FFPMRCA Examinerships

Appointment of FFPMRCA Examiners and Question Writers

The application window to appoint new FFPMRCA examiners is now OPEN. All applications to be submitted by 5pm Wednesday 29 June 2022.

The requirement for Appointments to the court of examiners or for question writers of the FFPMRCA examination shall be reviewed annually with recruitment activated as required by the BFPM with advice from the Executive.  The size of the Court or the requirement to appoint question writers shall be determined by the BFPM on the advice of the Executive.  Appointments shall be made for such a period as the BFPM may from time to time decide.

Details of the selection process and vacancies for the following academic year shall be openly advertised on this webpage, and in such other publications as the Executive may decide,in sufficient time for a list of nominations to be presented to the BFPM by a date that it shall from time to time decide.
 

Applications

The applicant should complete the application form in order to demonstrate that they meet all essential criteria  as set out in the Person Specification (PS).  The role of an examiner is set out in the Job Description (JD), and can also be found Appendix B of the FFPMRCA Examination (Appointment of Examiner and Question Writers) document , along with the PS which is Appendix A.  

Completed application forms, including the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion form should be submitted to contact@fpm.ac.uk.  A CV is not required.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is an integral part of our culture at the FPM, so it is important to us that this is reflected in our recruitment practices.  We strongly encourage applications from individuals of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and perspectives to ensure we maintain an inclusive culture that encourages, supports and celebrates our differences.

Examiner specification  

Applicants shall be assessed against the FFPMRCA Examiner/Question Writer (as applicable) PS and in addition, throughout their term of examinership or as a question writer, examiners/question writers are expected to adhere to the duties and responsibilities set out in the FFPMRCA Examiner/Question Writer JD.  The PS and JD for examiners and question writers can be found below and at Appendix A to E of the FFPMRCA Examination (Selection and Appointment of Examiners and Question Writers) Regulations, also below.

Selection Procedure

After the closing date for applications the Executive will compile a list of applicants who in their judgement, meet the criteria as listed in the PS.  Applicants rejected at this stage will be informed in writing of the reasons why, and if appropriate, will be invited to re-apply when they become eligible.

Full details of the selection process can be found in Section 4 of the FFPMRCA Examination (Selection and Appointment of Examiners and Question Writers Regulations) document.

Term of Examinership and Committment

New examiners will be expected to complete no less than 6 years and no more than 12 years an examiner and able to commit to at least 7 days per academic year or part time equivalent and has the support of their Trust to achieve this.

Please see the  below table for dates of examination and standard setting meetings:

  FFPMRCA MCQ FFPMRCA SOE 
Examination date Wed 24 Aug 2022 Wed 08 Feb 2023 Tues 11 Oct 2022 Tues 18 April 2023
Standard setting meeting Wed 07 Sept 2022 Wed 22 Feb 2023 Wed 12 Oct 2022 Wed 19 April 2023

Probationary Year

New examiners shall initially be appointed for a probationary period (including a minimum of two examinations). 

Training 

No examiner will take up his/her appointment until he/she has successfully completed a period of training approved by the BFPM.  Training for newly appointed FFPMRCA examiners is Tuesday 11 October 2022.  

Those who cannot attend will not be able to examine in that academic year.

Mandatory training includes principles of assessment and taking part in mock exams. Before taking part independently, the examiner elect must observe the SOE Clinical and Science components of the examination.

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