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New Assessors Required for CESR Applications

The Faculty of Public Health is establishing a wider pool of assessors and we are looking to our membership, particularly Fellows, to help us achieve this.

To register your interest or for further information please email by 30th September 2016– we’d love to hear from you!

What is a CESR?

Certificate for Entry onto the Specialist Register.  Someone who feels they have obtained sufficient equivalent training and experience, outside of the UK specialist training scheme for their chosen specialty, can apply for registration via the CESR route.

What is the process?

Put simply, an applicant submits a bundle of evidence to the GMC, which is collated and then sent to the relevant Royal College/Faculty for assessment.  There is an agreed timeline during which we would have to complete an assessment.  Assessors work in pairs to first independently complete an assessment, then come together to discuss and form an agreed recommendation (i.e. accept or reject).  This is then signed off by a senior FPH officer.

Further information is available on the GMC website about their general process, as well as specialty specific guidance for Public Health.

Why be a CESR Assessor?

CESR assessor role provides a number of interesting opportunities including 

Active involvement in ensuring the high professional standards of the specialist public health workforce are maintained.

Strengthening of your CV

Using the learning experience to claim CPD hours for the FPH CPD return or educational appraisal, where appropriate 

Person Specification


Fellow of FPH in good standing for at least three years.

Must be up to date with CPD and annual audit requirements. 

Has held a consultant or equivalent post for at least three years, or retired from a consultant or equivalent post within the last three years.

Must be well organised.

Ability to digest and analyse large amounts of information.

Must have received equality and diversity training within the last three years.

What does the role include? 

Review the CESR application and complete the GMC evaluation form for sign off by the FPH

Ensure that the application is assessed against Good Medical Practice and conclude that the relevant information provided by the applicant meets the standards of public health.

Work with the assessors and Director of Training (Registration and Certification), and resolve any disputes there may be regarding applications and recommendations.

Work with the Education and Professional Standards team to ensure assessment procedures are appropriate and up to date.

To attend the training session as required.

Is the post remunerated?

Assessors will be paid a small fee for each assessment they complete. Travel will not normally required but if it is FPH will pay reasonable expenses in line with our Expenses Policy.

What is the workload?

This depends on how many active and trained assessors we have!  Based on recent numbers we receive approximately 4 CESR assessments to complete per year.

A pool of 8 active assessors could reasonably expect to have to complete one assessment per year.

Active assessors would be placed on a rota and the next two on the list will be notified when they are required to undertake an assessment.  The expectation is that assessors will undertake the assessment, if they have agreed to be on the rota.  However, we will of course work with people where there are unavoidable extenuating circumstances (such as upcoming pre-booked holidays, or unavoidable significant work commitments).  

An evidence bundle is typically between 800-1200 pages and assessors are given 4 weeks to complete their work, usually with at least a month’s notice on when they can expect to receive the bundle (often longer, though this is dependent on info provided by the GMC)

Is there any training provided?

The GMC will provide a full training session – once we have enough interest we will arrange a date for everyone to attend.  It is beneficial to get everyone in the same room, in person to ensure the training effective.

Written: 05/09/2016 , last modified: 18/10/2016