National Clinical Assessment Authority

The NHS Plan committed in 2000 to establishing the National Clinical Assessment Authority, which began operating in April 2001 as a special health authority.

Its initial purpose was to help NHS trusts identify issues with doctors. Dentists were included from April 2005. Its functions included:

  • providing advice and support
  • carrying out assessments of dentists and doctors who were experiencing difficulties
  • providing advisory recommendations on how issues can be practically resolved.

The organisation was later renamed to the National Clinical Assessment Service. From 1 April 2012, it was hosted by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence before becoming an operating division of the NHS Litigation Authority.


National Clinical Assessment Authority.
The National Clinical Assessment Authority - Here to help.
Department of Health; 2004.