In 2009 the Academy was asked by the four Chief Medical Officers to explore a UK wide approach to assessment with common standards and processes, which we published in the report Improving Assessment.

In 2014 it was agreed that the report should be revised by the Academy with input from all medical Royal Colleges and Faculties, the GMC, COPMeD and trainee doctors. The update revisits the definitions and terminology used and focuses on the need for training assessors, trainers and trainees (including the role of the supervisor) and implementation recommendations.

The Academy’s Assessment Committee, led by Professor Andrew Elder and managed by Claire Coomber has just completed this revision and published Improving Assessment. Further Guidance and Recommendations.