Diploma in Geriatric Medicine knowledge-based assessment lead

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is seeking to appoint a new Diploma in Geriatric Medicine (DGM) knowledge-based assessment (KBA) lead.

The DGM is developed and delivered by the RCP Assessment Unit on behalf of the RCP and British Geriatrics Society. The DGM examination currently takes place as one knowledge-based assessment (KBA) and two clinical assessment periods annually. The KBA is a three-hour, 100 single best answer, assessment, whilst the clinical examination is a four station OSCE.

Remit and responsibilities

The DGM KBA lead has the responsibility to ensure that DGM KBAs are conducted appropriately and in line with the approved regulations, wider regulatory frameworks (e.g. Equality Act, GDPR) and applicable RCP procedures throughout the lifecycle of the assessment process, including for example:

  • Chairing the DGM question paper review group (QPRG) to ensure that DGM KBAs are blueprinted and standard set on time and in line with the examination regulations and RCP Assessment Unit procedures
  • Reviewing results of KBAs and providing sign-off for their release to candidates
  • Chairing the DGM KBA question writing group to produce relevant new content on a regular basis and review existing scenarios as appropriate
  • Supporting the RCP Assessment Unit in the selection, appointment, and periodical review of KBA question writers
  • Attending the DGM Development Group, as well as other working groups dedicated to the development of the DGM
  • Be a member of the DGM Examination Board
  • Be involved in the process of candidate appeals and complaints relating to the DGM KBA.


We offer the opportunity to network with colleagues, keep your knowledge up-to-date, take part in challenging discussions, be involved with the next generation of healthcare professionals working with older people, promote multidisciplinary working and continuing professional development.

By getting involved you can shape the future of the DGM KBA.

This is a non-salaried position, though all reasonable expenses and travel costs will be met by the Education Department in line with the RCP expenses policy.

The tenure of the appointment is three years, with the potential for extension as appropriate, particularly in cases of long-term absence (illness or maternity leave, for example), or to ensure orderly succession planning. Any extensions will be at the discretion of the RCP Assessment Unit.


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

  • Hold current statutory registration with the relevant regulator - normally the General Medical Council (GMC), Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or Health & Care Professions’ Council (HCPC), or the Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR) in the case of physician associates*
  • Be in good standing with their regulatory body (or the Faculty of Physician Associates in the case of physician associates)
  • Be able to demonstrate the following level of clinical experience:
    • Doctors should hold MRCP(UK)/MRCGP/MRCPsych (or equivalent) and have at least three years’ experience in working as a consultant or specialist (SAS) in Geriatric Medicine, an old age psychiatrist or a general practitioner. Working with older people should represent a significant proportion of their clinical workload
    • Advanced clinical practitioners should have completed a relevant qualification (a masters degree or equivalent) and have gained at least five years’ clinical experience in working with older people in a significant proportion of their clinical workload after obtaining advanced practitioner status
    • Physician associates should have completed a relevant qualification (a masters degree or equivalent) and at least seven years’ experience in working with older people in a significant proportion of their clinical workload.
  • Be actively engaged in the training of junior practitioners to provide high quality person-centred care for older people
  • Be up-to-date as appropriate with relevant national guidelines, CPD requirements, employer’s equality and diversity training and appraisal process
  • Previous experience as a DGM examiner and/or board/committee member is desirable but not essential as full training will be provided.

*This is a temporary provision until statutory regulation of physician associates is complete and members of the PAMVR have transferred to the GMC register.

Time commitment

The DGM KBA lead has membership of the following groups:

  • DGM Exam Board - One half-day per year
  • DGM Development Group - One half-day per year, split across two meetings
  • DGM QPRG (Chair) – One day per year, split across two meetings
  • DGM Question Writing Group (Chair) – A maximum of two days per year.**

Overall time commitment: Five days per year.***

All meetings are held virtually via Microsoft Teams.

This may be split into full and/or half days as appropriate.**
Including any ad-hoc tasks, for example attending appeal/misconduct hearings.***

How to apply

Applications, including a CV and one-page covering letter outlining your suitability for the post, should be submitted for the attention of Steven Ansty via: assessment.unit@rcp.ac.uk by 09:00 UK time on 13 May 2024.

For an informal discussion regarding the role please contact Steven Ansty, Head of Development and Standards, on the above email address, or via: 0151 318 1888.

The RCP positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.