Equivalence committee and CESR

About the Equivalence Committee

The Equivalence Committee’s purpose is to assess applications received under the CESR route and send recommendations to the General Medical Council regarding individual applications for Specialist Registration in Psychiatry.

Equivalence committee members are made up from the Specialty Doctor's Committee, the Psychiatric Trainees' Committee and Faculty members representing each psychiatric specialty. CESR Evaluators are also invited to attend committee meetings.

For further information, please view the Committee's remit.

Join the Equivalence Committee - become a CESR Evaluator

In order to be a CESR evaluator, you must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be a Member, Fellow, or Specialist Associate of the College and in good standing
  • Hold Specialist Registration with the GMC
  • Have held a substantive consultant post for at least a year
  • Have a good level of computer literacy
  • Be able to commit to being a CESR Evaluator for at least a year

Applications from retired consultants are welcome.

You will also need to supply the following documents:

  • College certificate of good standing for CPD
  • Completed Confirmation of Good Standing Form
  • Evidence of equality and diversity training undertaken in the last three years
  • A letter of good standing from your current Medical or Clinical Director (not required for retired applicants)
  • Two anonymised tribunal/court reports, case histories, or similar documents which demonstrate your ability to write clear, thorough and detailed reports 

You can send this all to Elizabeth Boxall , CESR and Training Coordinator at RCPsych.



  • Dr N Chakraborty

Deputy Chair

  • Dr K Leighton

Committee members

  • Dr K Garg (Psychiatric Trainees' Committee)


If you would like to know more about the Equivalence Committee, please contact Liz Boxall, CESR and Training Coordinator at elizabeth.boxall@rcpsych.ac.uk or on 020 8618 4170

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