Do you need to prepare for an assurance assessment?

You are being assessed in the job you do, or have done, so there should be no need for special preparation.

We don't provide past papers or endorse any courses. But we advise that you to read the information on the instruments that will comprise your assessment and about how you will be assessed so that you know what to expect.

If you will be sitting tests of competence this short video, filmed in our assessment centre, will give you an idea of what to expect when you visit the centre.

You will be assessed against the standards described in our core guidance, Good medical practice. You should be familiar with this publication and the more detailed guidance. We provide some online resources to help build your understanding of our guidance, which you may find helpful.

You should also be familiar with the laws, regulations and guidelines relevant to your work. However, the assessment process focuses on your ability to apply knowledge to the care of patients rather than how well you can remember and recite facts.

What to bring to the assessment

You don't need to bring anything with you to the assessment, although we do recommend you bring something to keep yourself occupied during the breaks (and don’t forget your reading glasses). You can't take reference material or devices into any tests. For some tests you will be provided with reference material eg a BNF (British National Formulary), growth chart or set of normal values.