The primary aim and objective of appraisal and medical revalidation is to support the development of individual doctors to achieve the standards set out by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Revalidation of licensed doctors will be required every 5 years and is based on comprehensive appraisals being undertaken over that 5 year period. Therefore all doctors must participate in an annual appraisal. The appraisal cycle runs every year from the 1 September to 31 December.  

An appraisal is:

  • An opportunity for doctors to reflect on their professional practice and development needs.

  • An opportunity to align individual development with service organisational development.

  • "Strengthened” appraisal with quality assurance is the cornerstone of medical revalidation

Changes to appraisals from 2019 onwards in light of the changes in NHS England appraisal policy:

  • The Responsible Officer will now be allocating apraisers to everyone. This will bring the Trust in line with the policy and in line with our neighbouring Trusts. Your Appraiser need not be from the same speciality. The Responsible Officer plans to send out the names of appraisers to all doctors by mid-August, this includes to doctors who have already selected from the Trust list.

  • This year's appraisal period will be from 1 November 2019 to 31 January 2020. An appraisal cycle is every 12 to 15 months. So if you had your last appraisal in September 2018 you have till end of November 2019 to fall within the  cycle. If anyone has had an appraisal before September 2018, the Responsible Officer will inform you when you will need to do your appraisal. The change in cycle has been done to accommodate job planning. 

 What you will need to do 

  1. When your appraiser is allocated, check for any conflict of interest. (e.g. Your line manager allocated as your appraiser).  If you wish to appeal, complete the attached form and send to the Medical Workforce and Education Department (MWED@merseycare.nhs.uk) who will forward to me to review.

  2. Contact your appraiser and arrange an appraisal meeting. 

  3. Ensure that your appraisal inputs are completed two weeks before the appraisal meeting 

  4. Ensure that the appraisals are signed off within 14 days after you have had the appraisal meeting. 

  5. Ensure your scope of work is fully explained in the appraisal meeting and any Conflict of Interest Declaration (COI) in relation to gifts, hospitality, outside employment etc is made by completing and uploading the COI declaration form.

You have been set up with an appraisal and 360 Folder on Allocate.  Please follow this link and then click on the 'Consultant' portal to access - www.healthmedics.allocatehealthsuite.com/core/

If you don't have any log in details for Allocate then please email Medical Education and Workforce Team on medical.education@merseycare.nhs.uk or telephone 01925 664483.