There are five clinical radiology examination Boards and Committees that examiners are required for: the First FRCR Examination Committee (Anatomy); the First FRCR Examination Committee (Physics); the Final FRCR (Part A) Examination Committee; the Final FRCR (Part B) Examination Board and the Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology Examination Board.
The RCR is grateful for the expertise and time given by its examiners and often receives feedback on how rewarding and enjoyable examining roles are. We rely heavily on the voluntary support of clinical radiologists and other specialists who invest considerable time to ensure the RCR continues to deliver quality examinations, thereby ensuring the highest standards of professional competence. 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.
Each examination Board or Committee writes questions, sources images, moderates and classifies material, selects content for individual sittings, identifies passing standards and evaluates candidate performance to a greater or lesser degree, depending on the composition and format of their particular examination. Every Board or Committee also reviews the performance of individual questions, and patterns of examination performance overall, and makes recommendations on changes to structure and content where appropriate.
Examiners are appointed by the overarching Fellowship Examination Board, with the relevant Board or Committee making recommendations on the basis of applications submitted.
There are currently no vacancies. The recruitment cycle normally takes place in September with a view to appointment in December. All successful applicants are expected to attend an examiner induction day in January of the following year.
A brief description of the remit and role of each of the five examiner groups, and details of the accountability of the various bodies which oversee the clinical radiology FRCR examinations, shows in the governance structure document. Individual role descriptions below provide more information including person specifications and working practices:
- First FRCR Examination Committee (Anatomy)
- First FRCR Examination Committee (Physics): Clinical Radiologist and Medical Physicist
- Final FRCR (Part A) Examination Committee
- Final FRCR (Part B) Examination Board
- Diploma in Dental and Maxillofacial Radiology Examination Board: Dental/Medical Radiologists and Medical Physicist
Conflict of interest
Examiners may only serve on one Board or Committee at any one time and there is an expectation that examiners remain in employment for the duration of their term of office. Details of current post-holders for each examination committee show under the relevant committee listing.
All potential applicants should be aware of the RCR's policy on conflict of interests.