MAP (Membership by Assessment of Performance)

The route to RCGP membership for established GPs

Membership by Assessment of Performance (MAP) has been designed for established GPs in the United Kingdom who wish to attain MRCGP, whether through a desire to strengthen their CVs, become GP trainers, or purely for the personal satisfaction and professional validation it offers.

Who is it for?  

Established GPs practising in the UK.

What does it involve?

A comprehensive portfolio of 13 criteria covering all aspects of your practice, to be submitted within a year of application. After marking by a panel of MAP assessors (all experienced GPs), some candidates will be asked to meet a further panel to discuss their submission. 

What resources are there to help me?

The MAP Handbook, detailed guidance and advice are available below. Your local RCGP faculty will be able to put you in touch with past and current candidates in your area and also will occasionally run MAP Study Days. The MAP office at the RCGP, 30 Euston Square, London is here to answer your queries. 

What do I get from it?

Once your application is accepted you will receive Associate RCGP membership for the next twelve months. Membership brings with it benefits including publications and bulletins; The Online Learning Environment (OLE); courses and careers information; and networking opportunities, including the annual National Conference. For more details contact RCGP Membership on

Five of the MAP criteria are required for Revalidation: quality improvement programmes, significant event audit, complaints and compliments, colleague feedback and patient feedback.

MAP encourages you to take a step back from your day to day practice and reflect on what you are doing. Most candidates have found the whole process, not just the result of obtaining MRCGP, to be beneficial to their work.

Assessment through MAP

There are three steps:

  • Step one: application 
  • Step two: portfolio stage
  • Step three: post portfolio (panel/s) stage
  • Flow chart of process [PDF]


  • Application fee: £300
    Submission fee: £699

Step one: application

By applying for MAP candidates confirm that they are familiar with, and agree to abide by, the MAP regulations.

MAP regulations [PDF]

The application form should be sent to the MAP Office, RCGP, 30 Euston Square, London, NW1 2FB. On receipt, eligibility checks will be carried out by the MAP office. The MAP office will then contact candidates with details of how to make payment (£300) and proceed with the portfolio.

Application form [PDF]

Step two: portfolio

Download and fill in the portfolio template following the guidance in the MAP Handbook. When this is complete and after the information has been submitted for discussion at annual appraisal, email it to the MAP office: at this point MAP staff will arrange online payment of the submission fee (£699). 

Evidence for the Significant Event Analysis, Quality Improvement Programmes, Colleague Feedback, Patient Feedback 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.

Colleague and Patient Feedback

The RCGP commissioned three reviews of colleague and patient survey instruments to identify those which it considered suitable for use by GPs for revalidation. We require that you use one of the following for MAP:

Colleague Feedback

Patient Feedback

Timescale for submitting your portfolio

The portfolio must be submitted within one year of confirmation of eligibility. Candidates will be advised of individual deadlines after their application is processed. Candidates will provided with details to make an online payment (£699) when they submit their portfolio.

For help compiling the portfolio see the guidance documents below as well as the Handbook.

MAP Criterion 1 Prescribing guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 2 Quality improvement programmes guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 3 Significant event analysis (SEA) guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 4 Managing acute illnesses guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 5 Urgent referrals to secondary care guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 6 Care of patients with long term conditions guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 7 Reflection on educational activities guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 8 Feedback from patients guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 9 Complaints and compliments guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 10 Feedback from colleagues guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 11 Referrals guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 12 Good medical records guidance [PDF]
MAP Criterion 13 Ethical principles guidance [PDF]

Portfolio assessment

Portfolios are marked by a pair of assessors according to the MAP definition of scores: 

MAP definition of scores [PDF]

Marking usually takes between four and six weeks. Marked submissions are returned to candidates by email from the MAP office and will contain guidance on any changes required. A maximum of two resubmission attempts are permitted.

Step three: Post portfolio and Panel(s) stage

Recommendation Panel

The role of the MAP Recommendation Panel is to review all portfolios that have been assessed, including all those that have reached the limit for re-submissions but have not been marked as satisfactory in all criteria. The Recommendation Panel will convene at regular intervals throughout the year. Candidates whose portfolios have reached a satisfactory standard in the judgement of the Panel in all criteria will be eligible for membership of the RCGP. Any candidate who has not reached a satisfactory standard will be invited to an interview with the Evaluation Panel.

Evaluation Panel

The Evaluation Panel’s role is to offer an interview to all candidates who have not been recommended for membership by the MAP Recommendation Panel. If the Recommendation Panel has not accepted a portfolio as reaching the necessary standard for membership then that candidate will be invited to come to an Evaluation Panel. There is an additional fee for £250.00 for all candidates who attend the Evaluation Panel.

See the MAP Regulations for further details about these panels.

Contact us

Tel: 020 3188 7661

Local support

Candidate support and study days are provided by local RCGP faculty offices. Use the links below to find contact details for your local faculty.

Local Faculties

There may be an MAP study day being run near you. Enter MAP as the keyword in the Courses and Events search facility at the top of this page.


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