Changes to Approved Practice Settings

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29 / 4 / 2014 11.42am

From 30 April 2014 the General Medical Council (GMC) will make changes to the Approved Practice Setting (APS) scheme. 

Employers will be aware that new doctors or doctors returning to practice are required to work in an Approved Practice Setting (APS), which is recognised by the GMC as offering appropriate supervision and appraisal arrangements. Currently organisations have to apply for APS status and provide the GMC with periodic assurance they are meeting set criteria.

Since the introduction of the Approved Practice Setting (APS) in 2007 there have been a number of changes and as a result the GMC have reviewed and rationalised the scheme.

From 30 April 2014 organisations will no longer have to apply to the GMC for Approved Practice Setting status or provide periodic assurance. Instead any organisation that is a recognised designated body under the Responsible Officer Regulations will also be recognised as an Approved Practice Setting.

This will mean doctors will not be bound to a physical location, as long as they maintain their prescribed connection to their designated body. As is currently the case, individual doctors will be responsible for complying with the APS requirement on their registration.

Next steps

Employing organisations do not need to change the way they employ or contract with doctors. If you are a designated body and complying with the Responsible Officer regulations you will automatically be recognised as an Approved Practice Setting.

Organisations will no longer have to provide assurances to the GMC about their compliance with APS, unless it is suspected that the Responsible Officer Regulations are not being followed.

Read more information about Approved Practice Settings on the GMC website.

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