MAEP is our Multi-Source Assessment for Expert Psychiatric witnesses (MAEP).
The tool is designed to help expert psychiatric witnesses, who provide their expert opinion on the mental health of people in court cases, collect feedback.
Feedback is collected from people involved in the case, such as solicitors and barristers.
Expert witnesses can use this information for appraisal purposes and it will not be publicly available.
Users complete a self-assessment as well as asking colleagues/professionals for feedback.
The questionnaire for professionals (for example, instructing solicitors) involved in the associated case contain the same eight questions based on core competencies.
These key domains were chosen by professionals within the field and link in with the core values of the General Medical Council (GMC):
- Reliability of opinion
- Presentation of opinion/report
- Understanding of law, procedure, and rules of evidence
- Oral testimony
- Business manners and affairs
You can generate a report for each individual case, or up to six cumulative reports per cycle.
Cumulative reports are designed to compile feedback from various case reports.
Quick Guide to the MAEP process (PDF)
Good value for money
MAEP costs £132 (including VAT) with the MAEP cycle lasting five years, this works out at less than £27 per year.
Within your registration, you can request as many case reports as you wish, as well as up to six cumulative reports, containing aggregated feedback.
A unique, bespoke package
MAEP is the only feedback tool developed specifically for use by expert psychiatric witnesses.
Based on research conducted by Professor Keith Rix, the system incorporates eight core competencies chosen by professionals within the field which link in with the GMC’s principal values.
It can be used across different jurisdictions
MAEP can be used to assess your performance as an expert in all courts and tribunals, and in other circumstances where expert psychiatric evidence is needed to resolve disputes (e.g. civil, criminal, family, employment tribunals and coronial cases).
The tool is suitable for cases that are settled or do not go to trial, as well as those that go to trial.
It’s comprehensive and insightful
As well as assessing performance within eight key domains, free text options are available for assessors to provide more specific comments that will help you.
Sample reports and questionnaires
If you would like to receive a sample copy of one of our reports, or a self-assessment/colleague questionnaire, please email your request to MAEP@rcpsych.ac.uk
A 5-year registration period is only £132 and returning members get a discounted renewal price of £119.
You can call the team to make the payment after you have registered.
Once registered, you’ll receive an email confirmation with details about how to start your assessment and use the system.
Contact the MAEP TeamEmail: MAEP@rcpsych.ac.uk
Tel 020 3701 2696/95
Royal College of Psychiatrists Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI)
21 Prescot Street