Advisory Appointments Committee (AACs) are interview panels to appoint consultants and non-consultant posts to NHS Trusts and Health Boards.
There is a statutory requirement for a College representative from the RCR to sit on each AAC panel in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. This is to ensure that candidates have completed the correct training and are eligible for appointment.
The National Health Service (Appointments of Consultants) Regulations, Good Practice, January 2005, sets out the approach to be taken in appointing NHS doctor posts. The guidance does not apply to Foundation Trusts, however the 2005 Concordat between Medical Royal Colleges and the Foundation Trust Networks (revised in 2010), recognises the mutal benefits of the AAC process.
Full details of the changes can be found in the new guidance documents below: