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Appraisal Calibration and CPD

Appraisal Calibration HEE Wessex Appraisal Service 2019-2020 Support Groups

 

New appraisal related calibration requirement

  • Appraisal is an important role that works best with well trained and supported appraisers and we have always prided ourselves on our high standards of appraisal related CPD and calibration
  • Last year we simplified our CPD requirement to participation in two calibration events
  • The NHS England South appraisal consistency event in May 2019 revealed that we now require less appraisal related CPD than other local areas
  • We are updating our requirements to fit with those for the rest of NHS England so that we can continue to be commissioned by NHS England designated bodies in the confidence that we meet, or exceed, their baseline standards in all areas of appraisal practice.

What this means for the appraiser:

From 2019-2020, appraisers should demonstrate appropriate appraisal related CPD based on the equivalent of three sessions of calibration, at least one of which should be regional / national and one of which should be local, as in the table below:

Type of training / event

Number of sessions of CPD and calibration

Type of calibration

New Appraiser Training

4

regional / national

Current Appraiser Skills Assessment

2

regional / national

Appraiser Skills Update

2

regional / national

Annual Appraisers Conference (Wessex or elsewhere) - (whole day)

2

regional / national

Annual Appraisers Conference (Wessex or elsewhere) - (half day)

1

regional / national

Local appraisers support group /learning set meeting

1

local

One to one with Senior Appraiser / Locality Lead

1

local

 

It was also agreed that for appraisers who work across borders, it is appropriate to require participation in at least one local support group in each area in which they choose to work in each appraisal year (all of which can be counted as part of their three sessions of calibration).

Mandatory training

The requirement to demonstrate that appraisers stay up-to-date with Information Governance and Equality and Diversity training is not a calibration opportunity but a separate requirement for the role, every three years (and we can accept evidence of these courses other than attendance at the conferences).