The evidence page

This section of the form is where all scores for your application will be gained, based on the details you give regarding your achievements and qualifications. You will be required to select the most appropriate option from a list of statements for each of the domains detailed in this section. All achievements should relate to the field of medicine, except where specified otherwise.  

The options, scores available and supplementary guidance for each area are detailed on a separate tab in this section. 

Selection of options solely candidates' responsibility 

Selection of options must be absolutely at your discretion alone. We have attempted to clarify the wording of options below, but under no circumstances can we advise you on which options to select. 

Experiences and achievements will not always fit neatly under one option or another so you will need to employ your professional judgement to ascertain which of the available options is the most appropriate to the best of your knowledge and belief. If required, you must be able to provide evidence for all achievements you cite and justify the option you selected. 

You will be required to add text for each selection to demonstrate why you chose that option. 

Automated scores 

Applications are scored automatically, and at the shortlisting stage, scores are based entirely on each candidate's self-assessment of their achievements using the options selected from each of the domains detailed on the tabs above. 

Over-claiming 

It is acknowledged that, on occasion, it will not always be clear exactly which option to choose and so cases of perceived over-claiming are not likely to be considered as a serious offence.  

Whilst candidates are encouraged to use the scoring system to accurately represent their achievements, you must be able to justify your selection and provide evidence if required. Any instances of candidates found to be blatantly or persistently trying to gain an unfair advantage by over-claiming scores for and/or exaggerating their achievements will lead to a probity investigation and applicants in this position should expect to be contacted to review their scoring. This could lead to an application being deemed not appointable, or, in very serious cases, could be reported as a probity matter to the GMC; however, this is a very rare outcome and only in cases of overt cheating.  

In the event that you realise after submitting your form that you have overclaimed on your form, you must send details to the Physician Specialty Recruitment Office as soon as possible. 

Completed achievements only 

When you come to submit your application, all information within it must be accurate at the time of submission - any qualifications not yet gained, courses not yet taken, presentations not yet given, etc. should not be included at this point.  An achievement gained even on the day after the closing date for applications cannot be counted. 

An exception is publications which have been completely accepted and are 'in press'. 

However, whilst you cannot select a point-scoring option on the basis of incomplete achievements, you are welcome to mention it in the text box for that section so that interviewers can be aware of your activities. 

Activities disrupted due to COVID-19 

Although generally an achievement must have been completed before it can be claimed, there are some exceptions made for this year's recruitment for activities which were started but not possible to be completed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The guidance for each domain specifies where this is the case and the requirements to be able to claim points. 

Multiple achievements in a single domain 

If you have more than one achievement in an area which only allows you to choose an option for one, you should select the option corresponding to your highest scoring achievement. Whilst the supporting text should focus on the achievement claimed, you are welcome to use the space to mention your other achievements in the area. 

Achievements in multiple domains 

If you have an achievement which could potentially fit under more than one domain, for example winning a prize for a poster or doing a presentation based on a publication, it is acceptable to claim under both options.  

Text to justify option chosen 

There will be one or more text boxes for each domain where you will be required to add text to demonstrate why you chose that option. Each section will have a maximum word count, however, we advise that you keep your explanations as short as possible to justify the selection. 

Interviewers have limited time to review application forms and the more succinct you can be about your achievement, the more straightforward it will be for them to review your application. 

Evidence of achievements 

It is likely that you will not need to provide any supporting evidence for your claims. However, you must have access to documentation proving every claim you make as you could be asked to supply evidence as part of a randomised audit or if the contingency plan is needed, when all candidates will be required to upload all documents. The evidence documents section of the website has further information about this area. 

It is not possible to be prescriptive about what evidence will be acceptable to justify your selection, although examples have been given in each domain of the types of evidence that could be supplied. The key is that it is sufficient for the reviewer to be confident that you have claimed correctly.  

Evidence needs to be in a format that reviewers can understand and quickly verify the achievement. Supplying too much documentation is discouraged, acknowledging it needs to be sufficient. 

A certified, authenticated translation should be provided for any documentation which is not written in English. 

