Most applications for accreditation are decided on the basis of written submissions only, but in some cases we decide a visit is necessary. The reasons can include:
- Concerns raised by any party about training quality;
- Specialties in which a significant number of training centres have experienced difficulties;
- Departments new to training at postgraduate level, or in the specialty concerned;
- A pattern of trainees in difficulty, exiting the programme or failing final assessment.
In some cases, departments may be selected for a panel visit randomly, for quality assurance purposes. An accreditation panel visit may be required in order to decide your application for accreditation. We might also decide a panel visit is needed to a department that already has accreditation, because of new information.