Advisory Appointment Committees (AACs)

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:

AAC process

AAC Job Plan Adviser 


RCR AAC Representative Guidance

AAC Guidance for recruiting Trusts & Health Boards


Becoming a CO AAC Representative

Find out more and sign up to become a College representative

Advisory Appointment Committees - FAQs

Frequently asked questions on AACs