The MRCP(UK) is a highly regarded international benchmark of
clinical excellence and relies heavily upon the voluntary support
of Fellows of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK (Edinburgh,
Glasgow and London) in acting as examiners to ensure its delivery.
Examiners are experienced clinicians who are responsible for
assessing candidates undergoing the Practical Assessment of Clinical
Examination Skills (PACES) component of the MRCP(UK) examination.
Examining in PACES is recognised by participating examiners
as an excellent source of CPD and is recognised for external
CPD points. It is also recognised by most Health Boards and NHS
Trusts as a supporting professional activity for consultant staff.
Examining opportunities in the UK
The RCPE has experienced a significant increase in demand for
PACES places following the announcement that possession of the
MRCP(UK) diploma will become the mandatory requirement for entry
into ST3 in all of the medical specialties from August 2011 and
is seeking to recruit more examiners to participate in PACES.
Examiners must be prepared to make themselves available at least
3 days a year (not necessarily consecutive) to carry out examining
To be eligible for PACES examining in the UK, you should -
- be a Fellow of one of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of
- be practising in some aspect of general medicine
- have evidence of an interest or regular participation in
If you would like to learn more about examining please contact
Lindy Tedford on 0131-225-7324 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Completed forms should be returned to The Examinations Department,
RCPE, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ.
Dr Neil Dewhurst
(and former Medical Director of MRCP(UK))