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College Assessors - job description


Job title: College Assessor

Term of office: Unlimited

Working with: Medical staffing / human resources department of NHS trusts; College regional advisors and occasionally deputy regional advisors; workforce staff at the College.

Time commitment: At least two AACs per year


The College Assessor is a core and independent member of an Advisory Appointments Committee (AAC). The College Assessor provides a reliable and constructive assessment of the training, qualifications and experience of a candidate to ascertain they have the skills and knowledge to meet the expertise of the post. The College Assessor also offers an impartial opinion at the interview and ensures the standards of practice in psychiatry are maintained.

Job purpose

To attend Advisory Appointment Committees on behalf of the College for the appointment of consultants and specialty doctors. This entails:
  • Being involved in short listing those applicants who meet the required standard for the post and excluding those who don’t (this should take place prior to the day of the AAC);
  • For consultant AACs, ensuring all candidates are registered on the GMCs Specialist Register or are trainees within six months of obtaining their CCT;
  • Playing a full part in ensuring the appointments process is conducted fairly and equal opportunity policy is maintained;
  • Ensuring the current views of the College are represented;
  • Along with other members of the AAC, identifying the most suitable candidate(s) for the post and making a recommendation to the trust;
  • Advising trusts to identify an appropriate mentor for the candidate taking up their first substantive consultant post; and
  • Completing a feedback form to be returned to the College after the AAC panel has taken place.

Person specification

College Assessors will:

  • have a keen interest in maintaining standards of consultant and other career grade psychiatrists; 
  • be willing to express an impartial opinion to ensure the right doctor is appointed to the right post;
  • have a keen interest in maintaining standards in the profession of psychiatry;
  • be on the GMC's specialist register with a licence to practice in the UK;
  • be full, current members of the College and be able to represent the views of the College;
  • have held a substantive consultant post for at least three years;
  • be a good verbal communicator;
  • have access to a working email account; and
  • have the capacity to attend at least two AACs per year.

For further information, please contact:

Training and Workforce
Professional Standards
Royal College of Psychiatrists
21 Prescot Street
London, E1 8BB
Tel:   020 3701 2616
Fax:  020 3701 2761
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