Role description: First FRCR Examiner in Clinical Oncology

Role description and person specification

First FRCR Examiner in Clinical Oncology

Applications will close on 14 May

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Responsible to: First FRCR Examination Board

Term of office: Five years

RCR examinations are an internationally recognised benchmark of excellence as well as a vital element of UK training. The First FRCR examination assesses knowledge of the sciences that underpin, and are essential to, clinical oncology practice including physics as applied to radiotherapy, radiobiology, cancer biology including molecular biology, the pharmacology of systemic anti-cancer treatments and medical statistics.

Examiners join the Board 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 need to devote time to the writing of questions and contribute these between meetings.

Examiners usually meet twice a year, in late March or early April and in late September for a full day combining examination Board business in the morning and question review and writing in the afternoon.

Examiners will be the ‘designated’ examiner for one of the four modules at every second or third sitting. This involves making a preliminary selection of questions from the established bank and attending a meeting, usually in late May or late November, in order to finalise the question papers.

For each sitting at which they are not a designated examiner, those examiners set the required standard for success.

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 clinical oncologists who are Fellows of the RCR in good standing or be medical statisticians or scientists working in a relevant field.
  • 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 or to be in an appropriate specialist 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 .


  • Clinical oncologists’ applications 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.
  • Specialist examiner applications must be supported by a senior colleague (if appropriate), or other colleague
  • 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