Time limit 

There is no set number of years within which you need to have completed the achievements listed, however any achievements claimed must have been gained after commencing your medical (or first undergraduate) degree, i.e. achievements from school or before university cannot be claimed. 

Help & FAQs 

We have attempted to record the most commonly-received queries on the application FAQs section of this website, therefore please review this area first to see if this is of assistance. 

If after reading the guidance you are still unsure you can contact us but please be aware (in most cases) we cannot tell you what option to choose.

Additional undergraduate degrees and qualifications

In this section it is permissible to select some of the options for non-medical related qualifications; e.g. a BSc in psychology; it will be specified against each option where this is the case. 

Degree classifications 

If you have gained a degree/qualification which does not have a classification which fits in with the usual UK grading system (ie 1st, 2:1, etc.) please select the option here which you deem equivalent based upon your knowledge of the grading systems within the UK and the country where you gained your qualification. 

You will be required to justify your selected option on the application form as to why you deemed this the equivalent option; interviewers may ask you about this further at interview. 

Intercalated degrees 

Intercalated degrees are usually awarded at bachelors’ level but are sometimes given at masters level. Regardless of which level your degree was awarded at, all intercalated degrees should be scored in this section, even if the award was a masters

Undergraduate or postgraduate? 

In the event that you have gained a qualification which could be included under either the undergraduate or postgraduate degrees/qualifications section, you can include this under whichever of the two sections you feel is most appropriate. 

However, you should only include this under one section or the other, but not both. 

Examples of evidence 

Where possible you should be able to show your degree certificate. Where you do not have access to it, a letter from the awarding body confirming the qualification will suffice. 

Additional guidance 

The 'Overview' tab has some general guidance on scoring, so please review this if you are unclear, however please be aware we cannot give guidance on which specific option to choose. 

Additional undergraduate degrees and qualifications
OptionScore availableNotes
Degree obtained during medical course (eg intercalation, BSc, BA, etc.) - 1st class honours or 2.1 or equivalent 6
Degree obtained prior to starting medicine - 1st class honours or 2.1 or equivalent (can include non-medical related degrees) 6
Degree obtained during medical course (eg intercalation, BSC, BA, etc.) – less than 2.1 or equivalent 3
Degree obtained prior to starting medicine - less than 2.1 or equivalent (can include non-medical related degrees) 3
None/other: please specify   0

This space is for you to mention anything which you think is of relevance, but which cannot be categorised above. 
Please note that entries under this option do not gain marks at the application stage, but may be one of the factors taken into account by interviewers when deciding upon their interview scoring

Postgraduate degrees and qualifications

In this section it is permissible to select some of the options for non-medical related qualifications, eg a PhD in psychology; it will be specified against each option where this is the case. 

Degree classifications 

Where you have gained a degree/qualification which does not appear to fit exactly within one of the options available here, please select the option here which you deem equivalent based upon your knowledge of the level of the qualifications within the UK and the country where you gained your qualification. 

You will be required to justify your selected option on the application form as to why you deemed this the equivalent option; interviewers may ask you about this further at interview. 

Intercalated degrees 

Intercalated degrees are usually awarded at bachelors’ level but are sometimes given at masters level. Regardless of which level your degree was awarded at, all intercalated degress should be scored in this section, even if the award was a masters

Undergraduate or postgraduate? 

In the event that you have gained a qualification which could be included under either the undergraduate or postgraduate degrees/qualifications section, you can include this under whichever of the two sections you feel is most appropriate. 

However, you should only include this under one section or the other, but not both. 

Teaching postgraduate qualifications not to be included 

Please note that any postgraduate qualifications related to teaching that you may have gained (eg. PG Cert, PG Dip etc) should not be scored for in this section, and should instead be included in the Training in Teaching section. 

MRCP(UK) not included 

Please do not include details of MRCP(UK) (or other postgraduate examinations of this nature) within this section.  

Examples of evidence 

Where possible you should be able to show your qualification certificate. Where you do not have access to it, a letter from the awarding body confirming the qualification will suffice. 

