Appraisal is separate process from job planning. It should be used to assess your own performance and development needs and should not be seen as a chance to re-arrange your job plan.
Regular appraisal provides an excellent means through which you can review and discuss your practice and identify personal development needs.
The Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Senate of Surgery of Great Britain and Ireland have produced two guidance documents for surgeons:
- Guidance on Surgical Practice - Criteria, Standards and Evidence has been prepared to provide practical advice and support for surgeons in their practice and in their preparation for appraisal
- Guidance on Continuing Professional Development - Maintaining Your Performance has been developed to assist surgeons in planning and recording their CPD
More information about these are available from the College’s website.
There is also an on-line toolkit (NHS) where you can keep an electronic folder of evidence.
Your Trust may offer training on appraisal skills for both appraiser and appraisee. You should take advantage of such training if offered.
Appraisal will be the key mechanism in the forthcoming revalidation system and will therefore undergo some significant changes over the coming few months.