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Q&A: Avoiding a bad appraisal (1 CPD hour)

Dr Peter Davies explains how to get the most out of your appraisal and prevent problems in the process.


This module offers advice on making the most of your appraisal and avoiding pitfalls, covering:

  • How to prepare well for your appraisal
  • The ways appraisal contributes to your revalidation
  • How to cope with common problems such as dealing with late-arriving supporting information, becoming the subject of a performance concern, and accessing third party support

After reading this article you will be asked to record your learning points and some action points to earn a suggested 1 CPD credit. Below are some suggested questions to reflect on as you work through the module:

  • Are you clear on what material and information you should be collecting for your appraisal? Have you read the GMC’s document, ‘Supporting Information for Appraisal and revalidation’?
  • Do you know who to approach locally if you feel you have had a suboptimal appraisal? And who would you approach next if the response was unsatisfactory?
  • Have you got ideas in mind for your next PDP? Are they realistic, relevant and achievable?
  • Have you allowed adequate time to prepare for your appraisal? What is the practice policy for providing protected time for appraisal preparation?

Readers' comments (3)

  • Revalidation is such a waste of everyone's time and I do not know a single colleague who believes it succeeds in any meaningful aim - and least of all to ensure that doctors are 'safe' for the public. The whole excercise is pointless and appears to be a desperate and poorly thought out measure designed by the GMC to fool the public and its masters in government that the GMC is doing 'something' to ensure that doctors are good when we all know that this process does nothing of the sort. It is such a load of nonsense. I am not against some sort of revalidation process, but the current exercise is fatuous, futile, and flatulent.

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  • ihavnt done the CPD YET so no comments

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  • What about having excellent appraisals but reporting officer that bdoesn't get on with you?

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