of questions and patterns of examination performance overall
  • Shaping the future of the exams

Current vacancies 

There are currently no vacancies. Details of the 2021 recruitment cycle will be available later this year.

Role descriptions

Individual role descriptions provide more information including person specifications and working practices:

How to apply 

Applications are now closed.

Appointment process

Applications are anonymised and ranked by a panel. In some cases, consideration may be given to ensuring a balance of geographical and special interest representation, so if you are not selected one year it is worth applying again.

Conflict of interest

All potential applicants should be aware of the RCR's policy on conflict of interests.