Dear General Medical Council,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“the Act”) to request the following information:

(1) What evidence of previous investigative ability is deemed to meet the essential criteria for an investigator employed in relation to complaints against those with GMC registration?
(2) How many hours CPD in investigative methods are investigators you employ in relation to complaints against those with GMC registration required to undertake per annum?

Yours faithfully,

Mark Botham

FOI, General Medical Council

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FOI, General Medical Council

Dear Mr Botham,

 

Your information request – IR1-2670397691

Thank you for your email dated 15 April, in which you ask for the below:
(1)  What evidence of previous investigative ability is deemed to meet the
essential criteria for an investigator employed in relation to complaints
against those with GMC registration?

(2) How many hours CPD in investigative methods are investigators you
employ in relation to complaints against those with GMC registration
required to undertake per annum?

How we will consider your request

We’re going to consider your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA). The FOIA gives us 20 working days to respond, but we’ll come
back to you as soon as we can.

 

Who to contact

Matt McCoig-Lees will be handling your request. If you have any questions
you can contact him via email at [1][email address].

 

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic outbreak we are currently operating at
reduced capacity. It may therefore take us longer to respond to your
request. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lauren Barrowcliffe
Information Access Team Assistant

 

[2][email address]

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

 

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Matthew McCoig-Lees (0161 923 6579), General Medical Council

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Dear Mr Botham

 

I write further to previous correspondence with a response under the
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000.

 

Before providing my response, I should explain that FOIA places two
obligations on public authorities. Firstly, (with some exceptions which
are not relevant here) we are obliged to confirm if information is held
which falls into the scope of the request made and secondly either provide
the information or explain under which exemption it is withheld.

 

Our formal response under FOIA is that we hold no information held within
the scope of your request.

 

Outside the scope of the act, the key technical skills that the GMC looks
for when recruiting an Investigation Officer are the ability to work
within a  regulatory and legal framework, experience in handling a
caseload of complex matters and excellent analytical skills. The GMC is
not prescriptive as to what evidence candidates can adduce to meet the key
skills and evidence is judged on a case by case basis through means such
as a written application, various tests, interviews and the taking up of
references. Once employed, staff who will manage a caseload of
investigations undertake a period of classroom based learning, then are
given active investigations to manage in a supported environment which
includes ongoing training and guidance from managers and peers. All staff
undertake yearly training to support developments in investigation
processes and refresher training as necessary.

 

I hope you find this information helpful.

 

If you would like to appeal my response please set out your reasons in
writing to [GMC request email]. Please note that we will only usually consider
appeals received within 40 working days.  You can also appeal to the
Information Commissioner, the regulator of FOIA and DPA.

 

 

 

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Kind Regards

 

Matt

 

Matthew McCoig-Lees

Information Access Officer

Information Access Team

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

Email: [1][email address]

Website: [2]www.gmc-uk.org

Tel: 0161 923 6579

 

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From: FOI
Sent: 16 April 2020 15:32
To: '[FOI #659320 email]'
<[FOI #659320 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Investigator experience

 

Dear Mr Botham,

 

Your information request – IR1-2670397691

Thank you for your email dated 15 April, in which you ask for the below:
(1)  What evidence of previous investigative ability is deemed to meet the
essential criteria for an investigator employed in relation to complaints
against those with GMC registration?

(2) How many hours CPD in investigative methods are investigators you
employ in relation to complaints against those with GMC registration
required to undertake per annum?

 

How we will consider your request

We’re going to consider your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA). The FOIA gives us 20 working days to respond, but we’ll come
back to you as soon as we can.

 

Who to contact

Matt McCoig-Lees will be handling your request. If you have any questions
you can contact him via email at [4][email address].

 

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic outbreak we are currently operating at
reduced capacity. It may therefore take us longer to respond to your
request. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lauren Barrowcliffe
Information Access Team Assistant

 

[5][email address]

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

 

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