Chair of Final FRCR Part B Exam Board: role description

The Board is responsible for ensuring that the Final exam provides an appropriate assessment of the knowledge, skills and some of the behaviours required to complete intermediate clinical oncology training, or equivalent for candidates not on a training programme (either in the UK or globally). The Board supports the RCR to assess all candidates wanting to undertake the exam, and in ensuring that it meets GMC standards.

The Board operates within the context of the strategic priorities of the RCR and is ultimately accountable to the Medical Director for Education and Training (MDET).

Eligibility and term of office

The Chair will have experience of examining for the Final FRCR Part B, extensive experience in training within clinical oncology and will be a member of the RCR in good standing. The term of office for the Chair is five years.

Role and responsibilities

The Chair provides leadership and direction to the Exam Board and ensures that all members are engaged in its work. This includes:

  • Leading the work of the Board in implementing and embedding developments in order that short and long-term objectives are met
  • Supporting the RCR by ensuring the exam meets demand, and the standards set by the GMC
  • Supporting the MDET in the development of the exam, including changes to format, content, structure, scoring and capacity
  • Responsibility for – alongside the Deputy Team – training and ongoing monitoring of examiners performance, acting where necessary to ensure standards are maintained
  • Participating in the selection and training of new examiners, ensuring that examiner numbers reflect those required to meet current and future demand, as directed by the MDET
  • Reviewing data provided by the RCR regarding patterns of the exam longitudinally to safeguard standards and identify areas for improvement
  • Working collaboratively with relevant College staff, Officers and other stakeholders on exam-related projects, strategy and policy
  • Chairing Exam Board meetings and directing the business of the Board by setting the agenda
  • Ensuring oversight and development of all parts of the FRCR exam suite by contributing to the work of the Fellowship Exam Board (FEB)
  • Participating in candidate appeal and misconduct panels when necessary
  • Providing advice and support to the Deputy Chairs at each sitting, with respect to exam delivery and processes, and reviewing the performance of individual exams

Personal qualities and scope/limits of authority

The Chair has overall authority and accountability for the delivery of strategic objectives as directed by the MDET, with the primary focus being the delivery of a high-quality exam meeting all regulatory requirements.

The Chair will have the requisite energy and enthusiasm for this important role, and a commitment to the aims and charitable objectives of the RCR. The postholder is required to demonstrate a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and an understanding of how this applies to the Chair’s area of work.

The role is not responsible for the operations of exam delivery from sitting to sitting.

Time Commitment

The Chair is expected to devote time necessary to maintaining the exam to the highest standard – this will include both remote on onsite (RCR) working.

Both the Final FRCR Part B Exam Board and the overarching FEB meets twice a year; meetings may be face to face or on-line. Less regular meetings such as for exam development – or appeals or misconduct panels – are also a feature of the role.

Support is provided via the Final FRCR Part B Deputy Chairs and from RCR exams office staff.

How to apply

Candidates should clearly state the role they are applying for and should submit a short CV and a cover letter stating their interest in that role, referencing the role description, experience and skills required to

All applicants should familiarise themselves with the Conflict of Interest policy; the closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 7 August. Following this a selection panel nominated by the College’s Specialty Training Board will assess paper applications - selection will be based on scoring applications against pre-agreed criteria based on the job description and person specification.