Write questions for the theory exams - join a QSG

If you're a member with MRCPCH, why not join a Question Setting Group (QSG), in your region? Our day-long meetings are a great opportunity to support the next generation of paediatricians, develop your skills and network with new colleagues and old friends.

Opportunity to work with peers from different hospitals and backgrounds... [we were] able to learn from one another. Very interactive session - leads were highly approachable.

Participant at a recent QSG

New questions for the theory exams (Foundation of Practice, Theory & Science and Applied Knowledge in Paediatrics) are written at local QSG meetings. These take place at least once a year in each College region in the UK.

A Senior Theory Examiner or Principal Area Theory (PAT) Lead facilitates the meeting and guides question writers as they work in small groups to produce new questions for our 'banks'. The PAT Lead reviews all questions before submitting them to the College for review. 

If you're a member with MRCPCH, we invite you to get involved! We reimburse all reasonable travel expenses, but cannot cover accommodation costs, and help you prepare with an online tutorial. To register interest, contact eva.nordstrom-amy@rcpch.ac.uk.

QSG dates and PAT Leads in 2019

Region QSG dates 2019 Lead Email
East Midlands TBC Dr Pradip Thakker pradip.thakker@nuh.nhs.uk
London 27 September Dr Richard Nicholl rnicholl@nhs.net
North East England TBC Vacant  
North West England 24 May Dr Rabin Mohanty rabinmohanty@aol.com
Scotland (Aberdeen) TBC Dr Medhat Ezzat m.ezzat@nhs.net
Scotland (Glasgow) TBC Dr Brian Kelly contact: eva.nordstrom-amy@rcpch.ac.uk
Scotland (Edinburgh) TBC Dr Paul Eunson contact: eva.nordstrom-amy@rcpch.ac.uk
South England 8 October Dr Antoinette McAulay antoinette.mcaulay@poole.nhs.uk
Wales 19 June Dr Gillian Body gillian.body@wales.nhs.uk
West Midlands 29 May Dr Chizomam Agwu chizo.agwu@nhs.net

About the questions

You can read more about the theory exam syllabus, but here are some brief points:

  • FOP - The questions comprise primarily conditions that are likely to be seen in the first six to 12 months of hospital, community or primary care practice. This exam focuses on the areas of child health that are relevant to all those who will be working with children in their medical careers, not just those entering mainstream hospital-based paediatrics. FOP also forms the theory component of the Diploma in Child Health (DCH) examination.
  • TAS - The emphasis is to test the basic scientific, physiological and pharmacological principles upon which clinical practice is based.
  • AKP (parts 1 and 2) - This tests judgment and experience. Each paper contains case history, data interpretation and photographic questions.

To register interest, contact eva.nordstrom-amy@rcpch.ac.uk