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Revalidation in Wales

How to prepare for appraisal

Some key principles of appraisal in Wales are:

  • To provide individuals with an opportunity to reflect on their practice and their approach to medicine; reflect on the supporting information they have gathered and what that information demonstrates about their practice; identify areas of practice where they could make improvements or undertake further development; demonstrate that they are up to date
  • To provide opportunities for communication between doctors and the organisations in which they work relating to skills, capacity, organisational level objectives, constraints & learning needs
  • To provide assurances to the organisation/s that doctors are remaining up to date across their whole practice
  • To provide a route to revalidation that builds on and strengthens existing systems with minimum bureaucracy

Appraisal is a regular and systematic review of past achievements with the view to plan future learning needs. It should be viewed as a continual process of personal and professional development. It should be thought of as an opportunity for doctors to gather information about the full scope of their own practice and what that demonstrates, reflect on their approach to their work, identify improvements that could be made and show how they might further develop.

In this section

Supporting information

GMC requirements for supporting information.

What if I can't have my appraisal?

There may be occasions when you are unable to have your appraisal when it is due, this could be for a variety of different reasons such as illness, maternity leave or a sabbatical.  

Low clinical workload

There is no generally agreed definition of low clinical workload and it is probably unhelpful to count the number of sessions worked over a year.

Top Tips

Although the appraisal is facilitated by the Appraiser, it should be prepared for and driven by the individual appraisee.

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