Additional guidance 

The 'Overview' tab has some general guidance on scoring, so please review this if you are unclear, however please be aware we cannot give guidance on which specific option to choose.

Postgraduate degrees and qualifications
OptionScore availableNotes
PhD or DPhil Doctor of Philosophy (can include non-medical related qualifications) 6

You undertook research involving original work, usually of at least two to three years' duration, and ideally resulting in one or more peer-reviewed publication.
A majority of the time during the period should have been dedicated to research rather than clinical training.
To score yourself for an MD it should meet the UK definition of an MD: A supervised research degree for students already registered with the General Medical Council, is studied full time over 2 years or 4 years part time awarded a doctorate if your thesis is judged to represent an original contribution to knowledge in your chosen area.

MD Doctor of Medicine - two-year original research-based or MPhil Master of Philosophy (can include non-medical related qualifications) 5 The MD Doctor of Medicine means that you undertook full-time research involving original work, usually of at least two years' duration, and ideally resulting in one or more peer-reviewed publication
Masters level degree eg MSc, MA, MRes, etc. (can include non-medical qualifications). Typically lasts 8 months or longer, full-time equivalent 4 This must be a specific course that usually lasts for three university terms (or equivalent) and is eight months' or more duration (full time equivalent); it must not be claimed for upgrading a bachelor’s degree without further study as is offered in some universities
MD Doctor of Medicine - dissertation 3 You undertook a dissertation (ie writing about a subject not using your own original research) with a relatively small amount of research content, and usually of one year or less in duration

Other relevant postgraduate diploma or postgraduate certificate typically lasting between one and ten months (whole-time equivalent). 

You cannot claim for any membership examinations, or parts thereof, from within or outside the UK; this includes the MRCP(UK). Qualifications unrelated to medicine cannot be claimed for in this option.

2

This option is for relevant postgraduate courses / modules - eg diploma of tropical medicine and hygiene. It is not permissible to claim points for partially completed qualifications - eg 1 year of a three-year degree.

In addition to not being able to claim for the MRCP(UK) in this section, you also may not claim for other specialties' membership examinations (eg MRCGP) or any similar qualifications from outside the UK (eg MRCP Ireland, FCPS Pakistan).

For a qualification to count, the eligibility criteria must specify that only graduate entrants can apply.

None/other: please specify 0 This space is for you to mention anything which you think is of relevance, but which cannot be categorised above.

Please note that entries under this option do not gain marks at the application stage, but may be one of the factors taken into account by interviewers when deciding upon their interview scoring.

Additional achievements

Please note that where a stated percentage is given you must be able to demonstrate this to claim that option. If your medical school do not specify this you will need to contact them to ask whether they can supply something in writing to verify that your performance met the specified criteria. 

Examples of evidence 

This would normally be a letter or certificate from the medical school or organiser which confirms the award. 

Additional guidance 

The 'Overview' tab has some general guidance on scoring, so please review this if you are unclear, however please be aware we cannot give guidance on which specific option to choose. 

Additional achievements
OptionScore availableNotes
High-achievement award for primary medical qualification (eg honours or distinction) awarded to no more than the top 18% 6 If more than 18% of the year receive honours/distinction etc., then it no longer marks you out as exceptional in this category
Awarded international/national prize related to medicine 4 This means that the prize is open to medical undergraduates and / or postgraduates in the country of training.
One or more prizes / distinctions / merits related to parts of the medical course awarded to no more than the top 20% 2 You may only claim this if you were in the top 20% of marks for part of the course on at least one occasion
None/other: please specify 0 This space is for you to mention anything you think is of relevance which cannot be categorised above. 

Please note  that entries under this option  do not gain marks at the application stage , but may be one of the factors taken into account by interviewers when deciding upon their interview scores.

Presentations / posters

Typically, you will be invited or selected to give a presentation or show your poster. In situations where you are solely presenting or showing your poster because you have paid a fee you may only select the “none/other” option. 

What is a presentation? 

'Presentations' referred to here are oral presentations, with or without slides, in front of an audience of healthcare professionals. 

These can be of anything related to medicine, typically a case or case series, research or other topic. It would normally be expected to include a question and answer session. 

