Chair of Board of Examiners

Posted on: Monday 17 October 2022

Closing: Thursday 29 February 2024 12:00

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Seeking Chair of FPM’s Board of Examiners

The Board of Examiners is responsible for the conduct of all examinations held by FPM.  A chair is sought to lead all Board of Examiners activities. Existing BoE members and FPM Members and Fellows with relevant experience are invited to apply.

The Chair of The Board of Examiners is an important leadership role, leading the output of the Board of Examiners. The successful candidate will work closely with the Board of Examiners and with the Chair and members of the Education and Standards Committee. The successful candidate will be supported by FPM staff.

Overview of the responsibilities of Board of Examiners

The Board of Examiners is responsible for the conduct of all examinations held by FPM.  These include the Examinations for the Diploma and Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM/CPM), the Diploma and Certificate in Human Pharmacology (D/CHP) and the Diploma in Experimental Therapeutics (DET) in accordance with regulations agreed by the Board of the Faculty.

The day-to-day management of the Diploma and Certificate in Pharmaceutical Medicine (DPM/CPM) is conducted by the Officers of the Board of Examiners (OBoE).

The day-to-day management of the Diploma and Certificate in Human Pharmacology (D/CHP) and the Diploma in Experimental Therapeutics (DET) is conducted by the D/CHP/DET Examination Group.

The Education and Standards Manager provides administrative support for the activities of all sections of the Board of Examiners.

The responsibilities of the Officers of the the Board of Examiners (OBoE) include:

  • Establishing, reviewing regularly and revising as necessary the process documents such as candidate Guidance Notes and examination packs and Examination Regulations. For the DPM this may include obtaining the required approval of any changes from the General Medical Council (GMC).
  • Confirming eligibility of candidates for the examination.
  • Setting examination papers and model/core answers, writing, selecting and editing questions provided by members of the Board of Examiners, ensuring that the syllabus is covered appropriately.
  • Setting the pass mark using criterion-referenced standard setting procedures.
  • Conducting the examinations, marking and adjudication.
  • Identifying and training new examiners and maintaining the size of the Board and its pool of expertise.

This vacancy has expired.

Main responsibilities of the Chair of the Board of Examiners

Supported by OBoE, and the D/CHP/DET Examination Group, ensuring that the Board of Examiners executes all its responsibilities

  • Chairing:
    • Meetings of OBoE (approximately 10 each year, may be in person or via video conference)
    • Standard setting meetings (2 per year)
    • Pre-adjudication meeting for CPM and DPM
    • Annual General Meeting of the full Board of Examiners
  • Checking minutes of meetings before distribution
  • Preparation and presentation of an Annual Report to the Board of the FPM
  • Communication with candidates of the results of the examination
  • Addressing requests for information from the Appeals Panel as needed
  • Ensuring provision of adequate training to members of the Board of Examiners
  • Attendance at and ex-officio member of:
    • Education and Standards Committee
    • Fellowship and Awards Committee
    • Co-opted member of the Pharmaceutical Medicine Speciality Advisory Committee
  • Contribute to the strategic development of assessment in FPM

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The method of appointment is open advertisement from the membership of BoE of the FPM of Pharmaceutical Medicine. A person specification is provided below. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to meet an appointment committee which will be chaired by FPM’s Vice President.


Committee members normally serve for a period of three years. This can be extended to a maximum of six years if re-appointed.

Time Commitment

Approximately 2 days per month on average, which is comprised of one full day per month for meetings plus work outside the meetings as detailed above in responsibilities.

Code of Conduct

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Ensure that the confidentiality of examination materials, candidate information and the proceedings of meetings at which examination papers or other tests are set or at which the results of examinations are considered, is respected at all times.


The Chair of the Board of Examiners is a volunteer position and as such is an unremunerated role, however, FPM will reimburse travel and subsistence costs arising from reasonable attendance at FPM meetings and events under the terms of the FPM’s Expense Claim Policy.

Person specification

As part of your application, please provide details and examples of how you meet these criteria:


  • Be a current Fellow or Member of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine, in good standing
  • Current/Previous Member of the FPM Board of Examiners or with demonstrable contribution to examinations setting gained in another educational environment
  • Be registered with an in good standing with the GMC
  • Be actively involved in any aspect of pharmaceutical medicine
  • Hold a licence to practice and currently undergoing revalidation


  • Hold a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT) or Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) in Pharmaceutical Medicine.
  • Hold the DPM exam
  • Be approved as an Educational Supervisor (ES) or Specialty Adviser (SA) or a Revalidation Appraiser

How to apply

Please send your CV with a covering note outlining your relevant experience to

Applications will be considered as they are received.

Deadline for applications: 12:00pm, 31 December 2023

FPM welcomes and actively seeks to recruit people to its activities regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation. FPM aspires to reflect the diversity of its members in all its committee, senior roles and staff in general.

If you have any questions about the role or application process, please email or contact William Booth, Head of Education, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine,