We have published important information to cover many of the FAQs on Appraisal during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially regarding the recent suspension of GP Appraisal in the South East. To view, please click the button below.
For lots of other useful COVID-related resources, please click HERE.
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SUPPORTS: This new QA tool replaces PROGRESS as of October 2020.
Becoming an Appraiser with Wessex: If this is something that interests you, download an application form here.
Performer Management User Guide: Find 'A Guide To Updating Your Performers' List Record using PCSE Online' here.
NPL3 National Performers' List Change Notification Form: Change in registered address, practice within existing area team, or status of inclusion.
REV10 (pdf) Revalidation Annual Return for Doctors without a Responsible Officer or Suitable Person.
REV12 (pdf) Revalidation Appraiser Report Form for Doctors who do not have a connection to a designated body or approved Suitable Person.
There is a wealth of information available out there, but searching for it can be time-consuming so we have tried to provide some for you here. Click the logos to visit the main sites, or use the links to be taken to more specific information.
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (the Academy) is the coordinating body for the UK and Ireland’s 23 medical Royal Colleges and Faculties. They ensure that patients are safely and properly cared for by setting standards for the way doctors are educated, trained, and monitored throughout their careers.
- Information on Appraisal
- Information on Revalidation
- Factors for Consideration Structured Reflective Template
The GMC works to protect patient safety and to improve medical education and practice across the UK. The GMC works with doctors, employers, educators and patients to achieve high standards of care. They set standards for students and doctors acorss the UK, supporting them in achieving and exceeding those standards, and taking action when they are not met.
- GMC online
- Good Medical Practice
- GMC List of Designated Bodies
- Managing Your Registration using GMC Online - can be used to quickly and easily find your Revalidation date.
The RCGP is the professional membership body for GPs in the UK. Their purpose is to encourage, foster and maintain the highest possible standards in general medical practice. The RCGP supports GPs through all stages of their career, from medical students considering general practice, through to training, qualified years and retirement.
- RCGP Revalidation
- Guide to supporting information for appraisal and revalidation 2018
- PDP Written Examples
- RCGP Guide To Quality Improvement for General Practice
- Clinical Audit
- Clinical Audit Report Template
- RCGP QI Ready
- RCGP Example Portfolio: Private Practice
- RCGP COVID-19 Resource Hub
The NHS - National Health Service - needs no introduction. It was launched on July 5th 1948 and, as of 2018, its 70th birthday, it was the world's 5th largest employer. The NHS England website contains a wealth of information. Click on the logo to visit the main site, or use the links below for more specific information.
- Information about Medical Appraisal
- Information about Medical Revalidation
- Information about Quality Assurance
- The GP Retention Scheme
- NHS Mental Wellbeing Support Line
- Supporting Our People - in collaboration with the RCGP
- NHS Employers Health, Safety and Wellbeing
- A Supervisor's Guide to Supporting Learners' Mental Health
- Your COVID Recovery
- Every Mind Matters
- NHS Guidance and Standard Operating Procedures: General Practice in the context of COVID-19
- NHS Resolution: Joint Letter regarding Clinical Negligence Indemnity in response to COVID-19
Practitioner Health is a free, confidential NHS service for doctors and dentists across England with mental illness and addiction problems, who are working or looking to return to clinical practice. The service can help with issues relating to a mental health concern, including stress or depression or an addiction problem, in particular where these might affect work. The service is provided by health professionals specialising in mental health support to doctors and is available in various locations across England. Click their logo above to visit the main site.
The BMA represents, supports, and negotiates on behalf of all UK doctors and medical students. They are member-run and led, fighting for the best terms and conditions, as well as lobbying and campaigning on the issues impacting the medical profession.
- Appraisal Tips for Sessional GPs
- Accepting Donations From Patients
- The BMA and COVID-19
- COVID-19: Advice for Doctors conducting Remote Consultations - advice for doctors in all settings in getting homeworking equipment, when to consult patients via video, approved NHS tools for remote consultations and tips for running them.
- COVID-19: Guidance for the Protection of Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) Patients - as of 7 January 2021, a national lockdown was again introduced in England. The Government will be sending a letter with updated guidance to all clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) people. It again advises them to take extra shielding measures to protect themselves, until at least 21 February 2021.
