Who will assess your performance and what information will they be given?

We'll give you the names of your assessors once they have been appointed. The team will include:

  • a medically qualified team leader
  • one or more medical assessors. 

We may also appoint a lay (non-medical) assessor.

While we appoint and train the team, they act independently. When we select the medical assessors, we take into account:

  • your current or most recent specialty or sub-specialties, and the nature of your work
  • the area of practice to which the known concerns relate
  • your level or grade.

The assessment team will be assisted by a GMC Performance Assessment Officer (PAO), who will make the practical arrangements. They will be your point of contact and will be happy to answer any questions you have about the assessment. 


Information we’ll give to the assessment team

Before we schedule your assessment or appoint assessors, we’ll ask you to complete a portfolio detailing your experience and recent practice. The information you give us in the portfolio helps us to select appropriate medical assessors. It also helps the assessment team plan an assessment based on the work you do, appropriate to your experience. If your assessment includes formal examinations your portfolio will also be used to select these. It's therefore in your interests to complete the portfolio.

We also give the assessment team brief information explaining why the assessment has been called for. This is for background information purposes only and we will give you a copy. Some examples of the background information we might provide include:

  • a summary of the performance-related allegations, which might include extracts from other reports
  • extracts from any relevant Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) determinations
  • any information we hold about your current or recent employment status.

We won't disclose any allegations or information about misconduct or your health. If there are health or personal difficulties that you would like the assessors to know about because they are relevant to the assessment, you can give this information in your portfolio.