Annual appraisals are a requirement for all doctors with a UK licence to practise. They are part of the revalidation process that ensures doctors are up to date and fit to practise. Appraisals are also an opportunity for doctors to reflect on their performance, achievements, challenges, learning needs and career goals.

Appraisals consist of constructive and professional dialogue between an appraiser and an appraisee, covering the whole scope of practice. The appraisee must gather supporting evidence from various sources, such as feedback from patients and colleagues, audits, complaints, compliments, CPD activities, quality improvement projects and personal development plans.

Appraisals benefit doctors in many ways. They help them to:

  • Demonstrate their GMC fitness to practise whatever their branch of practice
  • Identify their strengths and areas for improvement
  • Plan their learning and development activities
  • Enhance their professional skills and competencies
  • Maintain high standards of care and patient safety
  • Boost their confidence and motivation
  • Achieve their career aspirations

Appraisals also benefit patients, employers and the public by:

  • Improving the quality of care and outcomes
  • Increasing patient satisfaction and trust
  • Promoting a culture of learning and excellence
  • Supporting workforce planning and retention

Therefore, annual appraisals are essential for UK doctors to maintain their professional standards, develop their careers and deliver high-quality care. At ACI Training & Consultancy Ltd we provide medical appraisals by qualified and experienced Doctors, either via our customers who are designated bodies and to whom we provide administrative support, or directly to independent Doctors. If you would like to learn more, please email