Clinical Assessment FAQs

Stage two of the Clinical Assessment will take place on 25th, 26th and 27th May 2021. The UKFPO are currently reviewing ways in which a face-to-face assessment can be delivered safely and in line with COVID-19 government guidance.

How do I know if I am required to undertake the Clinical Assessment?

If you qualified from medical school on or before 4th August 2019, you must undertake an assessment of your clinical skills in the UK prior to being granted full eligibility.

What does the Clinical Assessment involve?

The primary purpose of this assessment is to determine suitability to start the foundation programme. The assessments will be undertaken by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust. Candidates will sit a set of 8-station Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) in approximately 2 and a half hours for the Stage 1 online assessment. Further information on stage 2 will available to those candidates who pass the Stage 1. Stage 2 will be delivered in June 2021.

The stage 1 (online) clinical assessment will be held from 16th–20th November 2020 and on 24th November 2020.

I took the clinical assessment last year; do I need to take it again?

No. The clinical assessment is valid for 2 years.

Can I choose when I take the Clinical Assessment?

No, you cannot choose when to take the assessment. The stage 1 clinical assessment will be held from 16th–20th November 2020 and also on Tuesday 24th November 2020. You must attend the date that is provided to you or you will be removed from the application process.

Stage 2 will take place 25th, 26th and 27th May 2021. Progressing onto stage 2 is subject to passing stage 1.

What happens if I fail the clinical assessment?

Your application will be deemed ineligible as you will not have met the eligibility criteria for entry to foundation training. Your application will be withdrawn.

What is the cost of the clinical assessment?

Applicants who are required to undertake a clinical assessment will be required to pay the full cost of £850 by 16th October 2020 and this is non-refundable.

What is the pass mark for the Clinical Assessment?

For Stage 1, candidates will need to pass 4 of the 8 stations.  For Stage 2, they will need to pass 9 out of the 13 overall stations.  This will mean that any candidate who has only passed 4 stations at Stage 1, will need to pass all 5 stations at Stage 2.

If I pay for the clinical assessment and my application is later withdrawn for another reason, for example for not passing PLAB, will I receive a refund?