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Worried about appraisals? Then become an appraiser

Just like in any business the assets in general practice need to be nurtured, made to feel valued and encouraged, particularly at times that are likely to be stressful. If appraisal is done properly ­ and this depends more on the skill of the appraiser than the appraisee ­ it can be a very uplifting, invigorating and enjoyable experience.

When else can you talk to someone who has been trained to listen and show interest in you as an individual for several hours? You would not even get this level of attention from your spouse and I am sure they would not pay you for the privilege! However, you need to 'engage' with the appraiser. Most will not have had much experience yet and are likely to be more anxious than the appraisee until they gain experience.

It is likely that some discussion of personal circumstances will occur. This should not be looked on as prying but as a method of helping you to be realistic in setting targets, taking into account all the daily demands on yourself.

There are still many GPs who have not been through the process yet and there is still some anxiety. As long as you have accumulated some details of what you have done in the previous 12 months and thought about what you would like to achieve in the next, your first appraisal will be a pleasurable experience. You are likely to feel disappointed that the interview cannot carry on longer!

If you are still apprehensive ­ become an appraiser. I did.

Dr DJ Kaminski

Manchester

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