AAC representatives provide essential support to make sure NHS organisations appoint the most suitable candidates.
There is a statutory requirement for a representative from the RCR to sit on each AAC panel in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Learning how other trusts and health boards operate can contribute to your professional development. As an RCR representative, your expertise will help the recruiting committee appoint the most suitable candidate for their post. This process makes sure the successful candidate’s training meets the requirements of the role, or identifies where further training is needed.
How the AAC process works
- The recruiting organisation submits an AAC application form to the AAC team with the panel details.
- The AAC team processes the request and sends the recruiting organisation a list of suitable representatives to contact for the panel.
- The recruiting organisation contacts the representatives directly and confirms a representative to sit on the panel.
- The recruiting organisation advises the AAC team of this.
- The team sends the representative the panel outcome form and the AAC guidance for RCR representatives (PDF)
- The representative completes the outcome form and returns it to the AAC team.
All AAC representatives are required to:
- Have the capacity to attend AACs at least twice a year
- Have a keen interest in maintaining high professional standards in clinical radiology or clinical oncology nationally
- Be willing and able to express an impartial opinion on the relative merits of each candidate as requested by the panel chair
- Watch the RCR’s AAC representative training webinars on fair and non-discriminatory interviewing and selection techniques and in the application of equal opportunities legislation. These must be reviewed every three years.
AAC panels appointing consultants
For AAC panels appointing to a consultant grade post, the AAC representative must:
- Be a current Fellow of the RCR
- Have held a substantive consultant post in the NHS for at least two years and still be in active practice (or within six months of retirement)
AAC panels appointing to SAS grade posts
The RCR has no statutory role in the appointment of staff and associate specialist (SAS) grade posts, but it is considered good practice to involve the College. For AAC panels appointing to a SAS grade post, the AAC representative must:
- Be a current member or Fellow of the RCR
- Have held a substantive clinical post in the NHS for at least two years and still be in active practice (or within six months of retirement)
If you are not sure if are eligible, email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact the AAC team for advice.
If you are interested in becoming an AAC representative, please complete the relevant online form. The AAC team will contact you to confirm your application.
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In these videos, former RCR Officers explain the AAC role and give their perspectives on its value and benefits: