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Members of the Palliative Medicine Specialty Certificate Standard Setting Group

The Association of Palliative Medicine and the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK are seeking to appoint two members to the Palliative Medicine SCE Standard Setting Group.

The successful applicants will attend meetings of the Standard Setting Group and will advise on the pass mark to be applied to the Examination paper. Members will be responsible for evaluating the level of difficulty of each question in an examination paper in order to set a pass mark; ensuring that the quality of individual questions is high and that the Examination questions are of an appropriate standard; and keeping abreast of developments in the world of medical education and medical practice ensuring that the examination papers are relevant to the curriculum.

A full list of the post’s responsibilities is set out in: The Responsibilities and Duties of Members of the Part 1, Part 2 and Speciality Certificate Examining Boards. In addition a copy of the remit and responsibilities of the examining board can be found on the MRCP(UK) website.

Applicants should meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply:

  • hold the MRCP(UK) or an equivalent postgraduate diploma
  • be practising as a specialist in palliative medicine, and a member or fellow of one of the three Colleges
  • be registered with a licence to practise and in good standing on the GMC specialist register
  • be actively engaged in the training of junior doctors in the UK (or within the last two years)
  • be up-to-date as appropriate with relevant national guidelines, CPD requirements, employer’s equality and diversity training and appraisal process.

In addition it is a requirement for members of the Palliative Medicine SCE Standard Setting Group that they fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

  • Be a member of the Question Writing Group or the appropriate Examining Board
  • Have considerable knowledge of the examination
  • Have experience of standard setting and question writing in an academic environment
  • Have an understanding of the principles behind criterion referencing and the Hofstee method, statistical methods used and interpretation of analyses performed on individual items.

This is a non-salaried position though all reasonable expenses and travel costs will be met by MRCP(UK) Central Office in line with the Federation expenses policy. The tenure of the appointment is five years.

Expressions of interest (including a brief CV and a maximum of a single side single of A4 outlining your suitability for the post) should be submitted to the Policy Officer policy.officer@mrcpuk.org  by 17:00pm 11 August 2017.

All applications will be considered by a panel consisting of the Chair and representatives of the Examining Board and Standard Setting Group

Post: Hospice Speciality Doctor/GPwSI
Hours: Full/Part-time or Sessional
Salary: Speciality Doctor/GPwSI rates

Applications are invited to apply for this unique opportunity to experience working in one of the most innovative and pioneering hospices in the UK.

With a state of the art facility (opened in May 2016) and a new palliative Education and Research Institute, Northern Ireland Hospice is committed to excellence in specialist palliative care, research that makes a difference and education programmes that develop skills in generalists across the UK, Ireland and internationally. If successful, you will be welcomed by a strong multi-disciplinary team committed to caring for patients and to supporting colleagues as we work together. The Hospice offers attractive terms and conditions.

For further information regarding the post or to arrange a Hospice tour please contact Dr Kiran Kaur or Dr Clare White on 02890 781836. To apply please contact the HR Department on T: 028 90781836, E: HR@nihospice.org or visit the Careers section of our website for an application pack www.nihospice.org/careers

Closing Date for the receipt of all Applications is Friday 28 July 2017. Interviews are scheduled to take place on Tuesday 8 August 2017.

Member of the Palliative Medicine Specialty Certificate Examining Board

The Association of Palliative Medicine and the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK are seeking to appoint one member to the Palliative Medicine SCE Board. The successful applicant will assist the Chair and Medical Secretary in the running of the SCE to ensure that all academic objectives and standards set by the General Medical Council are met; attend annual meetings of the Board, convened to set examination papers; review candidate performance in the most recent diet; assist with the development of the SCE; act on the advice of the MRCP(UK) Management Board and Examining Boards on policy and academic matters relating to the Examinations; and support MRCP(UK) Central Office on the delivery of the Examinations.

For further details

See https://www.mrcpuk.org/get-involved-examiners/how-become-involved for the appointment overview and duties and responsibilities

Closing Date Friday 26th June 2017