What happens after the assessment?

You won't get any feedback on your performance at any point during the assessment. 

After the assessment, the team leader drafts a report, based on the comments recorded by the assessment team and results of any tests of competence. The draft report, including the findings and recommendations, is discussed and agreed by the whole team.

Due to the volume of data gathered, it will take the team at least several weeks to produce their report. They'll be able to give you an indication of how long it will take at the end of your assessment. 

The assessment team will submit their report to us. We'll share it with you and your legal representative as soon as we can. 

We will prepare the case for consideration by a decision maker. They will base their decision on all of the available information, not just the assessors’ recommendations.

The assessors’ report

The report should describe your professional performance in a fair and balanced way. It will be divided in to four sections.

1. Formal opinion

The assessment team are asked to answer the following questions.

  • Has the standard of the practitioner's professional performance been deficient?
  • Is the practitioner fit to practise either generally, on a limited basis or not at all?

2. Summary and recommendations

Here the assessors will summarise their findings and how these support the formal opinion they give in section 1. If their opinion is that you are ‘fit to practise on a limited basis’ they will make recommendations for the future management of the case. 

The assessment is of your performance as a whole; poor performance in one element will not necessarily lead to the assessment team recommending that your practice should be restricted. 

3. Conduct of the assessment

This section contains background information on your practice, the assessment team and the conduct of the assessment.

4. Findings

This section describes your performance under the assessment categories with reference to the professional standards described in Good medical practice. Some categories may be excluded because they are not applicable to the work you do or the assessment team could not gather sufficient evidence to reach a conclusion in that category.

Under each category the assessment team will:

  • explain the evidence available to them
  • describe the aspects of your performance which they have found to be acceptable, and any that were unacceptable, and cite examples
  • include the results of relevant tests of competence
  • give an overall assessment of whether your performance in the category is unacceptable, acceptable or a cause for concern. This may not correlate with the number of items of evidence graded as acceptable or unacceptable because the overall conclusion takes account of patterns of performance and the importance of each item of evidence. Significant weight, for example, will be apportioned to evidence of performance that may put patients at risk.

The findings section will also contain the results of any tests of competence you sat. The results will, in most cases, show how your result compares with a reference group of volunteers.

There are also appendices, which will include help with interpreting tests of competence results and a printout of all of the comments and judgements recorded by the assessors throughout the assessment.