Postgraduate medical team receives recognition for medical exams


We were proud to hear that our Postgraduate Medical Education Team has been presented with a plaque by the Royal College of London in recognition of their help in running its prestigious medical exams.

We are one of a number of national sites chosen to stage the Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) practical assessment of clinical examination skills (PACES) exams. Which we have impressively been doing since 2002!

We already have a plaque from the Royal College of Edinburgh, so this recognition from the Royal College of London is testimony to the hard work and skill of everyone in our Postgraduate team.

Candidates from all over the world apply to sit the exams, as they are an essential qualification for hospital doctors to become members of the Royal College.

Led by Vicky Williamson and Lisa Shaw, the team works closely with Dr John Kurian and Dr Habib Akbani, who are our local hosts for the London exams. Vicky said: “We all really enjoy hosting the exams.

“It’s always an extremely busy time but it shows how well we work as a team. Our patient volunteers are fantastic and the great feedback we get from the examiners and candidates means a lot to everyone.

“For these exams we use real patients who are happy to volunteer, and a number of them have been coming for a long time.”

Dr John Kurian added that the exams were an opportunity to showcase our educational facilities and the importance we place on career development.

The team is always on the lookout for new patients to add to its database. If you know a patient you think would be suitable and who would be happy to help, please contact

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‘Praised by the Royal College; Habib and John with the wider Education team’

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