GRADUATES AND reviewers in Glasgow had a stressful December struggling to cope with confusion caused by the rush of candidates to take the old style Chartered Professional Review.
A shortage of reviewers meant appointments had to be changed at a late stage, adding to reviewers and reviewees costs.
The tougher review structure being introduced in the spring prompted many candidates to race to take their reviews under the old rules. Nationally 1,000 candidates applied for the autumn review, compared with 700 in the spring 1999 reviews. This led to a shortage of reviewers.
Because there were no CPR interviews in Belfast in the autumn, many Irish candidates also travelled to Glasgow. They helped to double the numbers expected, forcing many reviews to be postponed until mid-December at short notice.
Ivan Jackson was due to take his review in Glasgow in mid-November but eventually had his interview in mid-December, having been informed of the new date only a couple of weeks earlier.
'The short notice of the review date meant that candidates could not take advantage of cheaper Apex fares, thus increasing further the cost of an already expensive procedure,' said Jackson.
ICE director of professional development Richard Larcombe said: 'We had twice as many candidates as usual and we simply ran out of reviewers. We did our best to cope and we have to make sure that it does not happen again.'
The shortage of reviewers was eventually resolved and all of the Glasgow interviews took place before Christmas.