Advisory Appointment Committees
Every Advisory Appointments Committee (AAC) for a substantive consultant appointment in dentistry in England and Wales will include a Faculty assessor. The faculty assessor is the only statutory external influence on the AAC. Along with other members of the AAC, the assessor must ensure that the best candidate for the job is appointed and that the process is fair and open within current legislation and employment practice.
The Faculty maintains lists of assessors in each specialty. Assessors must be trained in fair and non-discriminatory interviewing and selection techniques. They must also receive appropriate training in the application of equal opportunities legislation to appointment procedures.
An assessor must be an established consultant or honorary consultant, practising a minimum of six sessions in the NHS. To be eligible as an assessor a consultant should have a minimum of five years experience in active practice. Consultants must be recognised as trainers and their units must be recognised for training in the appropriate specialty.
The appointment of assessors is coordinated by the faculty AAC coordinator and any enquiries regarding dental and OMFS posts should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
The AAC process
The Advisory Appointments Committee (AAC) is a legally constituted committee established by an employing body when appointing consultants. The function of the AAC is to decide which, if any, of the applicants is suitable for appointment and to recommend a name or names to the employing body. This is to ensure that the best candidate for the job is appointed, that the process is fair and open within current legislation on employment practice and that the candidate is fully trained for the post or meets the requirements in the person specification.
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