What is a good medical appraisal?


Medical Appraisal is an annual professional review of your entire scope of practise providing you an opportunity to reflect and learn from the year gone by.

It is not a performance review or a judgement on your skills and knowledge.

An appraisal is the platform to showcase your achievements for the year and structure a SMART personal development plan for the future.

A good appraisal for the purposes of revalidation meets the standards of the GMC’s Good Medical Practice Framework for Appraisal and Revalidation and  is underpinned by the following principles:

  • It is annual
  • It takes account of a doctor’s whole practice and conduct.
  • It takes into account and discusses the following six types of supporting information collected by the surgeon
  1. Continuing professional development (CPD)
  2. Quality improvement activity
  3. Significant events
  4. Feedback from colleagues
  5. Feedback from patients
  6. Review of complaints and compliments
  • It includes both a formative element, revolving around the surgeon’s professional development, and a summative element, assessing the performance of the surgeon since the last appraisal.
  • Your main focus throughout the appraisal process should be your reflection on both your activity and the outcomes as a result.
  • First use the contact page, get in touch and book an appraisal either face to face or video assisted (Skype) as required, complete the payment, let your appraiser know.
  • Decide which form you will use to present your portfolio. Most doctors use the NHSE recommended MAG form. This can be easily downloaded from the internet or from our website.
  • Give yourself sufficient time to complete the requirements including the mandatory 6 pieces of supporting information.
  • Complete the form as best as you can, attaching all relevant information across your entire scope of work and with meaningful reflections.
  • The MAG form will be the basis for the reflective discussion with your Appraiser.
  • Get in touch with your appraiser for pre-appraisal feedback.
  • Your appraiser is there to guide and support you, so be confident and relax at the appraisal.
  • Your appraiser will check through each section of the MAG with you, reflecting on any important areas and finally discuss your plan for the year ahead.
  • At the appraisal meeting, make sure to note the changes required and advice given
  • Complete the changes and inform your appraiser.
  • If all ok, The appraiser will sign the form and email the appraisal certificate to you.

Our Process

Download the NHSE MAG form here
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