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CESR Evaluators


We always welcome new CESR Evaluators across specialties.

We encourage consultants who hold an educator role- TPDs, educational supervisors and Heads of School to consider applying due their existing knowledge and experience of  specialty curricula. It is a rewarding experience to look at the curricula from another perspective and judge in a method different from the ARCP process which also leads clinicians to the Specialist register through another route.

Even one assessment a year and attending the refresher training annually will suffice. Our refresher training looks at interesting and contentious applications we have received through the year and stimulate interesting discussions. The CESR evaluator role also promotes networking with colleagues throughout the country, helps share good practice and is an important way to standardize the way we judge achievement of the curricula outcomes. The Equivalence committee will offer mentoring to new evaluators and support for first time evaluations.

A training day will be held on the 9th of March 2018.

Details of the role, eligibility criteria and how to apply are given below.


CESR Evaluators evaluate applications for Certificates of Eligibility for Specialist Registration (CESR) sent to the College by the GMC. These consist of documentary evidence of the applicant’s practice and are assessed against the relevant College curriculum to determine whether the applicant has competencies equivalent to an ST6 trainee at the end of training.

Applications are assessed by two evaluators before being signed off by the Chair of Equivalence Committee and returned to the GMC. Successful CESR applicants are granted specialist registration with the GMC and are able to practice as substantive consultants in the NHS.

The role of CESR Evaluator is a crucial one in ensuring that mental health services are led by consultants with the appropriate competencies.


CESR Evaluators receive £100 of College vouchers (which can be spent on College publications, courses, conferences and memorabilia) as an honorarium for each completed evaluation. An additional £100 or £200 of College or Marks & Spencer's vouchers is also paid depending on how quickly the evaluation is completed.

Eligibility criteria

In order to become a CESR Evaluator, you must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Member, Fellow, or Specialist Associate of the College and in good standing
  • Specialist Registration with the GMC
  • Substantive consultant post for at least a year
  • Good level of computer literacy
  • 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 (doc)
  • Evidence of equality and diversity training undertaken in the last three years
  • A letter of good standing from you 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

CESR Evaluator training days

In order to become a CESR Evaluator, you will also need to attend a CESR Evaluator training day.

How To Apply

To apply to become a CESR Evaluator, or if you have any queries about the role, please email, confirming that you meet the eligibility criteria and attaching the required evidence. Please specify which training day you would prefer to attend.

Evidence can also be sent by post to: Gen Grainger, CESR & Training Co-ordinator, Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street, London E1 8BB



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