What is an assurance assessment?

If your practice has been subject to undertakings and there is evidence to suggest they could be lifted, we may ask you to have an assurance assessment. Assurance assessments provide us with objective evidence that the concerns about your performance have been resolved.

You might be ready to have an assurance assessment if:

  • there is evidence of remediation (and your responsible officer or designated body is happy with this)
  • you have kept your medical knowledge up to date and given us evidence of continuing professional development (CPD)
  • your workplace reports have been consistently positive
  • you have completed retraining.

These are examples only and this list is not exhaustive. In June 2021, we published some detailed guidance around the types of evidence that may be accepted in place of an assurance assessment. 

Your assessment will be completed by a team of independent assessors. They'll provide us with a report which will describe your professional performance and give the team’s opinion on your fitness to practise. The team may also make recommendations on the management of your case.  These will be considered but any decisions about the next steps will be taken by us.  

What will be assessed?

You will be assessed in the work you do, or have been doing. Your assurance assessment will focus on the areas of your practice you agreed to address through your undertakings. But the assessors will also gather incidental evidence about other aspects of your practice. If, for example, your record keeping was a known concern, the assessors may choose to review a sample of your clinical notes. During the course of this they would also see examples of how you assess and manage patients. Their report, their opinion on your fitness to practise and their recommendations will be based on all the evidence gathered.