Final FRCR (Part B) Examiner - Radiology

Role description and person specification

TitleFinal FRCR (Part B) Examiner
Responsible toFinal FRCR (Part B) Examination Board     
Term of officeSix years

RCR examinations are an internationally recognised benchmark of excellence as well as a vital element of UK training. The Final FRCR Part B examination, consisting of rapid reporting, reporting and oral assessments, builds on the First examination, and the Final Part A examination, to assess the knowledge and skills developed during core clinical radiology training. The examination must meet the needs of the approved radiology training curriculum and meet standards set by the GMC.

Working practices

Examiners are currently asked to examine for ten days a year. There are currently 4 UK sittings a year to which examiners can contribute their time, (Usually held in January, March, June, and October). Please also note that the FRCR 2B examination as well as its delivery and the function of the Examination Board is undergoing several reforms in the coming year.

Examiners attend an all-day Examining Board meeting once a year. Time is also required for the collection and preparation of material, and additional duties are undertaken by examiners in their final year, usually involving an extra two days at the College. 

Role tasks

Examiners have a range of responsibilities including:

  • Gathering, preparing and categorising radiological images to be used as the basis for oral and reporting questions, ensuring that they are based on the approved curriculum
  • Selecting cases to make up rapid reporting and reporting examinations
  • Marking rapid reporting and reporting examinations
  • Conducting the oral examinations and awarding marks

They may also be involved in:

  • Reviewing the performance of individual examinations to ensure that they meet the standards expected, identifying any shortcomings and making recommendations for the future
  • Reviewing the pattern of performance of the examination over time to ensure standards are maintained and identifying areas for improvement
  • Developing the examination to ensure that it remains relevant to the curriculum and to clinical practice

Person specification

Knowledge and qualifications

Examiners must:

  • Be Fellows of the RCR in good standing
  • Practise in the UK as a consultant within an approved training programme
  • Demonstrate that they have undergone appropriate equality and diversity training and are willing to abide by good practice in these areas
  • Be prepared to participate in induction and training activities
  • Be able to devote time to: question setting; preparing for examining; examining candidates; and other examination-related business from time-to-time

Experience

  • Applicants are expected to have held a substantive consultant clinical radiologist post for a minimum period (usually at least five years) prior to appointment, and to remain in employment for the duration of their term of office as an examiner  
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate significant involvement in the teaching, training and assessment of trainees

Skills and abilities

  • Training will be provided in the use of Osirix to prepare cases but some prior experience would be helpful.
  • Examiners must be comfortable preparing and examining on cases covering the broad spectrum of clinical radiology that a trainee would be expected to have encountered during the first three years of general/core radiology training.

Personal qualities

  • Commitment to the aims and charitable objectives of the College
  • Commitment to equality and valuing diversity and understanding of how this applies to delivery of own area of work
  • Examiners are bound by the Code of Conduct and Compact. They are also expected to demonstrate adherence to the College values.

Applications

  • Must be supported by a current or former Head of School, Regional Specialty Adviser or Training Programme Director
  • Applications to be an examiner are anonymised and ranked by a panel
  • The College strives for membership of the Board to be as representative as possible of body system specialist interests, clinical practice backgrounds and the distribution of UK training programmes