The RMBF provides support for doctors and their families through all stages of their career and beyond. Their help ranges from financial assistance in the form of grants and loans, to a telephone befriending scheme for those who may be isolated and in need of support. Nobody is immune to misfortune and each individual’s need is different. Each applicant is assessed according to their needs by their Case Committee and decisions are made quickly and in confidence to create a tailored package of support.
GPonline provides daily news, information, and guidance on all the issues that affect GPs in their working lives. They aim to support GPs in their day-to-day practice, helping them to understand the changing NHS in which they work and offering practical advice for doctors at all stages of their career.
- How To Write A Focused PDP
- Developing Reflective Writing Skills - Part 1
- Developing Reflective Writing Skills - Part 2
Red Whale's mission is to provide you with the best quality medical education in the UK (and abroad through their Social Enterprise PCI), creating content that you can put into practice straight away, making your life a little bit easier and enabling you to provide your patients with the best care possible.
Wessex Local Medical Committees (LMCs) is the only representative body, recognised by statute, for GPs and their Practices, operating across the counties of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Dorset, Wiltshire, and North East Somerset. Their site offers a vast amount of brilliant support, resources, and advice.
- Wessex LMCs Podcasts - the world of general practice is becoming busier and busier, so why not listen to one of these audio podcasts whilst you are driving, at the gym, or during a break? Full of good ideas, they will challenge your thoughts and introduce you to interesting people and projects, all to support you in your work in general practice.
Dr Andrew Tresidder is a GP and GP Appraiser with experience in Medical School teaching (Bristol), Pastoral Care and support of Doctors (South West England), and past Mental Health, Police and Prison work. He has shared widely on Health and Self Care for the BMA Local Engagement Project, NHS England ROs and Appraisers, GPs and GP Trainers, SAS Doctors, Consultants, F1s, Medical Students and other professional groups.
- Shock, Loss, Distress and the NHS - some supportive words for Health Professionals during these very difficult times
- Zoomed Out - great advice for coping with remote calling and avoiding screen-fatigue
- Second Lockdown Shock! - Dr Andrew's useful piece, revised as we head into a second lockdown, exploring Change and Loss, and Understanding our Emotional States, with infographic on Turning Points As You Adjust To Change
- How to Prepare a PDP (BMJ)
- Structured Reflective Template for GPs doing low volumes of clinical work for GPs doing low volumes of clinical work
- Kings Fund Discussion Paper on Quality Improvement (kingsfund.org.uk)
- Probity Issues: What Are We Talking About?
- Consent and intimate examinations
- Scope of Work and Appropriate Supporting Information for a General Practitioner (NHS England)
- Writing a Meaningful Reflection For Appraisal (MEDSU Ltd)
- Mapping Supporting Information to GMC Domains and Attributes
- GP Induction & Refresher scheme (HEE General Practice & National Recruitment Office GPNRO)
- Who can look at my appraisal? (by Dr Susi Caesar, Regional Director, Wessex Appraisal Service)
- Raising a concern - Advice for GPs (NHS England)
- List of various useful resources including e-learning modules (NHS England & NHS Improvement)
- A collection of Wellbeing Apps
- Useful Videos and Podcasts
- Practical and Financial Support
- The Appraisal Professional Support Unit (APSU)
- Advice for maintaining your physical and mental wellbeing whilst working during the pandemic
- MIND: COVID and your wellbeing (mind.org.uk)
- COVID-19, Pregnancy, and Children
- Frontline19 (an independent UK nationwide service delivering psychological support to those who are, or have been, on the frontline of COVID-19. They ensure you get the right help quickly and easily. It’s confidential, and it’s free).
- Gov.UK documents relating to the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
The Wessex Appraisal Service 'Supporting Our Professionals' series of newsletters was produced weekly throughout the pandemic's suspension period, with the aim of keeping our Appraisers and Appraisees in the know by pulling together lots of useful links and information into one place, to offer as much support and advice as possible during a very difficult and unprecedented set of circumstances.
Our 'Support Matters' series of information sheets was also produced to offer support to all of our busy Appraisers and Appraisees during the COVID crisis.