Guidance for performance assessors

Standards for performance assessors

Handbook for performance assessors

You can find further information in the Guidance and Forms folder in GMC Connect.

This includes:

  • associate update – current and back issues of the newsletter
  • user guides
  • templates for your reports and other guidance.

If you need any further guidance on your role, please contact our Associate Appraisal and Training team.

Telephone: 0161 240 8282

How we appoint you to a team

We aim to make the allocation of work as fair as possible. We keep a record of the dates of the assessments done and we use this information to contact assessors on a rotating basis. However, there are other factors that we need to take into account.

We'll normally appoint a team leader first. In choosing a team leader we usually give priority to those who:

  • are in the same specialty as the doctor
  • are a newly trained team leader waiting to put their training in to practice.

The team leader will choose the dates of the assessment within a timeframe set by us. Once a team leader is appointed and we know the dates, we'll contact medical assessors who work in the same specialty as the doctor. If the team leader also works in the same speciality as the doctor, we usually appoint one medical assessor. If they don’t, we will appoint two. In choosing medical assessors we will consider:

  • your specialty and grade, and whether you have the relevant experience to assess the doctor’s work
  • the experience of the team leader - we try to avoid appointing teams where the team leader and the medical assessor are new to their roles.

Sometimes medical assessors with the relevant experience are not available in our pool. In this circumstance, we usually approach the royal college and seek their assistance with finding doctors working in the same field as the doctor under assessment. New medical assessors receive training before taking part in an assessment.

In appointing the lay assessor we will consider how experienced the other assessors are. If other members of the team are new to their role, we may approach our most experienced lay assessors or those with experience of training other assessors first. 

We try to contact you individually when setting up the assessment team. Sometimes we have to contact more than one assessor in the initial email because of time restrictions. If you are asked to take part in an assessment, please respond to us within two days – an expression of interest is enough. If we don't hear from you within two days, we'll approach another assessor.