Fellowship without Examination

Open for nomination - Closing date 29 March 2018

The usual route to Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists is by examination. In accordance with College Regulations, a small number of Fellowships without Examination (FwE) can be awarded each year to thos who in the opinion of Council meet the criteria.  Any current Fellow of the College can make a nomination; please complete the nomination form referrring to the guidance below. 

Guidance for nominations 2018

  • FwE is less as an “honour” than a way of recognising past contributions to either specialty in the NHS and allowing these to be built on in the future through closer ties with the College.
  • The primary purpose of FwE is “to bring non-UK trained consultants living and working in the UK more fully into the College”.
  • Fellows without examination have the same rights and privileges as Fellows by examination, including the right to use the post nominal FRCR and which can include the right to stand and vote in some College elections.
  • FwE is offered under the same financial conditions, of payment of the annual membership subscription to remain in good standing with the College.
  • Previous, failed attempts at any part of the FRCR Examination that has not subsequently been passed will be taken into account in the assessment.

Specific nomination categories

NB    Professional status means that the nominee is in practice at consultant level and has the respect of professional colleagues.  It also means that the nominee has made and will continue to make a significant contribution to training or practice in radiology or oncology in the UK, and has already done so over a sustained period of time (usually expected to be at least five years at consultant level in the UK).

There are four nomination categories –

1      Clinical radiologists or clinical oncologists who are on the specialist register, hold substantive consultant appointments in the United Kingdom, have made a significant contribution to training in either specialty in the United Kingdom and have attained such professional status as in the opinion of Council merits such recognition.

This relates specifically to radiologists and oncologists who trained outside the UK and are now working in the UK in a substantive (permanent) consultant post.  It is most common for FwE to be awarded to those in this group, to encourage their contribution to continue as a Fellow of the College. This can include the right to stand and vote in some College elections, along with other rights of Fellowship.

Nominations are usually specific to the individual, but a significant contribution for the purposes of this assessment might include evidence of delivering, developing, and/or managing a high quality service, and/or contributing by way of being a clinical lead, MDT lead, clinical tutor, course organiser etc.  Research and/or teaching activity may be taken into account, as can any other relevant activity such as College related activity. 

Nominees need not have submitted published works, although published works of an appropriate standard can be taken into account in the assessment.

Those nominated in this category are expected to be members of the College at the time of the nomination. 

2      Medical or dental practitioners who have submitted published works judged by the Council to be of sufficient distinction and/or who have attained such professional status as in the opinion of the Council merits such recognition

Firstly, this allows nominations of those who have contributed to radiology or oncology in the NHS through their “published works”.  They must demonstrate no fewer than 15 recent publications in peer-reviewed journals, considered to be of an appropriate standard to contribute to the award of FwE. A maximum of five book chapters/review articles may count in the complement of peer-reviewed publications. The nomination must demonstrate how these published works have impacted upon radiology or oncology training or practice in the NHS and how their activity might continue to do so.

It’s unusual to acquire FwE on the basis of published works alone. FwE is more usually awarded based on professional status and significant contribution to either specialty.

Secondly, this allows nominations of medical or dental practitioners who aren’t substantive consultants, but who can demonstrate an appropriate level of professional status and significant contribution to radiology or oncology in the NHS (defined above). These might include, for example, radiologists or oncologists who don’t hold substantive consultant appointments or those practising in dental and maxillofacial radiology, nuclear medicine or other specialties closely aligned to radiology or oncology. 

3      Non-medical or non-dental practitioners who have made a significant contribution to the specialties of clinical radiology or clinical oncology or dental and maxillofacial radiology and who have attained such professional status as in the opinion of Council merits such recognition

This allows nominations of non-medical and non-dental practitioners who work closely with one of our specialties and can demonstrate an appropriate level of professional status and significant contribution (defined above). 

4      Members who have been such for 25 consecutive years and who have attained such professional status as in the opinion of Council merits such recognition.

Those nominated should demonstrate an appropriate level of professional status and significant contribution (defined in category 1 above).  “Consecutive years” means that membership must have been maintained by payment of the annual subscription without any breaks.

The closing date is Thursday 29 March 2018 at 5.00pm. Nominations received after this time will not be accepted. The nomination form with CV may be sent by e-mail to Ruth Gibson or by post to Ruth Gibson, Curriculum and Equivalence Officer, RCR, 63 Lincolns Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JW.