GMC Performance Assessment

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Dear General Medical Council,

Please provide the numbers of doctors who have undergone GMC Performance Assessment in each year since 2008 (last 10 years) and the percentages who passed or failed in each year..

(The results might look like this
2004 Total assessments 37 doctors 85% passed.
2005 Total assessments 47 doctors 85% passed.

If possible please provide the following for the whole time period

- The types of assessment (knowledge test or peer review)

- Qualified in the UK or Europe or other medical schools. The percentages who passed or failed.

- The age sex distribution. The percentages who passed or failed.

(The results might look like this
30% knowledge test and 70% peer review
Uk 15 doctors 85% pass. EU 10 doctors 85% pass. Other 12 doctors 85% pass
Age group 20 to 40 years 85% pass. 41-55 years 85% pass. 56 to 70 year 85% pass.
Sex Male 31 doctors 85% pass and Female 85% pass.)

For comparison purposes can you please provide the number of doctors who have undertaken the five-yearly assessment for revalidation and the percentage who have passed.

(The results might look like this
580 doctors have undertaken the five-yearly assessment of which 85% passed)

Yours faithfully,

Dr Mark Burgin

Five-yearly assessment
Doctors without a connection to a responsible officer or suitable person revalidate through a process of annual appraisals based on Good medical practice, annual returns submitted to us and a five-yearly assessment. We make a revalidation decision based on the outcomes of these activities.

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Dear Dr Burgin


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Christine Abdy (0161 923 6421), General Medical Council

Dear Dr Burgin


Your information request - F18/9625/CA


Thank you for your email dated 01 July 2018.  We’ve considered your
request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).


Performance Assessments


For detailed information about our performance assessment procedure, I
would direct you to our [1]website, which you will hopefully find useful.


The table below summarises the performance assessments of doctors that
were completed in 2008-2017.   A total of 550 assessments took place in
that period.  It may be helpful to explain the terminology we use for the
outcome of assessments.  Rather than ‘pass’ or ‘fail’, we categorise the
outcome by the assessor’s opinion that the doctor is either fit to
practise, fit to practise on a limited basis, or not fit to practise.  It
should also be noted that doctors may undertake multiple assessments, and
therefore the figures below represent the number of assessments rather
than the number of doctors.  

We can’t provide information relating to doctors who have undertaken a
‘knowledge test or peer review’.  These are elements of an overall
performance assessment, rather than a specific type of performance
assessment in themselves. Usually a doctor will undertake all elements of
a performance review however if adjustments were made in particular cases
this would only be recorded within the case documents, not in a searchable
way on our case management system.


Performance assessments by year
Assessor opinion

Fit to Fit to practise on a Not fit to
  practise limited basis practise Total
2008 10 28 9 47
2009 14 30 9 53
2010 12 25 19 56
2011 9 29 12 50
2012 13 35 10 58
2013 12 34 12 58
2014 15 41 8 64
2015 18 43 6 67
2016 13 24 7 44
2017 12 39 2 53
Grand (23%) (60%)                   (17%)        
total        128 328             94 550

The following tables indicate the profiles of doctors taking the
assessments, by gender, age and world region of Primary Medical
Qualification (PMQ)


Grand total by gender  
male 452
female 98
Grand total by age group (at time of
20-39 44
40-49 123
50-59 208
60-69 144
70+ 26
n/a (Dob not recorded) 5
Grand total by PMQ region   
UK 156
EEA (except UK) 102
IMG (International Med graduates) 292


The following tables show percentage outcomes by gender, PMQ region, age


Analysis of outcome by gender      
  male female  
Fit to practise generally 22% 31%  
Fit to practise on limited basis 60% 57%  
Not fit to practise 18% 12%  
Analysis of outcome by PMQ region      
Fit to practise generally 22% 20% 31%  
Fit to practise on limited basis 67% 58% 58%  
Not fit to practise 11% 22% 11%  
Analysis of outcome by age group            
  20-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 70+ N/a
Fit to practise generally 32% 30% 27% 14% 0  
Fit to practise on limited basis 59% 63% 62% 56% 38% 100%
Not fit to practise 9% 7% 11% 30% 62%  



Revalidation Assessments


The revalidation assessment process was introduced in mid-2016 and
therefore we only have a full calendar year’s data for 2017.   In 2017, 55
doctors took the revalidation assessment, and 36 of these met the standard


I hope you will find this useful.   Please let me know if you have any
queries or require anything further.


Yours sincerely



Christine Abdy

Information Access Officer

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester   M3 3AW


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