What to expect at an accreditation visit

We conduct accreditation visits as part of our quality assurance process for departments hosting STP or HSST trainees.


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.