Posters 

If a poster is shown without an accompanying oral presentation you can still claim points in line with the relevant statement below. 

'Shown' should be considered to mean a significant role in the content of the poster with a defined opportunity for discussion during the conference/meeting at which it is displayed. 

What if I did not personally present or show a poster? 

If you were a significant contributor (usually first or second author) to a presentation/poster but did not personally present/show it, you can still claim the points as if you had presented. 

Presentations/posters cancelled due to COVID-19 

If you were due to present a poster or oral presentation which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you may claim the points as if it had been presented. You will need to be able to access evidence that your work was selected for presentation, the event was cancelled due to COVID-19 and the work completed; e.g. poster, abstract, PowerPoint presentation etc. 

What is a medical meeting? 

Typically, this will be an audience of doctors and/or other healthcare professionals attending away from their normal place of work for which attendees will be undertaking continuing professional development. 

The exception to this is the option for a local meeting where the audience is predominantly internal to that workplace. 

Examples of evidence 

This could include a range of documents, examples include: a certificate or letter confirming the invitation and/or delivery of the presentation/poster, an abstract submitted to the organiser, inclusion in the abstracts book for the meeting, a copy of the presentation slides or poster. 

Additional guidance 

The 'Overview' tab has some general guidance on scoring, so please review this if you are unclear, however please be aware we cannot give guidance on which specific option to choose. 

Presentations
OptionScore availableNotes
An oral presentation in which I was a first or second author was given at a national or international medical meeting 8 National means that participation is routinely extended to, and accepted by, anyone in the country; as implied, international means participation extends beyond this
A poster in which I was a first or second author was shown at a national or international medical meeting  5 National means that participation is routinely extended to, and accepted by, anyone in the country; as implied, international means participation extends beyond this
An oral presentation in which I was a first or second author was given at a regional medical meeting 5 Regional means that participation is confined to, for example, a county, medical training region, health authority, or a recognised cluster of hospitals, extending beyond a city.
An oral presentation in which I was a first or second author was given at a local medical meeting  2 Local usually means participation is confined to a local hospital or university setting.
A poster in which I was a first or second author was shown at a regional or local medical meeting 2 See the options above for notes about what regional/local entails.
None/other: please specify 0 This option can be used for anything else you think is relevant that cannot be categorised above, including presentations not yet delivered.

Please note that entries under this option do not gain marks at the application stage, but may be one of the factors taken into account by interviewers when deciding upon their interview scoring.

Publications

PubMed citations

Any item included under an option stating 'PubMed-cited' must be cited in PubMed, so as to demonstrate that it is both peer-reviewed and relevant to medicine.

Where possible, you should include this PubMed reference when giving details of publications and the application form will require you to leave the web link for your article. Cochrane reviews can be regarded as equivalent. The only exception to this is in the case of published medical books, which do not require PubMed citation.

Authorship

Any stated authorship must be recognised by PubMed within the author section of the citation system.

In press

Whilst achievements not yet gained cannot usually be claimed, an exception to this are any articles/publications which have been completely accepted, but are just waiting to be published - ie 'in press'.

Examples of evidence 

A photocopy of the article/webpage where the article is found, excerpts from a medical book, confirmation that your article is ‘in press’ if not yet published. The PubMed link should be included on the application form where it is available.

 

Publications
OptionScore availableNotes
I am first author, joint-first author or corresponding author, of two or more PubMed-cited original research publications (or in press) 8 For this option, you need to be first or joint-first author in all of the publications to which you refer
I am co-author of two or more PubMed-cited original research publications (or in press) 7 This option can be interpreted as 'I am at least co-author in more than one...'
I am first author, joint-first author or corresponding author, of one PubMed-cited original research publication (or in press) 6
I have written at least 50% of a book related to medicine (this does not include self-published books) 6 This refers to medicine in its broadest sense and not just hospital medicine. Books must be published by an independent publishing house, ie not self-published
I am co-author of one PubMed-cited original research publication (or in press) 5
I am first author, joint-first author, corresponding author or co-author of more than one PubMed-cited other publication (or in press) such as editorials, reviews, case reports, letters, etc    4
I have written a chapter of a book related to medicine in its broadest sense (this does not include self-published books) 4 This refers to medicine in its broadest sense and not just hospital medicine. Books must be published by an independent publishing house, ie not self-published
I am first author, joint-first author, or co-author of one PubMed-cited other publication (or in press) such as an editorial, review, case report, letter, etc 3

