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?
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:
- Continuing professional development (CPD)
- Quality improvement activities (QIA)
- Significant events (SE)
- Feedback from patients or those to whom you provide medical services
- Feedback from colleagues
- 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.