IAPS Regulations and policies


The IAPS operate under regulations and policies which set out the parameters of the assessment. You must comply with the terms of the IAPS policies. Any digressions may put your entry or IAPS outcome at risk.

If there is anything you are unsure of, please contact the School at nshcs@hee.nhs.uk before booking your IAPS event.


Information about the regulations and policies

Reasonable adjustments policy

The NSHCS is a responsible institution and keen to ensure that trainees are afforded equitable access to their assessment. Trainees can indicate, in their exit application, if they wish to request accommodation of reasonable adjustments for their assessment due to registered learning difficulties or disabilities.

Mitigating circumstances policy

This policy acknowledges that circumstances can arise near the time of the trainee’s assessment that may impact on their ability to provide their best performance but which do not necessitate deferment.

Exceptional arrangements policy

Having declared their intention to sit their IAPS, trainees may have need to either defer or have exceptional arrangements to be accommodated that are not covered under reasonable adjustment policy.

Complaints and appeals policy

This policy provides a mechanism by which trainees may submit a complaint about an irregularity in the assessment process which impacted on their assessment on the day or appeal the outcome of their assessment due to an irregularity in the decision-making process of the examination board.

Examination Board Terms of Reference

This sets out the membership requirements and the terms under which examination board panels must operate.

Conduct policy

The IAPS is a high stakes, high level professional assessment. This policy ensures that the assessment is facilitated in a professional manner by the NSHCS and is conducted in a professional manner by both the trainee and the examination panel.

Late arrival policy

This policy provides the requirement for the IAPS to be conducted as timetabled and sets out the terms on which late arrivals are dealt with.

Dress code policy

Trainees, examiners and administrative staff must realise that the IAPS is a professional assessment and must dress accordingly.