I have published one or more abstracts, non peer-reviewed articles or published articles that are not PubMed-cited

2
None/other: please specify 0 This option can be used for anything else you think is relevant that cannot be categorised above, including things not yet accepted for publication.

Please note that entries under this option do not gain marks at the application stage, but may be one of the factors taken into account by interviewers when deciding upon their interview scoring.

Glossary of publications section terms

In press - this means that your piece has been fully accepted for publication; no further alterations are required; and it is just waiting to be published.

PubMed - virtually all published articles relevant to medicine will have a unique PubMed ID number (PMID) assigned to it. If a published article does not have a PMID, it is unlikely to be relevant here.

Peer-reviewed - this means that your piece has been sent to one or more independent reviewers prior to acceptance for publication.

Submitted article - this cannot gain any marks at the short-listing stage, because it is not known if it will be published. However, you may wish to mention it to support your application, and you may wish to discuss this at interview.

First author - this means first on the list of authors.

Joint-first author - this is a specific definition and will be specified in the publication.

Corresponding author – this is a specific definition and will be specified in the publication.

Co-author - this means that you are on the list of authors as recognised within the PubMed citation system, but are not first or joint-first author. Contributors recognised within the manuscript but not specified as an author within the PubMed citation system, cannot claim for this publication.

'Other' publication - anything that is not an original research article (or book/chapter) - eg editorials, reviews, abstracts, case reports, letters, etc. On-line discussion forums or posted articles do not count.

Original research - this covers basic scientific research as well as systematic reviews/meta-analyses.

Teaching

Teaching is split into two separate scoring areas, ‘Teaching experience’ and ‘Training in teaching’. 

Timescale of programmes

It is difficult to be prescriptive about timescales as it will depend on the regularity and length of sessions. What is important is that a lasting commitment to a meaningful teaching programme can be demonstrated. Therefore, you will need to use your professional judgement if your programme was less than three months on whether you can reasonably select this option and provide evidence accordingly.

Feedback

this means you have either evidence of senior observation and feedback (e.g. Developing the Clinical Teacher or Teaching Observation form) or that there has been collection and analysis of participants' feedback forms with  independent  verification. Independent feedback should ideally be supported by a letter or certificate from a course organiser/deputy, local tutors or a report detailing the analysis.

COVID-19

it is recognised that some teaching programmes may have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Any teaching programme that had been fully organised with at least some sessions delivered, may claim the option as if the programme had been completed. You must provide a letter from your local tutor/organisation to confirm the situation and you must also have evidence of your work up to the point of cancellation; e.g. timetable, outline programme, any presentation materials, feedback on the sessions delivered.

Examples of evidence  

Teaching experience  

Evidence of formal feedback collected is required for all scoring options – this could be a letter/form from the local tutor/organisation or feedback forms from attendees.

To score the two highest scoring options you will additionally need to provide:

  • a letter from your local tutor/organisation confirming your contribution to the course
  • evidence of the timetable, outline of the programme/content

Letters from a tutor/organisation responsible for your programme must be on a headed document from the organisation.

Training in teaching

Where possible you should be able to show your qualification certificate. Where you do not have access to it, a letter from the awarding body confirming attendance on the course or completion of the qualification will suffice.  

Additional information  

The 'Overview' tab has some general guidance on scoring, so please review this if you are unclear, however please be aware we cannot give guidance on which specific option to choose.  


Teaching experience

  

Teaching experience

  

Option

Score available

Notes

I have worked with local tutors to design and organise a teaching programme (a series of sessions) to enhance locally organised teaching for healthcare professionals or medical students. I have contributed regularly to teaching over a period of approximately three months or longer. I have evidence of formal feedback

6

You have worked with local tutors to organise a teaching programme and arrange teachers; it is not necessary for you to have personally designed the teaching programme. You have a certificate or letter of recognition of your contribution. You have evidence of formal feedback from these sessions, or a ‘Developing the Clinical Teacher’/’Teaching Observation’ form.

