Clinical Assessment FAQs

How do I know if I am required to undertake the clinical assessment?

If you qualified from medical school on or before 5th August 2018, 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 16-station Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) in approximately four hours.

The clinical assessment will be held from 22nd – 25th October 2019.

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 clinical assessment will be held from 22nd – 25th October 2019. You must attend the date that is provided to you or you will be removed from the application process.

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 Your application will be withdrawn.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?


If I pay for the clinical assessment and my application is later withdrawn for another reason, for example for not passing PLAB, will I receive a refund?