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Information for Appraisees

What is Medical Appraisal?

As a licensed doctor, you will need to have an annual appraisal in order to be able to revalidate. The appraisal year runs from 1st April to 31st March.

Appraisal is a process whereby you and your appraiser spend time reviewing your past practice by making reference to some supporting information. Together, you will agree some professional development goals to work towards in the future. The appraisal should be based upon the General Medical Council’s core guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice, and is your opportunity to demonstrate that you are meeting the necessary professional values. It is also a great opportunity to take time out to think about your work across the whole scope of your practice, to reflect on important events and what they have taught you, and to identify priorities for your own future.

Wessex Appraisal Service provides a Code of Conduct for both appraisers and appraisees. Please refer to the Code of Conduct for Appraisees.

You should find your appraisal a supportive and developmental process. It exists to help you grow and plan within your professional life. Being an appraiser is a wonderful way to help colleagues. If you are interested in learning more about becoming an appraiser yourself, please click HERE for lots more information.

Oxfordshire GP and Senior Appraiser Dr Honor Merriman, has written a very useful article, hosted by, entitled 'Key learning points: GP Appraisal 2020'. It covers how the appraisal process has changed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the format of the appraisal meeting and what it will cover, along with advice for completing the pre-appraisal template and other preparation requirements. To read it, please click HERE.

We have published important information to cover many of the FAQs on Appraisal during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please click HERE to view these.