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Letters National performance assessment body

NHS Resolution provides a service for assessing clinical performance

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 01 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4522
  1. Sanjay Sekhri, acting director,
  2. Karen Wadman, acting director
  1. Practitioner Performance Advice, NHS Resolution, London SW1W 9SZ, UK
  1. sanjay.sekhri{at}

Sooltan calls for a national body to assess the performance of doctors.1 We draw attention to the longstanding role of NHS Resolution’s Practitioner Performance Advice service (formerly the National Clinical Assessment Service).

We are an independent, advisory body with a remit to resolve concerns about the performance of doctors, dentists, and pharmacists. One of the key ways we do this is through assessments of individual practitioners, which provide a comprehensive, impartial, and evidence based view of clinical performance. This is a detailed, workplace based assessment, which includes direct observations of practice and a review of clinical records, carried out by appropriately qualified clinicians from the same specialty as the practitioner being assessed.

As a national body, NHS Resolution’s Practitioner Performance Advice service is a recognised and respected assessment of clinical performance. Patient safety is at the heart of what we do, and our assessments support both healthcare organisations and practitioners to resolve performance concerns in a safe, fair, and timely way.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.


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