MRCGP Equality and Diversity

MRCGP Equal Opportunities Policy (19 KB PDF)

Disabilities and reasonable adjustments

Specific Learning Disability (SpLD) assessments during COVID-19

New SpLD assessments may be done remotely due to COVID-19 social distancing measures. This means disability assessors will use remote technology instead of a face-to-face meeting and provide an ‘Assessment of Need'. The SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) has introduced minimum standards for disability assessors to follow.

Remote assessments can use a limited range of tools and may not give an accurate diagnosis of a SpLD. As a result, recommendations for reasonable adjustments will need to be treated with caution.

SASC states assessments that can wait, should wait, but we understand this is not possible for many candidates. For this reason, we will treat remote assessment outcomes with caution and on a case-by-case basis.

We will accept preliminary findings and recommendations from remote assessments for AKT exam sittings. For the vast majority of candidates there will be no need for a further face-to-face educational psychologist assessment. However, in some situations, assuming face-to-face assessments have safely resumed, the RCGP may request a further detailed assessment (or other supporting evidence) before a final decision on Reasonable Adjustments is made.

We will review this guidance throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It may change in line with the government’s latest social distancing guidance.

Reasonable Adjustments

Applied Knowledge Test (AKT)

Appropriate arrangements will be made for those with disabilities or special needs, as far as they can be accommodated. You should notify the RCGP of any special requirements when submitting your application. Please book your centre, do not wait until you have confirmation of your adjustment. N.B. Candidates requesting additional time need to book a PM session as AM sessions cannot accommodate extended time due to the quarantine period.

Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA)

Appropriate arrangements will be made for those who have disabilities or special needs as far as these can be accommodated. You should notify the RCGP of any special requirements when submitting your application.

Request a reasonable adjustment for your examination

You should complete this form if you are seeking a reasonable adjustment in either the AKT or CSA. Please email the completed form to

  • MRCGP Reasonable Adjustment Form [DOC]
  • Information for disability assessors

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