How will you be assessed?

The level you will be assessed at

You will be assessed against the standards described in our core guidance, Good medical practice, and in our more detailed guidance. You will be expected to demonstrate safe and competent performance for the role (and level/grade) at which you are, or were, working.

If you are not working

All registered doctors must abide by Good medical practice, regardless of whether they are currently in clinical practice or hold a licence. You don't need to be working or licensed for an assessment to go ahead. The content and structure of your assessment will be tailored to the circumstances – so if your job or employment status change you should tell us.

Throughout the assessment the assessors will independently record comments, both positive and negative, on their observations in each category. Comments are recorded as either:

Neither you, nor the assessors, are permitted to make an audio or video recording of any part of the assessment.

How will your performance be recorded and graded?

Your performance will be judged in up to eight categories based on the content of Good medical practice.

The assessment team will try to gather evidence in each category that is relevant to your work. The categories are:


Assessment category

Areas that might be assessed

Maintaining professional performance

Developing performance, educational activities, audit, appraisal, keeping up-to-date, knowledge of guidelines and regulations.

Assessment of patients’ condition

History taking, examination, initial investigations and reaching a diagnosis.

Clinical management

Providing treatment, advice or a referral to patients; safety netting, investigations as part of follow-up or ongoing care, and working within the limits of competence.

Operative/technical skills

Surgical skills, non-invasive procedures, giving injections, administering an anaesthetic, slide preparation.

Record keeping

Clearly and accurately recording findings, decisions, actions and information given to patients.

Relationships with Patients (and carers and relatives)

Information sharing, obtaining consent, supporting self-care and treating patients with fairness and respect.

Working with Colleagues

Multi-disciplinary teamwork, leadership, communication (including written), teaching.


Factual information about the context of the doctor’s practice, which will not be judged.