Sign up for the next competency surgery

Back by popular demand we are running another Competency Surgery in London.

Whether you are an AA or a grade 7 these surgeries are an opportunity to receive one to one tailored, focused advice on a competency example of your choice with someone from a cross-departmental pool of experienced sifters.

Grab your slot before they all go.

When: Monday 26 February

Where: HM Treasury, 1 Horse Guard Road, London SW1A 2HQ

Register for your slot on Eventbrite

What can you expect:

A 30 minute conversation with an experienced sifter giving honest confidential feedback on how your competence can be improved (which you can then apply to your other examples).

What we expect from you:

  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your time slot with one drafted competence example of your choice.
  • Be open-minded, willing to take on board the feedback.
  • If you have booked a slot please turn up. Our sifters give up their time and places go very quickly so if you are not able to attend please cancel your slot asap so someone else can have it.

Do not expect:

Your competence example to be scored or rewritten.

These surgeries are open to civil servants from AA to G7 from any department.

Please note that you will need to seek approval from your line manager and any travel and subsistence costs must be met by your department. This is a learning event and can count towards your 5 a year learning and development days.



  1. Comment by S Frith posted on

    Are there any plans to offer this in other areas rather than just London?. Many of the lower grades are not easily released for long journeys to London due to both time and cost. Additionally, people with disabilities are also hampered by the long travel to London if they are posted outside LHC area. It would be much more inclusive of the Civil Service to maybe offer a traveling road show!

    • Replies to S Frith>

      Comment by Susan Coles posted on

      Hi Sarah,

      We do run these surgeries in various locations, they are usually advertised locally rather than on the blog and we also plan to run them again at CS Live. We are happy to consider requests to run them in a specific location if there is sufficient interest and we can get sifters. We also usually offer some telephone slots for people who cannot get to to London.


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