Advisory Appointments Committees (AAC) and Job Description Approval

We share information below designed for medical staffing departments when planning appointments for SRH posts. This includes processes for Advisory Appointments Committees (AAC) and Job Description Approval.

Job description reviews

Before posts are advertised for consultant and specialty doctor posts, medical staffing departments should send the job description to Sam Yosef at specialty@fsrh.org.
We will respond within 4 weeks of receiving your job description.

Download our Appointment Guidelines for further information about the pre-interview and appointment process as well as contract considerations.

Consultant posts

It is a legal requirement for all doctors to be on the GMC’s specialist register before they can take up a consultant appointment. Specialist registrars who have CCT dates no more than six months from the date of an Advisory Appointments Committee (ACC) may apply and be interviewed.

We recommend that all other categories of doctors are on (or likely to be on) the specialist register, before being considered for a consultant appointment by an AAC.

SAS doctor posts

We have no statutory role in the appointment of specialist grade and specialty doctor posts, but recommend below as good practice.

Specialist grade

The specialist grade introduced in April 2021 requires employers to use the generic capabilities framework and template person specification, which they will develop based on the requirements of the service.

A doctor in this grade needs to:

  • Have a full registration and licence to practice with the General Medical Council.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 years medical work (either continuously or in aggregate) since obtaining a primary medical qualification, of which a minimum of 6 years should have been in a relevant specialty.
  • To meet the criteria set out in the generic capabilities framework that has been developed.

Specialty doctor

A doctor in this grade needs to:

  • Have a full registration and licence to practice with the General Medical Council
  • Complete at least four years’ full-time postgraduate training (or its equivalent gained on a part time or flexible basis). At least two of these will be in a specialty training programme in a relevant specialty; or as a fixed term specialty trainee in a relevant specialty; or equivalent experience and competencies.

Setting up an Advisory Appointments Committee (AAC)


Role of the Faculty representative

The FSRH representative is a core member of an AAC panel. Their main role is to assess the training of applicants to make sure they are suitable for the post and have the necessary qualifications.

FSRH representatives are full members of an AAC and should be included in the shortlisting process except for AACs for SAS doctor where shortlisting is not required.

Once a FSRH representative is secured for an AAC, the health authority should contact them with details of the AAC.

Process for requesting a Faculty representative at an AAC

You will need to notify us as soon as an AAC date is confirmed, even if this is at job planning stage. We will need at least eight weeks’ notice to secure a FSRH representative for an AAC.

If you would like to request a FSRH representative, or have any questions, contact Sam Yosef at specialty@fsrh.org.