We undertake to review programmes of assessment for any undergraduate or postgraduate health professional education organisation. Depending on requirements, we review documents, hold meetings and suggest changes in line with international best practice evidence, tailored to local contexts.

We can also assist in designing new programmes of assessment, with consultation and advisory meetings and faculty development workshops to support the progress of implementing high quality assessments.

As HPAC were commissioned to produce a report for the UK GMC on best practices in curriculum and assessment, to inform their SCAR (Standards in Curriculum and Assessment Review), and the publication of their document "Excellence by design: standards for postgraduate curricula", we are in an excellent position to advise and assist the development of assessment programmes which fulfil the GMC requirements.

Examples of this type of consultancy work:



Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP, UK)

2017: 10-year Review of the MRCGP examinations programme (in progress)

Australian Dental Council

2017: Review of the Australian Dental Council Examinations for overseas trained dental practitioners who are seeking registration with the DBA to practise in Australia (in progress)

Faculty of Veterinary Science, University College Dublin, Ireland

Review of current assessment system and regulations; advice on possible changes of direction based on best evidence in the literature and good practice
(Katharine Boursicot)

Royal College of Radiologists (UK)

2014-2015: Awarded contract by the Royal College of Radiologists (UK) to review examinations for the Fellowships in Clinical Radiology and Clinical Oncology. (Richard Fuller, Trudie Roberts, John Patterson, Katharine Boursicot).

Full documentation as well as the College's response can be viewed below.

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Singapore Nursing Board Certification Examination for Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs)

Advice on constructive alignment and design of new tests of clinical competence for certification
(Katharine Boursicot)

Bond University (Queensland, Australia)

3 days of faculty development workshops on fundamental principles of assessment, a tailored version of the FAC, with special empahsis on standard setting
(Katharine Boursicot and Trudie Roberts)

Australian Collaboration for Clinical Assessment in Medicine (ACCLAiM)

In 2014 Katharine Boursicot was invited to be the External Reviewer for the national Australian Collaboration for Clinical Assessment in Medicine (ACCLAiM)

Faculties of Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry at the University of Bristol

Advice to assist the faculties to develop assessment strategies to and improve test design and post-test analyses
(John Patterson)

University of Bristol

2013-14: John Patterson was contracted as Assessment Consultant to the Faculties of Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry at the University of Bristol. This one-year, part-time contract was to assist the faculties to develop assessment strategies to and improve test design and post-test analyses.

International Medical University (IMU) in Malaysia

Trudie Roberts was invited to chair the Professional Education Advisory Committee (PEAC) of the International Medical University (IMU) in Malaysia, which provides advice and guidance to the IMU on all matters relating to the education and training of students enrolled in the professional undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development (CPD) programmes of the IMU.

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General Medical Council (UK)

Katharine Boursicot, Richard Fuller, Trudie Roberts, and John Patterson have all been GMC Associates involved with QABME Visits.

  • Katharine Boursicot was a member of the PLAB Part 2 Panel for 12 years and was then invited to sit on the PLAB Review Panel (2013). The Final Report of the Review of the GMC's PLAB test can be Seen Here
  • Richard Fuller and John Patterson were involved in assessment related work including review of UK undergraduate medical assessments. The final report written by GMC staff but based on this work is Seen Here

the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa

  • 2012: workshops on blueprinting and item writing
    (Katharine Boursicot)
  • 2013: workshops on item writing and standard setting
    (Katharine Boursicot)
  • 2014: workshops on designing and implementing OSCEs
    (Sydney Smee)
  • 2015: workshops on standard setting for OSCEs and Examiner Training
    (Sydney Smee)

Joint Dental faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

John Patterson (since 2012): consultant for production of final scores, pass-lists and statistical analysis of Part 1 and Part 2 examinations for the Membership of the Joint Dental faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London (WSA)

Advice to postgraduate medical diploma Examination Boards managed by the WSA, in order for their assessments to become PMETB (Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board) compliant

  • Diploma in HIV Medicine
  • Diploma in Genitourinary Medicine
  • Diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences
  • Diploma in the Forensic and Clinical Aspects of Sexual Assault

(Katharine Boursicot and John Patterson)