Final FRCR (Part A) Examiner - Oncology

Role description and person specification

TitleFinal FRCR (Part A) Examiner
Responsible toFinal FRCR (Part A) Examination Committee
Term of officeThe term of office for examiners is normally five years

RCR examinations are an internationally recognised benchmark of excellence as well as a vital element of UK training. The Final FRCR Part A examination, consisting of single best answer (SBA) questions, builds on the First examination to assess the knowledge and skills developed across the breadth of the curriculum during oncology training.

Examiners join the committee which is responsible for ensuring that the examination meets the needs of the approved radiology training curriculum and meet standards set by the GMC.

Working practices

Examiners are required to dedicate approximately five days per year, including three days for question writing and two days for standard setting. Examination Committee meetings will be factored into these days.

Examiners are expected to produce a minimum of 30 questions each year

Role tasks

Examiners have a range of responsibilities including:

  • Writing, reviewing and editing single-best-answer questions, ensuring that they are based on the approved curriculum
  • Selecting questions to make up papers as required and checking that each paper appropriately assesses knowledge across the curriculum
  • Standard-setting each paper and setting a pass mark
  • Reviewing the performance of individual questions and rejecting or modifying questions when appropriate
  • Reviewing the pattern of performance of the examination over to time to ensure standards are maintained and identifying areas for improvement
  • Reviewing and agreeing the final examination papers

Person specification

Knowledge and qualifications

Applicants must:

  • Be Fellows of the RCR in good standing
  • 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


  • Applicants are expected to be in a substantive consultant post within an approved UK training programme
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate previous involvement in teaching and training, and, if possible, assessment

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
  • Able to work together as part of a coherent and effective team
  • Able to take and give constructive criticism when discussing, reviewing and refining questions
  • Examiners are bound by the Code of Conduct and Compact. They are also expected to demonstrate adherence to the College values.


  • Must be supported by two Fellows of the College, who have held substantive consultant oncologist posts within an approved UK training programme for at least three years
  • 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 site specialised interests, clinical practice backgrounds and the distribution of UK training programmes