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GMC seeks assessors and panellists

Louise Prime

Thursday, 14 June 2012

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The General Medical Council and new Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service are encouraging applications from committed people willing to become medical panellists and performance assessors. The GMC and MPTS say they particularly want to hear from doctors in minority groups.

The MPTS, launched on Monday, is recruiting new panellists because it is taking over all fitness to practise cases from the GMC. Candidates selected as panellists must be willing to commit at least 20 days a year. They will hear evidence in fitness to practice hearings at the MPTS’s hearings centre in Manchester, and decide whether or not allegations against the doctors are proven; and, if so, what action should follow.

The MPTS said: “Women, young people and individuals from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply as are doctors with a disability.

“Panellists must be able to demonstrate integrity and objectivity to reach considered and unbiased decisions affecting other people.”

The GMC is taking on medical performance assessors from a wide range of specialties, to evaluate doctors’ performance after concerns over their fitness to practise have been formally raised. An assessor initially interviews the doctor and observes his/her practice in his/her own workplace, as well as reviewing patient records, over three days.

Subsequently they oversee a day’s testing at the GMC skills centre, in Manchester. GMC chief executive Niall Dickson (pictured) said: “MPTS panellists and GMC performance assessors play a crucial role in helping deliver high standards.

“The GMC and the new MPTS service are now looking to recruit individuals of the highest calibre to these key posts and want to hear from people from a wide range of backgrounds.”

Panellists are paid £310 per day, or up to £430 for GPs to cover locum costs, plus ‘reasonable expenses’. Assessors are paid £450 per day on assessment days. Online applications must be made by 1 July.

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