Non-principals get appraisal pledge
Non-principals have been assured they will be treated the same as principals when they are appraised.
Government-commissioned guidance released last week recommends non-principals are appraised by trained appraisers familiar with the work of non-principals.
The guidance from the University of Sheffield School of Health and Related Research also advised that non-principals should be appraised in the primary care trust in which they worked, not where they were on the supplementary list.
Host practices are asked to involve locums in the professional life of the practice, give them access to patient data, journals and training videos, and to hold routine handover briefings in order to overcome 'isolation' felt by many non-principals.
Only five out of 55 PCTs who responded to the school had begun appraisal of non-principals.