MRCPCH/DCH Foundation of Practice (FOP) Exam Preparation: resources and support for overseas candidates



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  • Candidates for the FOP exam

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This online resource page has been designed specifically to help international candidates tackle the areas those who have previously taken the FOP exam have found most difficult.

Under each section below, you will find a range of resources linked to key learning objectives in the syllabus that will help improve your knowledge and understanding of the topics assessed in the FOP exam.

If you are a UK candidate, you are more than welcome to utilise the resources on this page. However it has been specifically developed for overseas candidates who may not have direct experience of working in the NHS and may need additional support to identify key resources.

Below is the introduction video to this resource page, filmed by Dr Priya Kumar, and our “What to expect from the FOP exam” presentation, presented by Dr Mithilesh Lal. Dr Kumar will explain how to get the best out of this resource page and Dr Lal will take you through the exam and how to approach it.



Please view the below presentation slides in “slideshow” mode to hear Dr Lal presenting.

What to expect from the FOP exam and how to approach your exam – recorded presentation by Dr Mithilesh Lal


19/02/21 – It has been brought to our attention that NICE’s Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKSs) can only be accessed outside the UK via a third party paid-for subscription therefore these links have now been removed.

The RCPCH gives special thanks to our FOP leads –

  • Dr Priya Kumar – Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Clinical Director at London North West University Healthcare Trust. RCPCH FOP theory and clinical examiner.
  • Dr Mithilesh Lal – Consultant Neonatologist and Clinical Director for Neonatal services at South Tees Foundation NHS Trust. RCPCH senior clinical examiner & Chair of Foundation Of Practice exam boards

RCPCH Exams Preparation Education Team

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Continued Professional Development (CPD)

As of 1st September 2016 the Revalidation and CPD team of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health no longer allocates a number CPD credits to courses or events. The removal of credits associated with events allows delegates to record the educational benefit of the activity through written reflection, in contrast to quantifying the significance based on the time duration of the course. This is in accordance with changes made to the CPD Scheme guidelines published in April 2016.

Detailed information and scheme guidance can be found on the RCPCH website

When recording the activity, delegates should focus on the reflection and detail the following:

  • What did you learn?
  • What effect has/will the learning had/have on your current practice?
  • What further learning or action, if any, is needed as a result of the original learning activity?

Should you have any questions regarding the removal of credits, please feel free to contact the CPD team

If you use the RCPCH CPD Diary, you can click here to visit the diary and record your learning: Log your learning on the RCPCH CPD Diary


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