There is a wealth of great advice on surviving appraisal and revalidation. Rather than recreating what is already out there, the links below signpost you to the best resources available.
NHSE has a great ‘Doctor’s medical appraisal checklist‘ which is well worth a read. The latest Appraisal and Revalidation Newsletter can be found here: Revalidation and Appraisal August 2018 Newsletter.
The NASGP’s Appraisal Aid is a suite of information, tips and 20 customisable templates to support sessional GPs with appraisal: these include Quality Improvement Activity and SEA templates.
The BMA Sessional Subcommittee’s Appraisal tips page has a wealth of practical tips on surviving A+R.
You can also find the GMC’s overview of revalidation.
We really like this 2 page guide to appraisals, which you can download here:
Appraisal Tool Kits
There are a number of electronic portfolio tools currently available.
1. Medical Appraisal Guide (MAG) Model Appraisal Form
This is free to use and can be downloaded, stored and completed without needing further internet access. Please save it and email to your appraiser when complete. Safely store the locked down version of the MAG form completed after your appraisal and returned to you by your appraiser.
The updated and improved second version of the MAG form was published earlier this year and GPs should be looking to transition to this new form as soon as possible, due to the fact that the previous version cannot be used beyond the present appraisal year i.e. ending March 2017. You can access the new version of the form along with a user guide via the link below.
Appraisers and doctors will have noticed there are some new features such as the ability for the appraiser to comment on each of the various sections of the MAG form to reflect how the appraisal conversation may flow.
Also the previous MAG form did have the facility to create a new form for the following year. The new form does not allow you to do this, so once the form is locked the appraiser will send it back to the doctor and the doctor must download a new MAG form for the following year.
Please click on this link to open the new MAG form:
- Users require Adobe Reader version 9.4 or above to open the form
- Microsoft Windows 7, Windows XP or Mac OS v 10.7 and above is also required
- The MAG form will not currently work on tablets or iPads
- If downloading from an NHS email you need to use the Private computer option when logging in as shown below
2. Revalidation e Portfolio
The RCGP has partnered with Clarity Informatics to produce the enhanced Revalidation ePortfolio toolkit for GPs. This portfolio is not free and requires internet access to operate.
This replaces the RCGP Revalidation ePortfolio tool and the previous Clarity Appraisal Toolkit.
FourteenFish is one of the newer tools on the market but is becoming increasingly popular. Again it costs money and requires internet access to work. There is a handy app that can also be downloaded which allows you to update CPD on-the-go. You can get discounted access to FourteenFish if you are a member of Derbyshire Medical Chambers.