The GMC published research commissioned to understand the views and experiences of appraisees, appraisers and responsible officers about the model of appraisal that was introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, known as Medical Appraisal 2020.


Key findings?

  • Wellbeing-based discussions were described as supportive, person-centred conversations that were relevant now and in the future.
  • Barriers to discussions included the appraisee/appraiser relationship, the knowledge and skills of the appraiser and the perceived risk of raising a wellbeing concern.
  • The reduction in pre-appraisal paperwork benefited many appraisees.
  • Most appraisers and responsible officers stated the reduced paperwork was still an appropriate amount of information to make a revalidation recommendation.
  • There were some concerns that the responsibility to extract and document information about the doctor’s practice during the appraisal discussion was solely on the appraiser. 
  • Information and training are needed to ensure appraisers have the appropriate knowledge and confidence in wellbeing discussions. 
  • Local measures must be in place to ensure that if wellbeing concerns are raised, they are met with a meaningful response which will help the doctor obtain the support they need. 
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