Preparing for Validation

All those participating in validation meetings should be offered training to ensure they are familiar with the terminology, the validation criteria, and their roles. It is often helpful if the panel has met before the validation meeting.

Many centres like to have a mock validation meeting, before the formal validation panel meeting, as a rehearsal to help prepare representatives from the QDT for the type of questions that may be asked and help identify any weaknesses in the Group Award specification. This mock validation is usually an internal meeting and should not include the external members of the Validation Panel. It is helpful for all if the participants treat this as a role-play exercise throughout - acting objectively, requiring all information to be explicit, and dealing with proceedings in a formal manner. The QDT should present their proposal formally, and should be available for questioning. The meeting and questioning should follow the same kind of format as the formal validation.