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Information for Appraisees

What is Medical Appraisal?

As a licensed doctor, you will need to complete 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. You should find your Appraisal a supportive and developmental process. It exists to help you grow and plan within your professional life, and now includes a greatly increased focus on your own personal health and wellbeing.

How has the Appraisal Process changed?

The temporary suspension of appraisals due to COVID-19 created space to review and re-balance the Appraisal Process. It was still essential to meet all of the GMC requirements for Revalidation, and to continue to emphasise the importance of the existing purposes of Appraisal in supporting the personal and professional development of doctors, but it was also clear that there needed to be a strong focus on the health and wellbeing of Appraisees themselves. Therefore, the Appraisal Process was re-designed to reduce the volume of pre-appraisal documentation and paperwork, and to increase focus on how doctors have maintained their health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and any support they might need going forward. 

We therefore ask you to ensure that your focused reflection beforehand is streamlined, the documentation you provide is minimised, and the discussion is focused on your development not documentation.

We hope to provide you with the most valuable Appraisal you've ever had!


We have collaborated with our friends at Wessex LMCs to produce a very informative podcast called 'What's New with Appraisals?' - click below to listen to our Regional Director Dr Susi Caesar explaining everything you need to know, or find it, along with lots of other useful information, on the Wessex LMCs website at


What does the Appraisal Process involve?


SUPPORTING MATERIAL includes general information about what an Appraisee does in all aspects of their work. There must be evidence that they are keeping up to date, maintaining, and enhancing the quality of their professional work, along with evidence that they are regularly reviewing their practice and evaluating the quality of their professional work. Finally, they must include feedback from third parties on their practice, to evidence how others perceive the quality of their professional work. See Appraisal Platform and Supporting Information and Preparation of Your Appraisal Portfolio for further information.

THE APPRAISAL MEETING takes, on average, 1.5-2.5 hours. It is a confidential discussion which takes place at a time and place convenient to both parties, either remotely or in a physical location. Discussion focuses on supporting documentation submitted by the Appraisee, and any issues of importance. There is now reduced emphasis on documentation and an increased focus on the health and wellbeing of the Appraisee. See Appraisal Date and Venue and Appraisal Meeting for further information.

APPRAISAL OUTPUT includes a Personal Development Plan (PDP) put together by the Appraiser and Appraisee, a Summary of the Appraisal Discussion which is written by the Appraiser and approved by the Appraisee, and Appraiser Statements which must be made by the Appraiser to confirm that the Appraisal has fulfilled GMC requirements.


Further Information

For further information on all aspects of the Appraisal Process, please visit Appraisee FAQs. In addition, you will find many useful links and resources, including advice on how to write effective PDPs, in our Resources Centre 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.