The inaugural plaques were awarded in 2011 to mark the ten year anniversary of PACES. The aim was to recognise those organisations who have been most involved in the examination, hosting a high number of candidates or cycles, and provide an aspirational target to new centres.
Plaques are awarded every three years and are sent with a letter of recognition to the Medical Director, CEO and Host Examiner at each centre, from the MRCP(UK) Medical Director, Clinical Examining Board Chair, and the International Associate Medical Director for international centres.
In order to be eligible, our UK centres must have, in the previous three years, assessed more than 90 candidates or hosted the examination for seven days or more. International centres receive a plaque if they have hosted an examination in the last three years, in recognition of capacity challenges in our overseas centres.
Plaques for 2017 will be distributed to all eligible centres in early 2018.
MRCP(UK) on behalf of the Federation has developed the new PACES Champion awards to honour individuals for their commitment to PACES. One UK and one international recipient will be chosen each year from your nominations.
Nominations can be made by anyone who is involved in PACES including MRCP(UK) staff, Chairs and Hosts – although self-nominations will not be accepted. A nomination form will be made available when nominations open. Examples of individuals who can be nominated include centre support staff, medical professionals or volunteers who do not receive payment for their time.
Nomination can be made under one or more of the following criteria:
a. Overall contribution to PACES
b. Longstanding dedication to PACES
c. Contribution as a team player
d. Positive attitude in supporting PACES
e. Supporting PACES in challenging circumstances
The nomination form includes a section to provide examples of the nominee’s contribution. This statement, and the supporting statement provided by a Senior Examiner, Senior Administrator or the International Associate Medical Director (IAMD), will provide the basis for the judging panel’s decision.
Nominations are now closed for 2017. It is anticipated nominations will open for 2018 in the summer.