is an Associate Director (Assessment Development) at NCAS and a consultant to the General Medical Council on performance assessment and the training of assessors. She has held senior management posts in the NHS, including Medical Director of Newcastle City Health NHS Trust, Chief Executive of Gateshead and South Tyneside Health Authority and Associate Postgraduate Dean at the University of Newcastle. She trained as a GP in Glasgow and, following a Teaching Fellowship in Canada, joined an inner city practice in Leicester and was appointed as Lecturer at Leicester Medical School. Between 1989 and 1994 she lived in New Zealand and was Senior Lecturer in Primary Care at Auckland Medical School and subsequently the Academic Dean, responsible for teaching, curriculum and assessment. Pauline McAvoy has a long-term interest in the assessment of clinical competence and has worked on a number of national initiatives including the Workplace Based Assessment subcommittee of PMETB, the development of the assessment framework for trainee doctors in the new Foundation Programme and the Recertification Technical Group of the RCGP. She has contributed widely to the literature on assessment and is involved with international collaborations in the assessment of clinicians in practice and is currently the Deputy Chair of IPAC (International Physician Assessment Coalition).
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