MRCP(UK) PACES examining

The PACES exam (Practical Assessment of Clinical Examination Skills) is the practical component to the MRCP(UK) Examination. It assesses essential skills such as identifying physical skills, communication skills and patient welfare in a clinical setting.

Become a PACES examiner

In order to maintain the high standards of the exam, we are looking for experienced physicians to get involved with examining and supporting PACES.

Becoming an examiner can add an extra perspective to your career: examining is an excellent source of CPD points, and is recognised by most NHS trusts as a supporting professional activity for consultant staff, which will add to your revalidation portfolio.

​By becoming a PACES examiner you will be supporting the RCP in its work in maintaining high standards of medical practice and the continual improvement of patient care. Fellows also value the opportunity to share the company and knowledge of other examiners, and find the work rewarding.


Responsibilities and duties of PACES examiners

Hear from some of our current PACES examiners

Dr Indranil Chakravorty

Consultant in acute and respiratory medicine, St George's Hospital and Medical School; SW London MDECS sector lead for CMT

Dr Indranil Chakravorty MB BS Phd FRCP

Dr Graeme Dewhurst

Consultant Physician with responsibility for the Elderly and Stroke, St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester

Dr Graeme Dewhurst

Dr Fiona Clarke

Consultant rheumatologist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough and tutor on the Masters in Clinical Education course, Newcastle University

Dr Fiona Clarke

Dr Peter Newman

Consultant neurologist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

Paces Examiner Dr Peter Newman


To be considered for appointment as a PACES examiner, you must:

  • Hold MRCP(UK) (desirable)
  • (UK only) Be a Collegiate Member or Fellow in good standing of one of the Royal College of Physicians of the UK
  • (Non-UK only) Hold Fellowship of one of the UK colleges of physicians and be in good standing
  • Be GMC registered with a licence to practise and in good standing (or regulatory equivalent in country of practice)
  • Have been involved with physicians in training within the last two years
  • (UK only) Participate in revalidation, including annual appraisal in current post, and adhere to CPD requirements
  • (UK only) Have undergone equality and diversity training within the past three years
  • Be interested in, but not necessarily expert in, medical assessment
  • Be a Collegiate Members who has achieved the Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT), or be on the specialist register, and be in a substantive consultant post.

Five years on, I still find the work rewarding.

Dr Fiona Clarke

Consultant rheumatologist and PACES examiner

Examiner commitment

Those who meet the criteria to become an examiner will be required to successfully complete PACES examiner training and commit to examine at least six cycles (30 candidates) per annum (averaged over two years), ie a minimum of 2/3 days of examining per year.

Once appointed, examiners must abide by the PACES examiner code of conduct and maintain adherence to the eligibility criteria. You will be asked to confirm this on an annual basis via the MRCP(UK) clinician census. Examiners must also be familiar with the 'Responsibilities and duties of examiners' document, which can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

If you are unable to take part in the required number of cycles over two years, you will be asked to refresh your examiner training.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying to become a PACES Examiner, please email for further information on the application process and for future application period dates.