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Appraisal

This page provides information to help RCOG Fellows, Members and Trainees prepare for their appraisal.

Who needs to undergo appraisal?

Licensed doctors must participate in an annual appraisal process as part of revalidation. The appraisal must cover all of your medical practice and be based on the General Medical Council (GMC) document Good Medical Practice.

What do I need to do to prepare for appraisal?

Supporting information

You’ll need to collect supporting information for your appraisal. The GMC has prepared guidance about the portfolio of supporting information you’ll need to bring to your appraisal as well as how to reflect on the information to develop or modify your practice.

You should also consult the O&G specific revalidation resource prepared by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) and the RCOG.  This document provides detail on updated Academy and RCOG recommendations to enable doctors to fulfil the GMC requirements for appraisal and revalidation while protecting their time for patient care. There is no significant change to the six types of supporting information required by the GMC for a positive revalidation recommendation:

  1. Continuing professional development (CPD)
  2. Quality improvement activities (QIA)
  3. Significant events (SE)
  4. Feedback from patients or those to whom you provide medical services
  5. Feedback from colleagues
  6. Review of compliments and complaints

Each section in the document is structured to highlight the GMC’s principles and requirements, followed by comments and updated Academy recommendations. Although the types of supporting information are the same for all doctors, the RCOG has included supplementary specialty-specific advice at the end of the sections where appropriate.

It is worthwhile to specifically take note of the section on ‘Quality, not quantity, and proportionality’.  The GMC and AoRMC make it very clear that you do not need to upload every piece of supporting information that you can find: it is about finding representative pieces of information that reflect the scope of your practice, and are useful for reflection and learning.

Download the O&G-specific revalidation resource
RCOG supporting information for appraisal and revalidation [PDF]

This document, produced by the RCOG and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC), provides supporting information for appraisal and revalidation for clinicians working in O&G.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

The AoMRC has provided a CPD guidance framework for appraisers and appraisees. This document provides guidance to appraisers on what they should consider when reviewing a doctor’s CPD activity, and guidance to doctors on the things they should expect to be discussed during an effective appraisal.

This document will help you and your appraiser structure your supporting information and the appraisal discussion to ensure a proper evaluation of your learning since your previous appraisal, and will also support the development of your personal development plan (PDP).

All participants in the RCOG’s CPD programme should be recording their CPD activities in the RCOG’s CPD/Revalidation ePortfolio, which can be used as evidence in your appraisal. The RCOG’s ePortfolio also allows you to record additional information necessary for revalidation, although there are other ePortfolios available.

Resources to help you prepare for appraisal

We’ve pulled together a list of resources to help appraisers and appraisees prepare for appraisal, with a focus on quality assurance.

Appraisal forms and tools

Please refer to your local organisation’s appraisal policy for up-to-date information and appraisal forms and tools.

Individual guidance

Please refer to your responsible officer for individual guidance.

Elsewhere on the site

Revalidation
Resources to help you prepare for revalidation
CPD
Information about the RCOG’s continuing professional development programme