First FRCR (Physics) Examiner

Role description and person specification

TitleFirst FRCR Examiner 
Responsible toFirst FRCR Examination Committee (Physics) (PEC)
Term of officeFour years with the option for an extension of a further year by mutual agreement

RCR examinations are an internationally recognised benchmark of excellence as well as a vital element of UK training. The Physics examination forms part of the First FRCR and tests the knowledge of physical principles that underpin diagnostic medical imaging.

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 usually meet four times each year (typically in March, June, September and December). The main purpose of these days is to set and finalise question papers, review questions based on their performance, and set the standard required for success at each sitting. Any other committee business will be conducted at the start of each meeting. Time is required between meetings for other work including preparation of questions and quality assurance of each exam.

Role tasks

Examiners have a range of responsibilities including:

  • Writing and reviewing questions in true/false or single-best-answer formats
  • 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

Person specification

Knowledge and qualifications

Applicants must:

  • Be radiologists who are Fellows of the RCR in good standing or be medical physicists working in diagnostic imaging
  • 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 have held a substantive consultant radiologist post within an approved UK training programme for a minimum period (normally at least three years) prior to appointment or to have held an appropriate medical physics role.
  • 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 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 Committee to be as representative as possible of body system specialist interests, clinical practice backgrounds and the distribution of UK training programmes