Becoming a member of the MRCGP panel

The RCGP are looking to recruit new AKT member(s) to join its MRCGP panel. Regrettably, we are not considering applications for new CSA examiners at this time.

Potential applicants are asked to read through the Application Forms A and B to ensure that they can meet all the requirements.

Applicants who are successfully shortlisted, but who have not passed the AKT within the past 10 years, will be required to sit the AKT in early March 2020. New Panel members will also be required to attend the MRCGP Training Conference which will most likely take place in Stratford-upon-Avon from 10 to 12 September 2020. Please ensure that you are able to attend before you submit your application.

Applicants for the AKT should submit completed Application Forms A and B, as well as submit five Single Best Answer (SBA) questions on the management of Hypertension.

These questions should reflect an understanding of the different sources of guidance available and the correct answer needs to be valid when checked against each different guidance source. Please ensure to specifically include some questions about any recent changes in national guidance. You should include the correct answer, the reference and justification as shown in the example on Respiratory Health which follows. You may wish to use this style as a template.

A brief item writing guide has been provided to give you some help in the process. This is adapted from the UMAP guide which is used by many UK medical schools and based on the item writing guide of National Board of Medical Examiners.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 pm on Monday 3 February 2020. Please note that questions can take longer to write and refine than you might think and this will be your first deadline. Completed applications should be sent to exams.recruitment@rcgp.org.uk.

Application process

Applications will be anonymised and judged on the following criteria:

  • Question content and accuracy (spelling, grammar, clinical accuracy and referencing)
  • Questions included which test on the changes in national guidance
  • Single best answer style (following the item writing guide)
  • Clinical knowledge (judged by the submitted questions and AKT score)
  • Meeting the deadline
  • Personal statement (long-term commitment and regular attendance)

In the event of several applicants fulfilling the above criteria in equal measure, and as part of our commitment to diversity, additional consideration may be given to ethnicity and geographic location of applicants within the UK.

Selection process

Note the following relevant dates: If shortlisted to become an Examiner, you will need to ensure you are available for the AKT re-sit (if applicable) and Examiner Conference.

You will need to re-sit the AKT examination if you passed it over 10 years ago.

Event Date(s) Location
Shortlist released; details of AKT re-sit (where required) sent to shortlisted candidates  Week commencing Monday 17 February 2020
AKT re-sit sessions Monday 2 to Friday 6 March 2020 PV test centres
Examiner Conference (mandatory attendance) Wednesday 9 (evening) to Friday 11 September 2020

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

 

Please feel free to contact exams.recruitment@rcgp.org.uk for further information.

Additional information

Background

The RCGP is responsible for the development and delivery of the MRCGP, the licensing assessment for independent practice as a GP in the UK. The MRCGP has three components: the Applied Knowledge Test (AKT), the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) and Workplace Based Assessment (WBPA).

The RCGP is committed to a fair, robust and transparent process for the selection of MRCGP examiners in line with Academy of Medical Royal College and General Medical Council (GMC) Requirements. Vacancies within the panel of examiners are advertised only when they arise, typically dependent on the number of retirements within the year. The invitation to submit applications is normally advertised in January of the year in which recruitment occurs, the next one being January 2020. A waiting list is not maintained. The RCGP values diversity and is committed to recruiting examiners from as broad a base as possible. Equality and diversity data is routinely collected about examiners and the RCGP will take steps where necessary to encourage applications from underrepresented groups on the panel. MRCGP examiners are an important education and training resource for deaneries/LETBs and the College also seeks to ensure appropriate representation of examiners where possible throughout the four nations.

Payment and expenses

A fee for the provision of professional services (£440/day with effect from 1 April 2019) is payable for attendance at AKT standard setting, the annual training conference, training days and other meetings. Members of the panel receive reimbursement of their travel and subsistence costs (at the prevailing rates in the RCGP’s expenses policy) for all examination commitments.

Complaints

Candidates have a right to pursue a complaint about the selection process including any alleged unlawful discrimination but cannot complain or appeal against the academic judgment of the assessors. All complaints will be adjudicated by the Chief Examiner and Head of Examinations or their deputies.

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