I have organised a local teaching programme for healthcare professionals or medical students consisting of  more than one session and contributed regularly to teaching over a period of approximately three months or longer. I have evidence of formal feedback

5

You have worked with local tutors to organise an existing programme and arrange teachers. You have a certificate or letter of recognition of your contribution. You have evidence of formal feedback from these sessions, or a ‘Developing the Clinical Teacher’ form.

I have provided regular teaching for healthcare professionals or medical students over a period of approximately three months or longer. I have evidence of formal feedback

3

For example, regular bedside or classroom teaching, acting as a mentor to a student or acting as a tutor in a virtual learning environment. You have a certificate or letter of recognition of your contribution. You have evidence of formal feedback from these sessions, or a ‘Developing the Clinical Teacher’ / ’Teaching Observation form.

I have taught medical students or other healthcare professionals occasionally . I have evidence of formal feedback

2

You have provided teaching on an ad hoc basis. You have evidence of formal feedback from these sessions, or a ‘Developing the Clinical Teacher’ form.

none/other: please specify

0

This option can be used for anything else you think is relevant that cannot be categorised above.
  
   Please note  that entries under this option do not gain marks at the application stage, but may be one of the factors taken into account by interviewers when deciding upon their interview scoring.


Training in teaching

  

Training in teaching

  

Option

Score available

Notes

I have been awarded a masters level teaching qualification.

4

This could be full time over one academic year or part-time over multiple years.

I have a higher qualification in teaching eg PG Cert or PG Diploma.

3

 

I have had substantial training* in teaching methods lasting more than two days; this could include a completed module which forms part of a postgraduate teaching qualification.

2

This should be additional to any training received as part of your primary medical qualification.

Please see the notes below on 'substantial training in teaching'. 

I have had brief training in teaching methods lasting no more than two days.

1

 This should be additional to any training received as part of your primary medical qualification.

I have had no training in teaching methods.

0

*Substantial training in teaching - this means you have undergone formal training, lasting more than 2 days (whole time equivalent). Substantial training is defined here as more than the usual short (one or two day) course which is mandatory for most trainee doctors, and more than the usual online modules completed in a few hours. This does not necessarily need to be a single course but where multiple courses have been attended, these must be complementary and not covering similar topics. Evidence of attendance and reflection on learning should be available. 

Quality improvement

The QI project (QIP) may be a new project or might involve the further development and sustainability of an existing change project. Clinical audits can be a type of QI project, if they use QI methodology. Your project must demonstrate use of recognised QI methodology, e.g. Plan Do Study Act (PDSA) cycles or equivalent .

Please note:

  • If you have been involved in a long-running multi-cycle project, you can only claim points based on the cycles in which you were directly involved. 
  • If your project has not yet completed a single cycle, you can only select the 'none/other' option.

COVID-19 – it is recognised that some quality improvement projects may have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Any project which had been fully designed and data collection commenced but could not be completed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, may claim the option as if that cycle of the planned project had been delivered. You must provide correspondence from your supervisor/or other appropriate consultant to confirm the situation and you must also have evidence of your work up to the point of cancellation; e.g. project outline, data capture.


Examples of evidence 
The preference is a QIPAT form. If this is not available, a headed document from your supervisor/organisation confirming similar information, which must as a minimum cover:

  • QIP topic (The reason for the choice of QIP is clear, aims of the QIP are stated, SMART and trainee led)
  • QI measures identified (Process, outcome and balancing measures identified)
  • Demonstration of use of QIP methodology
  • Change implementation (Documentation of progress, problems and unexpected observations. Run chart of results)
  • Evaluation of change (Complete analysis of data. Data compared to predictions. Clear identification of what was learnt)
  • Future application of the QIP considered

A fully completed QIPAT form or equivalent document will mean no additional evidence is required. If you feel you need to attach additional information to demonstrate your project, this could include: project outline/plan, the project presentation/poster; all evidence should describe your direct involvement. 

