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Award accreditation process

Introducing Stanley

StanleyStanley is the online administration and support system for the Practice Standards Scheme through which the awards assessment process is managed.

Offering step-by-step guidance on the requirements of each award, Stanley provides a document storage facility, a reminder service for appointments and expiry dates, a self-assessment tool to mark your progress and an easier way to communication with the assessors and PSS Team here at the College.


Emergency and critical care rossettesThe award assessment process

Awards assessments are entirely optional, and will be assessed separately to base accreditation levels. The awards focus on behaviours and outcomes, as opposed to facilities and equipment, thus are assessed in a different manner. 

Practices in the Scheme can apply for awards at any time. Practices can arrange for awards to be assessed on a consecutive day to their routine accreditation visit, but most find it beneficial to split the assessments up to reduce stress and increase their chances of gaining the award points.

  • The awards are made up of modules. In order for a practice to be classed as ‘Good’ in an award, they must have achieved at least 60% of the available points in all modules within that award. Likewise for a practice to be classed as ‘Outstanding’ in an award, they must have achieved at least 80% of the available points in all modules in that award.
  • In order to achieve award points the practice must demonstrate the behaviour or action on the day of the assessment. Practices cannot send in evidence after the assessment visit in order to gain award points. 
  • To gain an award the practice must have achieved General Practice level in the relevant modules, even if they are a Core Standards practice. Core Standards practices will be assessed for any extra General Practice requirements at same time as the award assessment. 
  • If practices do not achieve their anticipated level on the day they can apply for a re-assessment visit. They cannot do this until at least three months after the first visit in order to allow practices time to review systems and/or change behaviours.
  • The awards are charged for based on the assessor’s time and expenses. It is usually possible to complete two or three awards at a premises in one day, depending on the choice of awards. 

Please download the Practice Standards Modules, Rules of the Scheme, and the PSS Handbook found in the 'Related documents' box for useful information.


Who are the Assessors?

  • All assessors have at least five years' experience in clinical practice; to have been in clinical practice within the last three years; and have suitable experience for the types of practice they are assessing.