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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), the RCOG and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) – see below. This document provides additional detail about the GMC requirements and what the RCOG and the FSRH expects, based on their specialty expertise (see the ‘Guidance’ section). Both you and your appraiser should be using this guidance.


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

This document, produced by the RCOG, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC), provides supporting information for appraisal and revalidation for clinicians working in O&G or sexual and reproductive health care.

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

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