Communications for UK based candidates
Communications for UK based candidates
This advice only applies to the domestic UK examination
We were very sad to learn of the news that Dr Tapan Banerjee passed away recently after contracting COVID-19. Dr Banerjee was a physician at the Medical Research Institute in Kolkata and was a huge supporter of MRCP(UK) in India. He was one of the first Indian PACES examiners when MRCP(UK) opened its first centre there in Chennai. He subsequently examined in both Kolkata and Chennai. He was a warm personality and was held in high esteem by all those who worked alongside him.
Applications for the 2020/3 MRCP(UK) Part 2 open on Monday 10 August.
The application period for the 2020/3 diet of PACES in the UK will open on Monday 20 July 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a limited number of spaces in this diet. As a result, we are unable to accept applications from candidates who are not currently living/working in the UK.
Applications for MRCP(UK) PACES diet 2020/3 are now open. Unfortunately, many of our international centres are unable to run PACES exams in the upcoming diet due to the ongoing global impact of COVID-19.
Some of the centres expected to run in the upcoming diet will not be accepting new applicants as they prioritise spaces to candidates who were allocated to a previously cancelled exam.
The centres currently expected to run in the upcoming diet are:
We understand that the cancelation of exams due to the COVID-19 situation has had an impact on many candidates and their plans to complete the MRCP(UK) diploma.
The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is pleased to confirm that MRCP(UK) clinical and written examinations will recommence from this Autumn, both in the UK and internationally, dependent on the impact of COVID-19 in each country and in accordance with their latest policies on travel, social distancing and infection control. All examination dates will be confirmed as soon as possible and we will provide candidates with further details and guidance on how things will run on the day ahead of their exam date.
Restarting PACES in the UK
As our staff continue to work from home during the current social distancing restrictions, we wish to advise candidates that the three Royal Colleges of Physicians and the Federation are unable to issue MRCP(UK) diplomas.
In the interim, we will continue to process forms of faith and candidates can request a verification letter which we are able to produce without the need for staff to access offices. Please email the relevant Royal College, including your RCP code or GMC number, to request this.
The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is focussed on restarting all assessments; MRCP(UK) Parts 1 & 2, PACES and Specialty Certificate Examinations, in September as currently scheduled. We have been working closely with our third party providers to find new dates for the SCE's and European specialty examinations that were cancelled early in the pandemic and are pleased to confirm these have now been rearranged.
The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is pleased to announce that new dates have been confirmed for those Specialty Certificate Examinations (SCE’s) and European Specialty Examinations that were cancelled earlier this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have been working closely with our third party partners to confirm these dates and ensure the examinations can be delivered for the rest of 2020, and beyond if necessary, in accordance with the relevant local, national and international guidance on physical distancing.
The registration period for the 2020/3 MRCP(UK) Part 1 written examination will open on Monday 8 June 2020. The examination is expected to take place on 15 September 2020.
We are pleased to advise candidates that we plan to start releasing PACES results from UK centres from the week commencing 1 June. Candidates will be contacted by the relevant examinations team to inform them when their results will be available to view. We aim to have released all the outstanding results by the end of that week. We would like to thank candidates for their patience and understanding as we have worked to deliver these results under the UK government’s social restrictions.
It has come to our attention that messages have recently been circulated via the messaging service WhatsApp and Facebook inviting people to become members of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, UK. We would like to make it clear that we do not communicate to candidates via any mobile apps regarding obtaining membership and/or MRCP(UK) licensing. Messages such as these are fraudulent and should not be responded to.
Due to the UK government’s guidance that was announced on 23 March against all but essential travel due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there will unfortunately be a delay to the uploading of PACES results to candidates ‘MyMRCP’ online accounts as the process requires our staff to physically scan results into equipment based in the offices.
As a consequence of the ongoing global COVID-19 situation, the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK has taken the extremely difficult but necessary decision to cancel all MRCP(UK) examinations in the UK and internationally from Monday 16 March until September 2020.
Due to an IT systems issue, candidates may be temporarily unable to view their exam results in their MRCP(UK) online accounts. We are currently working to correct this and will update this page once systems have been restored. We are sorry for any inconvenience this is causing candidates.