The TOC Interview
After you have sent us the Evidence of Practice Questionnaire and supporting documentation, the next step is for TOC candidates to attend a TOC Assessment Interview. The Interview Panel will comprise three chiropractors.
We will send you information on the date, time and location of your interview after the closing date for applications has passed and once we have received all of the information that we require. The interview will take place in London.
Previous candidates who have taken the TOC have commented that while the assessors on the panel are friendly and supportive, the interview is challenging and that, to be successful, you are going to need to spend a significant amount of time preparing for the interview. You can read about some of their experiences here.
We strongly recommend that you read what previous candidates say to get an idea of how best to prepare and stand the greatest chance of success.
While we used a standardised criteria for the interviews, half of the questions that you will be asked will be specific to the answers that you give in your Evidence of Practice Questionnaire.
What does the interview cover?
The interview will:
- Explore the information contained in your Evidence of Practice Questionnaire
You must be able to explain and/or justify the evidence of how you have practised in the past (while practising in another country or in student clinic) that you have presented in your Evidence of Practice Questionnaire.
- Investigate how you would address an ethical dilemma
You will be asked a series of questions based on a hypothetical situation presented to you by the Assessment Panel. These questions will assess how you prioritise patient wellbeing; handle your professional responsibilities; deal with conflicts of interest; work within professional boundaries; understand and uphold patient consent and confidentiality as well as fulfil the duty of candour.
- Assess your awareness of the differences between how chiropractic is practised in the UK and elsewhere
We have analysed the main differences between our criteria and other regulatory authorities, so expect to be asked about issues such as:
- The involvement of patients and carers as partners in the care process and providing feedback on their care and its outcomes, as well as patient involvement in education – in the teaching, learning and assessment of students as well as in programme evaluation
- The use of research evidence in influencing practice
- Applying continuous quality improvement in practice
- Identifying and understanding the implications of on the provision of chiropractic care for a patient on clinically relevant medications, whether prescribed or bought
- Evaluating the chiropractic care given and modifying the care plan as a result, including ceasing care
- The role of chiropractors in the healthcare system in the UK and their relationship with other healthcare professionals
- The nature of professional accountability and ethics in the UK context and the duty to protect and promote the interests of patients, including professional boundaries, raising concerns about others and the various GCC requirements (e.g. the Professional Indemnity Insurance Rules)
- UK legislation including: the Equality Act 2010, the Data Protection Act 1998, the Children Act 2004, Mental Capacity Act, Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2000 and the Amendment 2006, Safeguarding regulations.
- The use of wellness care and how this relates to the need to evaluate and review plans of care.
At the Interview
Your interview will take place in London. The venues that we use for interviews can sometimes have lengthy queues at reception, so ensure that you arrive in plenty of time since if you are late you will not be able to sit the interview and will forfeit the fee. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your interview.
We do not allow friends or family to wait for you at the venue.
When you arrive, you will be greeted by a GCC staff member, who will check the documents you have been asked to bring and explain what will happen during the Test.
Next you will be interviewed - for around 90 minutes - by a panel of three TOC assessors.
You will not be told the outcome of your interview on the day as the assessment panel only agrees a recommendation to be made to the Registrar. It could take up to 7 working days for the Registrar's decision.
You should expect to be with us for no longer than three hours.
What must I bring with me?
We will check your identity before your interview. The following are the only forms of identification we will accept:
· your passport
· your UK Immigration and Nationality Department identification document
· your Home Office travel document
· your UK driving licence
· your EU identity card
Whichever you choose, it must be original, current and include a recent photograph of you.
If the name on your identification document is different from that on the confirmation you receive from us offering you an interview, you must provide original evidence that you are the person named in the letter. We will accept:
- your marriage certificate
- a declaration from the awarding body which granted your primary medical qualification, stating that both names relate to you
If you do not bring one of the documents listed above, or if the document does not include your photograph, you will not be allowed to sit the interview.
We will return your identification document to you after your interview as we need to take a photocopy for our records. We will also require you to complete a feedback form before you leave.
2. A copy of your Evidence of Practice Questionnaire and patient records
You must bring a copy of the Evidence of Practice Questionnaire and patient records that you submitted as part of your application.
This is because you may need to refer to them when answering the interview questions.
What if I am absent or sick on the day of the interview?
If you are unable to attend the interview because of serious illness or another overwhelming problem, we will make a full refund of your fee.
However, for us to refund your fee, you must tell us as soon as possible, and provide the following evidence to us at at the GCC office:
· illness - a medical certificate or a letter on appropriate headed paper covering the day of your interview
· death or serious injury of a family member - a death or medical certificate as appropriate
· immigration difficulties such as refusal of your visa - a document from the UK Border Agency
· Any other difficulty you could have not foreseen - a letter from an appropriate person (such as an employer, for example)
What if something outside of my control has put me at a disadvantage?
You will need to apply for an exceptional mitigating circumstance. To do this you will need to read our Exceptional Mitigating Circumstances Policy and complete the attached form.
What if I have a disability?
If you have a disability within the scope of the Equality Act 2010, we may be able to make reasonable adjustments to the interview. We may be able to make adjustments to the arrangements if, for example, you have dyslexia, or a visual or motor impairment. Please read our Reasonable Adjustments Policy.