Since 2012 GMC has made it mandatory for the licensed doctors to undergo the process of revalidation. For GMC revalidation, annual appraisal for doctors is essential.
Based on annual appraisal reports and supporting information, the GMC revalidates doctors and enables them to maintain their license. Medical appraisal is not only an evaluation of the medical practice of doctors, but it also provides an opportunity for the doctors to determine their professional development goals and evaluate their personal professional development needs.
Appraisals for doctors is a procedure that involves a complete self-review in coordination with the appraiser which is supported by the evidence which is gathered from the complete scope of work by the doctor.
Medical appraisal is not only designed to scrutinize the doctors, but it has definite and far reaching purposes. These include;
- To give an opportunity to doctor to reflect and evaluate his/ her practise and performance in collaboration with their appraiser for demonstrating that they are always keep themselves up-to-date and are fit to practise.
- To enable and assist the doctors in planning and determining their professional developmental goals.
- To identify their needs of learning
- To make sure that the doctors are efficiently working in alignment to their organisational precedence.
Without appraisal process in place it is difficult to evaluate and monitor the doctor’s fitness to practice and monitor their personal objectives of development.