Deputy Chair of Final FRCR Part B Exam: 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, 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

There are several deputies in post at any one time – all will have experience of examining for the Final FRCR Part B, experience in training within clinical oncology and will be a member of the RCR in good standing. The term of office for the role is three to five years (to be confirmed on appointment).

Role and responsibilities

Deputy Chairs work together to provide support and assistance to the Chair. The team of Deputy Chairs will provide insight and guidance to other examiners, enabling all members of the Board to be engaged in its work.

Specific areas of responsibility will be agreed with the Chair and each of the appointed Deputy Chairs, but each postholder will be expected to take responsibility for one or more or the following areas:

  • Assisting the Chair in producing an exam that covers the curriculum by supporting Board members to produce questions – the Chair will guide on specific roles that are required
  • 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 Chair and Deputy team – selection, appointment, training, mentorship and ongoing monitoring of examiners performance
  • 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
  • Actively contributing to Board meetings to advise on operational issues and consult on policy areas
  • Deputising for the Chair when required

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. The Deputy Chairs primary focus is question generation, the delivery of a high-quality exam that meets all regulatory requirements and wider examiner support. It is expected that deputies will continue to actively examine for part of each sitting but will take on additional discrete roles and mentorship of other examiners as required.

Postholders will demonstrate a commitment to the aims and charitable objectives of the RCR, and to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Time commitment

Deputy Chairs are expected to devote time necessary to maintaining the exam to the highest standard – this will include both remote on onsite (RCR) working.

The Final FRCR Part B Exam Board meets twice a year. Exams currently occur over six consecutive days at each of the spring and autumn sittings and it is anticipated that Deputy Chairs will attend each sitting.

Support in the role is provided via the Chair, Deputy colleagues 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.

June 2022