To meet the requirements of revalidation the GMC requires all doctors to present supporting information covering all aspects of their professional duties. This will require information being presented at an annual appraisal. Doctors often undertake multiple roles – either cross specialty or in management, education etc. All of these roles will be covered by revalidation requirements and will need to be represented at an appraisal discussion.
In order to satisfy requirements this appraisal should cover whole practice, it is recommended that this information is held in one set of appraisal documents. In areas of practice that the appraiser does not feel able to properly appraise, the doctor’s information should be presented in a format that has been subject to review by a peer in that area of practice.
At its simplest, whole practice appraisal will be performed by a peer appraising a doctor who works wholly in the same role in one institution (or a peripatetic locum GP in multiple practices / locum in hospital practice working within the same specialty). A single appraisal summary will be produced covering the doctor’s whole practice.
In the case of a General Practitioner, in the vast majority of cases, the RO will be the Medical Director of the Health Board that holds that GP on their Medical Performers list and as such the GP appraisal conducted by the Deanery appraisal system will be the lead appraisal.
With the advent of revalidation the GMC requires a doctor to present supporting information covering all aspects of their professional duties. To support doctors in Wales in meeting Whole Practice Appraisal requirements, the following guidance has been developed.