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Healthcare Professionals Using NHS Appraisals

One of the most onerous tasks for doctors and surgeons is the completion of the NHS appraisal and revalidation process. Although very much a necessary evil, the amount of paperwork that is required can be immense and for busy professionals, trawling back through three years of patients and cases, can be a rather demoralising thing.

One of the most onerous tasks for doctors and surgeons is the completion of the NHS appraisal and revalidation process. Although very much a necessary evil, the amount of paperwork that is required can be immense and for busy professionals, trawling back through three years of patients and cases, can be a rather demoralising thing. Indeed, unless you’ve had the foresight to ensure that copies were taken of key documents, chances are many of them will have been relegated to the archive or even lost. This is why it’s so important to ensure that evidence is gathered more regularly. Otherwise the task is often delegated to admin staff, left struggling to find the time to collate all the necessary info and who certainly don’t have the direct experience to know what is relevant and what is not.

Thankfully, there are now a number of software packages which make NHS appraisal a lot easier. On a basic level, these work by providing an electronic portfolio to help you put together all the necessary information and check it off against a list of all the GMC criteria to make sure that it satisfies the high threshold for evidence. Such programmes are great for helping to organise your work and let you see exactly how far you’ve got and what’s left to be completed. Equally, by prompting you to do your filing at the end of a certain period, you can easily follow up on your requests for information and make sure that you don’t leave it too late to make notes. As simple as this sounds, by having a piece of software to help you through the organisational difficulties that are involved you can save a lot of time. With such systems, gone are the days when you found that you only had a few days left to gather a huge mass of information only to discover that most of it was missing.

NHS appraisal is an important part of a doctor’s career, so it’s important that corners aren’t cut. Indeed, just the very process of going through the assessment criteria is beneficial and taking your time to think about your practice is ultimately what the entire process is supposed to be about. Although some doctors might find it anathema to put their trust in technology to such a full extent, those that are using such systems are enthusiastic advocates for what they can do and the time they can save.

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