GMC Tests of Competence: the assessment of poorly performing doctors

Clin Risk 2009;15:15-17
doi:10.1258/cr.2008.080096
© 2009 Royal Society of Medicine Press

 

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Lucinda Etheridge,
Alison Sturrock,
Liam Conlon and
Jane Dacre

Email: l.etheridge{at}medsch.ucl.ac.uk

Objective: This article aims to provide an overview of the current proceduresin place by the General Medical Council to assess the fitnessto practise of poorly performing doctors.

Method: It outlines the legal background, the structure and the rationalebehind the type of assessments used.

Results: Specialty specific Tests of Competence and a workplace-basedassessment are carried out by a specially trained and appointedteam of assessors. All assessments are designed to the higheststandards by expert teams, including trained stakeholders.

Conclusions: Assessments are continually being updated and validated to ensurehigh standards in this high stakes process.

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