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Information for Medical Staffing

Organising an AAC

The order in which a substantive consultant appointment should be arranged is displayed on our AAC Flowchart.

As soon as you have a preferred date for the AAC, please contact the College by emailing a minimum of eight weeks prior to the interview date requesting a College assessor, along with the following information:

  • written confirmation of approval of the job description from the appropriate Regional Specialty Professional Advisor (RSPA); this can be an email;
  • the job description for the post including the job plan;
  • the person specification;
  • the proposed location, date and time of the AAC (where possible please provide the College with alternative dates in case an assessor cannot be secured for the original date).

On receipt of the above information, the College will look for an assessor and provide the trust with details as soon as an assessor has confirmed attendance.

The trust should ensure that the College assessor is included in the shortlisting process and is given sufficient time to contribute. Details regarding shortlisting, as well as the appointing trust's travel expenses policy, should be communicated to the assessor at the earliest possible opportunity.

We do not provide lists for trusts to use to secure a College assessor themselves. While every effort will be made to find a suitable subspecialty assessor, in some circumstances assessors from outside the subspecialty will be used.

After an AAC

Once the AAC has taken place, please complete and return the feedback form by email to

Further information

Our FAQ section provides detailed answers to questions you may have about the AAC process, and the roles of medical staffing, regional specialty advisors and College assessors. 

Alternatively, please email or call 020 7405 3474

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