An Advisory Appointments Committee (AAC) is a legally formed
interview panel set up by the appointing body or trust and should
include the following people, as set out in the
NHS Good Practice Guidance (2005):
- The Chief Executive of the appointing body
- The Medical Director of the appointing body
- A consultant employed by the appointing body and from the
- A lay member (often the Chair of the recruiting trust)
- An independent College Assessor
- Any other additional members considered appropriate by the
The function of an AAC is to decide which applicants are
suitable for a post and recommend these names to the recruiting
trust. This applies equally to consultant and specialty doctor
The AAC provides a quality assurance process of shortlisted
doctors for NHS patients and trusts when they’re employing
We play a vital role in this process by providing an, external
College Assessor, who sits as a full AAC panel member. The College
Assessor provides the trust with an impartial opinion on the
suitability of candidates; as a core member of the AAC, the College
Assessor should be involved in all stages of the process, including
Consultant job descriptions
In line with the NHS (Appointment of Consultants) Regulations,
amended in January 2005, NHS trusts should consult the College
Regional Advisor about job descriptions and person specifications
prior to advertising a role.
This is to make sure that proper consideration has been given to
all areas of the appointment, including the facilities provided and
any clinical, research, teaching and managerial
Organising an Advisory Appointments Committee
An AAC is held by the appointing body once the Regional Advisor
has agreed the job description and the post has been
Once a College Assessor has been identified to attend an AAC,
the recruiting body needs to notify the Workforce team with the
details of the interview as soon as possible.
This allows us to send assessors the appropriate paperwork in
advance of the AAC.
How can I find a College Assessor?
Trusts can access contact details of all
approved, trained College Assessors with a username and
password and can search by specialty and region.
Please email us at email@example.com if you
need to search the secure area.
We recommend that you ask a College Assessor if they’re free to
come to an interview at least six weeks before the AAC or, if
possible at the beginning of the recruitment process.
It’s important to remember that the College representative can’t be
an employee of the recruiting trust.
It’s also important that the Assessor specialises in the same
specialty the interview is for.
If you’re need help finding an Assessor, please email us at