Advisory Appointments Committees and Job Description Approvals

The College is responsible for reviewing job descriptions and nominating assessors to attend Advisory Appointments Committee (AAC) panels for all non-training posts in the NHS in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man/Channel Islands.

Important notice in response to COVID-19

At this time recruitment remains the responsibility of the employing body and the RCoA will endeavour to support trusts in how they opt to proceed given the current circumstances, as long as they act in accordance with NHS Employers advice and in response to local conditions and need.

Job description reviews

The COVID-19 outbreak has impacted the availability of our Regional Advisers to review job descriptions. As such please note the following:

  • where possible, we recommend that requests for non-urgent posts are postponed
  • if you wish to submit a JD for review please note it will take longer than normal for the outcome.
  • for expired JD approvals, please note that we have extended our approval time frame from 6 months to 1 year from the initial date of approval so long as the JD has not been altered. If you are unsure whether your approval is still valid please check with the AAC team.

AAC panels

The COVID-19 outbreak has had a severe impact on the availability of clinicians to attend AACs. In light of, this the RCoA recommends:

  • any upcoming AACs are planned in good time (at least 8 weeks’ notice)
  • travel of College representatives be avoided and instead to utilise videoconference software to conduct interviews (provided employers can provide sufficient IT support to make these systems work well for interviewees and others)
  • to contact us immediately if a College representative is no longer available to attend a forthcoming AAC
  • to contact us as soon as possible if AACs are postponed/cancelled.

We will continue to keep this information under review and update accordingly. You are advised to keep checking back for the latest information.


Job description approvals

The College manages the approval of job descriptions and person specifications for consultant and SAS grade posts in anaesthesia, intensive care medicine and pain medicine.

To submit a job description/person specification for approval, please email it to

Attendance at AAC panels

The College nominates assessors to attend AAC panels where requested. It is expected that eight weeks’ notice is given to maximise the chances of finding an appropriate assessor to attend.

Once a panel date has been agreed internally, medical HR are requested to email with the date, time and location of the panel, attaching a copy of the approved JD and the approval form to request an assessor to attend.