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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness


Higher Trainee Rep vacancies

The College wishes to appoint Higher Trainee Representatives (trainee in at least 2nd year of training or ST5-6) for a number of vacancies in the MRCPsych Examinations Unit.

The examinations consist of two written papers (Papers A and B) and a Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) examination. Applications for the following positions are now open:

Quality Assurance Fellow

The post is open to Higher Trainees and the tenure is for one year. The post-holder will report to the Quality Assurance Lead, who is a member of the Education Sub-Committee which is responsible in turn to the Education and Training Committee.

The post holder will work with the Quality Assurance Lead to ensure the questions set are fair to candidates. To do this the post-holder will assist in developing methods to assess existing questions reliably. The post holder would also expected to facilitate focused Question Writing Days and ensure questions are mapped and blue-printed and meet the high standards of the MRCPsych examination.

This initiative seeks to place the College at the forefront of ensuring fairness in written examinations and would be suitable to candidates interested in Medical Education and Medical Education research.

The successful candidate will have agreed the dedication of one day per week Special Interest time with their Educational Supervisor and Program Director in accordance with their local policy. The College will reimburse travel expenses as determined by College policy.

Examinations Sub-Committee

The Examinations Sub-Committee is responsible to the Education and Training Committee, but has delegated powers for setting standards for the Membership examination, administering and making Examination regulations; and overseeing examination activities, to ensure of appropriate standard and aligned to strategic objectives.

The post is voluntary and appointees will be expected to attend at least 3 meetings per year, expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with College policy. The post will be for two years.

 Paper A Panel, Paper B Clinical Topics Panel and CASC Panel

The exam panels are responsible for producing questions for the examinations question bank, from which questions are selected for the MRCPsych written examinations and CASC. The Panels also meet after the examination to review individual item analysis/station performance.

The post is voluntary and appointees will be expected to attend at least 50% of panel meetings per year and submit new questions. Expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with College policy. The post will be for two years.

These positions will appeal to those who have some experience and an interest in assessment processes, and a commitment to ensuring our assessment methods meet the highest standards. This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with the college.

Applications should be received by 5pm on Tuesday 24 January. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 14 February at the College headquarters, 21 Prescot Street, London E18BB. For full details on eligibility and how to apply, please see the guidance here.


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