College Representation on Advisory Appointments Committees (AACs)

– IMPORTANT NOTICE – All requests for approval of job descriptions/person specifications/job plans are required to come through the College AAC co-ordinator at and not direct to the Regional Advisor.


Download the flowchart outlining the process here

The statutory function of the College to nominate assessors to sit on Advisory Appointments Committees (AACs) is regarded as an important part of the maintenance and improvement of standards of practice in anaesthesia. The College nominates assessors to attend AACs for the appointment of consultant and non-consultant posts in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. In 2009 Scotland adopted a different appointment process. The relevant legislation governing appointments in Scotland is available here.

For further information about the regulations governing AACs please refer to the National Health Service (Appointment of Consultants) Regulations: Good Practice Guidance (January 2005). This document provides good practice guidance on the NHS (Appointment of Consultants) Regulations 1996 (Statutory Instruments 2004 No.3365) in Annex A: Stages in the setting up of an Advisory Appointments Committee (AAC). The 1996 Regulations and subsequent amendments do not apply to NHS Foundation Trusts although the College recommends that they can follow this guidance when appointing to a consultant post. Please be aware that both the regulations and the Good Practice Guidance apply to England only.

Allocation of SPA time for consultants
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has issued a supporting statement for appropriate allocation of SPA time for consultants.

A statement from the AAGBI and the College  appeared in the February 2010 edition of Anaesthesia News.
An article appeared in the July 2012 issue of the College Bulletin: Supporting Professional Activity - a cause of confusion.


Clinical Quality Administrator 
020 7092 1571

Useful information

The College is looking to appoint a lead for its Appointments Advisory Committee (AAC) workstream
Information which may be useful to HR Departments for recruitment requirements
RA Guidance for College Approval of Job Descriptions, Job Plans and Person Specifications
College Guidance for HR (medical staffing) Professionals
A list showing the number of AAC requests received at the College by month and year
A report by the Advisory Appointments Committees Team