Additional guidance 

The 'Overview' tab has some general guidance on scoring, so please review this if you are unclear, however please be aware we cannot give guidance on which specific option to choose. 

 Quality improvement
OptionScore availableNotes

Involvement in all stages of three or more cycles of a quality improvement project 

8

For example you participated in all stages of two PDSA cycles (or similar) as well as a further cycle consisting, as a minimum, of data collection and analysis.

Involvement in a project where a change/act/action step has not been carried out but only suggestions for change created/presented does not constitute involvement in all stages.

Presentation of a project is not an essential stage as not all QI work requires presentation.

It is likely that this involved working as part of a team but you must evidence your own role within the QI activity for all stages.

Involvement in all stages of two cycles of a quality improvement project 

6

For example you participated in all stages of a PDSA cycle (or similar) as well as a further cycle consisting, as a minimum, of data collection and analysis.

Involvement in a project where a change/act/action step has not been carried out but only suggestions for change created/presented does not constitute involvement in all stages.

Presentation of a project is not an essential stage as not all QI work requires presentation.

It is likely that this involved working as part of a team but you must evidence your own role within the QI activity for all stages.

Involvement in some stages of two cycles of a quality improvement project OR  involved in all stages of a single cycle of a quality improvement project

4

For example you were involved in data collection/analysis for two cycles of a QI project but not the change and/or planning stages.
You participated in all stages of a PDSA cycle or were involved in planning, data collection, data analysis, and change.
Involvement in a project where a change/act/action step has not been carried out but only suggestions for change created/presented does not constitute involvement in all stages.
Presentation of a project is not an essential stage as not all QI work requires presentation.

 Involvement in some stages of a single cycle of a quality improvement project

2 For example you were involved in data collection and analysis or a project that didn’t implement any change.
none/other: please specify
0 This option can be used for anything else you think is relevant that cannot be categorised above.

Leadership and management

Roles related to the provision of healthcare or a non-medical voluntary capacity can both be included in this section. 

Examples of roles in healthcare include: BMA national executive, trainee representative of a specialist society or college or a nationally held leadership and management fellowship. 

Examples of roles in a non-medical voluntary capacity include: charity, scouting/guides, sports, creative arts, police/military. 

Demonstrable impact - To score points in this role you must be able to indicate how you have made a difference in your leadership/management role; you will be given the opportunity to describe this on your application form.

Timing/duration of role - The point scoring options can only be used for roles which you have held since starting your first undergraduate degree (either your primary medical degree or a prior degree) and for a minimum of six months. The six months is of the application closing date and no leeway is allowed to ensure consistency for all applicants.

Examples of evidence 

Examples could include: minutes from meetings, a headed document, from the organisation in which the role was based, which confirms: your appointment to the role; the requirements of the role; your contribution and how you made an impact, a paper/report you have produced, formal feedback from colleagues.  

Your evidence should be able to demonstrate that you held/have held the role for the six-month minimum. 

Additional guidance 

The 'Overview' tab has some general guidance on scoring, so please review this if you are unclear, however please be aware we cannot give guidance on which specific option to choose. 

Leadership and Management
OptionScore availableNotes
I hold/have held a national/regional leadership or managerial role for 6 or more months and can demonstrate a positive impact 6

Examples include: BMA national executive, trainee representative of a specialist society or college or a nationally held leadership and management fellowship. Charity, scouting/guides, sports, creative arts at a national level

I hold/have held a local leadership or managerial role for 6 or more months and can demonstrate a positive impact 3 Examples include a role within one hospital or medical school such as junior doctors’ mess president or trainee representative on a hospital committee. Charity, scouting/guides, sports, creative arts at a local or regional level
None/other: please specify 0

You can use the space to mention anything which you think is of relevance that cannot be categorised above. This includes those not meeting the minimum time duration.

Please note that entries under this option do not gain marks at the application stage, but may be one of the factors taken into account by interviewers when deciding upon their interview scoring.