Role description: Final FRCR (Part B) Examiner in Clinical Oncology

Role description and person specification

Final FRCR (Part B) Examiner in Clinical Oncology

Applications will close on 14 May

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Responsible to: Final FRCR (Part B) Examination Board

Term of office: Six 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 clinical and oral assessments, builds on the First examination, and the Final Part A examination, to assess the knowledge and skills developed during clinical oncology training.

Examiners join the Board which is responsible for ensuring that the examination meets the needs of the approved clinical oncology training curriculum and meet standards set by the GMC

Working Practices

Examiners attend four all day meetings per year for combinations of Board meetings, question review and standard setting.

Examiners need to devote time to the writing of examination questions, and contribute these between meetings.

They also examine for five days (including a Saturday) twice a year, currently at both the Spring and Autumn sittings, which are usually held in the third or fourth weeks of April and October.

A period of time during the first year is spent gaining familiarity with the examination procedures and contributing to the development of material, before beginning active face-to-face examining.

Role Tasks

Examiners have a range of responsibilities including:

  • Writing, reviewing and editing questions, ensuring that they are based on the approved curriculum
  • Conducting the oral and clinical examinations and awarding marks
  • 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

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
  • Be able to devote time to question selection, standard setting, preparing for examinations, examining candidates and attending Board and other examination-related meetings


  • Applicants must have held a substantive consultant clinical oncologist post within an approved UK training scheme for at least five years prior to appointment
  • 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
  • Enthusiastic and able to work in as part of a coherent and effective team
  • Able to take and give constructive criticism when discussing, reviewing and refining examination material
  • 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