NHS England has said that pressures on general practice mean ‘many’ parts of the country ‘will not be in a position to carry out appraisals’ for the time being, and called for commissioners to take a ‘sympathetic approach’.
In its latest bulletin to the profession, the organisation’s medical director of primary care, Dr Nikki Kanani, said she ‘fully recognises’ the pressures the system is facing, and the need for ‘flexibility and sympathy’ and noted appraisals will not be possible for many GPs ‘at this time’.
In the bulletin, sent today, she said: ‘Whilst a restart of a new, more supportive appraisal model was described in our 3 September letter, we fully recognise the current pressures on the system and the need for a flexible and sympathetic approach – many areas will not be in a position to carry out appraisals at this time but we will maintain the ability to access support for those who need it.’
Appraisals were initially suspended in March, following a ‘strong’ recommendation by NHS England.
Today’s update comes as the Government announced shielding measures may be reintroduced for people in regions with high rates of Covid-19.
The Department of Health and Social Care said today it will write to clinically extremely vulnerable people in England and their doctors, notifying them of the new shielding advice.
Meanwhile, practices continue to deliver this year’s expanded flu programme, with some GPs being forced to pay for their personal flu jab due to stock shortages.