iMAP (Membership by Assessment of Performance) the route to RCGP membership for established GPs
Since 2007 iMAP has been the route to membership of the RCGP for established General Practitioners who are on the GP register. Successful attainment of iMAP conferred MRCGP and all the benefits of full membership with the RCGP. We have supported hundreds of GPs improve their practice and reach the standards required for membership of the College.
iMAP is now closed to new applicants. Current candidates will continue to be supported through the process and the College will continue to recognise the high standards reached by successful candidates. The College is will be launching a new Membership by Assessment of Performance (MAP) programme in Spring 2014. If you are interested in applying for MAP please email the team (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will contact you when the new programme goes live.
Below are details about the iMAP programme which are provided to support existing candidates who are completing their portfolios (and modules) over the coming months.
iMAP requires candidates to complete a portfolio of activities they carry out during the working day. The portfolio breaks these down into 15 separate criteria which should be relevant to and achievable by GPs with a wide variety of work patterns. Several of the criteria are also required for Revalidation.
Assessment through iMAP
iMAP comprises three distinct assessment stages – the production of a satisfactory portfolio followed by an oral assessment.
There are three steps:
iMAP Diagram - flow chart of process [PDF]
By applying for iMAP candidates confirm that they are familiar with, and agree to abide by, the iMAP regulations.
iMAP regulations [PDF]
The application form including payment (by cheque made payable to RCGP) to the iMAP Office, RCGP, 30 Euston Square, London, NW1 2FB. On receipt eligibility checks to be carried out by the iMAP office. Please request the application form from the iMAP office if you are a candidate who has completed all 15 criteria and are planning to do the Oral Examination.
Download and fill in the templates to compile the portfolio following the guidance in the iMAP Handbook. When this is complete, email it to the iMAP office and make the required payment.
Evidence for the Significant Event Analysis, Audit, Multi Source Feedback, Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire and Complaints (the same evidence required for revalidation) can be up to five years old on the date it is submitted. Other evidence must be no more than one year old.
Submitting your portfolio
The portfolio must be submitted within one year of application.
For help compiling the portfolio see the guidance documents below as well as the Handbook.
iMAP Criterion 1 Prescribing guidance [PDF]
iMAP Criterion 2 Audit guidance [PDF]
iMAP Criterion 3 Significant event analysis guidance [PDF]
iMAP Criterion 4 Personally administered drugs guidance [PDF]
iMAP Criterion 5 Acute illness management guidance [PDF]
iMAP Criterion 6 Providing treatment in an emergency guidance [PDF]
iMAP Criterion 7 Long term patient care guidance [PDF]
iMAP Criterion 8 Maintaining good medical practice guidance [PDF]
iMAP Criterion 9 Patient satisfaction questionnaire guidance [PDF]
iMAP Criterion 10 Complaints guidance [PDF]
iMAP Criterion 11 Working with colleagues and in team guidance [PDF]
iMAP Criterion 12 Referrals guidance [PDF]
iMAP Criterion 13 Keeping good medical records guidance [PDF]
iMAP Criterion 14 Ethical principles guidance [PDF]
iMAP Criterion 15 Safeguarding children guidance [PDF]
Candidates who are currently in the process of completing iMAP via the modular route are requested to contact the iMAP office if they wish to obtain templates for any module.
Portfolios are marked by a pair of assessors according to the iMAP definition of scores:
iMAP definition of scores[PDF]
Marking usually takes approximately four weeks for a whole portfolio. Marked submissions are returned to candidates by email by the iMAP office and will contain guidance on any changes required. A maximum of two resubmission attempts are permitted.
Step three: oral assessment
Candidates will be invited to attend the oral assessment when the portfolio has been accepted (this may be after one, or several, attempts) and their eligibility for iMAP has been confirmed by the iMAP office.
The basis of the oral is to discuss and justify particular actions or approaches to general practice. This is an opportunity for candidates to reflect on their personal practice and review the evidence that underpins their professional activity.
It is important that candidates are familiar with their portfolio in its entirety, including comments made by the portfolio assessors. The iMAP office will request payment and confirm the precise time and date of the oral at least four weeks in advance. Limited dates are available.
The oral lasts for 90 minutes and is divided into three separate sessions with three different pairs of iMAP assessors. There is a 5 minute break between each session.
The first session (Oral 1) lasts 40 minutes and comprises a discussion mainly around the candidate’s submitted portfolio. The questions will be based around elements of the portfolio where the justification for action might not be clear or require further exploration. Some, but not all, of these issues will have been highlighted by the portfolio assessors which means that the candidates will be aware of them before the oral assessment.
The second and third parts of the oral are divided into two sessions, each lasting 20 minutes, and the questions are based on the criteria in the iMAP Handbook.
Up to two attempts at the oral assessment are permitted.
Click here for some additional guidance on the Oral Assessment
iMAP, Revalidation, appraisal and CPD
iMAP is modelled on the appraisal portfolio and an appraiser should accept the iMAP portfolio or criteria in the portfolio for appraisal with very little additional information.
Five areas required for Revalidation are also required for iMAP. These are:
Significant Event Analysis
Patient Satisfaction Questionnaire
The iMAP templates provide a good structure by which to fulfil the requirements for Revalidation. The other criteria in iMAP can be used as additional supporting information for Revalidation / appraisal.
Revalidation and CPD
Successful iMAP candidates
Successful iMAP candidates [.XLS]
Tel: 020 3188 7661
Candidate support and study days are provided by local RCGP faculty offices. Use the links below to find contact details for your local faculty.
There may be an iMAP / MAP study day being run near you (MAP study days start in May 2014). On the home page enter iMAP as the keyword in the Courses & Events search facility.
Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Please note that the RACGP recognises the iMAP qualification as specialist pathway program qualification in category 2. Category 2 of the SPP recognises the experience required for FRACGP and entitles candidates to commence working in Australia without having to sit and pass Australian Medical Council (AMC) examinations. Category 2 candidates are required to complete all three RACGP Fellowship exam segments in order to proceed to FRACGP.
See http://www.racgp.org.au/becomingagp/imgos/specialist-pathway/ for further information.