Declining to be interviewed

If you've been asked to give an interview, but aren't sure whether you have enough recent knowledge of the doctor’s practice, please discuss your concerns with us before agreeing to take part.

If you have any questions, we'll be happy to talk through the process with you.

Can you decline to be interviewed?

We can’t make anyone be interviewed. When deciding whether to take part, remember that we're asking you to help with an objective assessment. You will help the assessment team get a full picture of the doctor’s professional performance and reach a fair conclusion.

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals should also consider whether they have a professional obligation to take part. Good medical practice says doctors ‘must cooperate with formal inquiries and complaints procedures, and must offer all relevant information….’ (paragraph 73). The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Code says nurses and midwives must ‘cooperate with all investigations and audits. This includes investigations or audits either against you or relating to others, whether individuals or organisations’ (paragraph 23).