Cumbria and the North East
Medical Appraisal & Revalidation
NHS England
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GP Medical Appraisal

Medical appraisal is the appraisal of a doctor by a trained appraiser, in which the doctor demonstrates that they are practising in accordance with the GMC Good Medical Practice Guidance across the scope of their practice.

To complete the Medical Appraisal process satisfactorily and subsequently be in a position to be positively recommended for revalidation by your Responsible Officer, you are required to gather a portfolio of evidence each year. The General Medical Council has defined the minimum requirements for this, GMC Guidance and Supporting information, and these are summarised in the one-page guide developed by Cumbria and the North East.

Full details of the allocation system, the timing of your appraisal and a step-by-step guide to all the requirements of the appraisal process can be found here.

Appraisal objectives

Appraisal is a process whereby you and a trained appraiser spend time reviewing your past practice, by making reference to the supporting information you have submitted, in line with the GMC guidance. This is also an opportunity to agree professional development plans and goals to work towards over the following year.


Appraisal should also provide an opportunity to reflect on any issues you may have faced over the previous year within your scope of practice, and to gain the support of your appraiser in discussing any learning or changes to your practise you wish to make as a result of this.


It is important to note that appraisal is not only the method to achieve revalidation, but is also a mechanism to remain confident and supported within the workforce.


Appraisal postponement/Deferment

If for any reason you are unable to complete your appraisal within your birth month, in line with NHS England's Appraisal Policy, please complete the postponement form and submit to Your request will be considered by the Team and you will be notified of the decision within 5 working days.

Please note when making a request for a postponement or deferment, this must be accompanied by a valid reason to support your request.


Career break guidance

If you plan to take some time out of UK general practice to work, travel, live abroad, take maternity/paternity/adoption leave or are in ill health, which may affect the completion of your annual appraisal; please inform the Team of your plans. NHS England Cumbria and the North East will support you during this time, directing you to appropriate supporting services and ensuring that your appraisal is postponed/deferred if necessary.

If you are absent from general practice for a period in excess of 12 months, NHS England may to remove you from the Medical Performers List, however the Team do attempt to work with doctors to support and avoid this situation if possible; therefore it is vital that you ensure NHS England are informed of any prolonged period of absence to ensure NHS England and the Responsible Officer are aware of your current status. 

Should you be absent from general practice for 24 months or more, there is a requirement that you complete the Induction and Refresher Scheme, which is deisned to provide a supportive environment in which a GP can return safely to NHS general practice.

For further information relating to this topic please access the Career Break Guidance , if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the Team.


Retirement from general practice

If you are planning on retiring from general practice and wish to either resign from the Medical Performers List or to commence an alternative medical post, please access the Approaching retirement guidance to ensure you follow the process to inform all relevant parties of your retirement or future plans.


Available support

If you would like further information about Core contacts for Doctors in difficulty or what to do if you have a complaint about your apprasial please see below links or view our useful information page to acess the downloadable documentation.

For more information please contact us and we will be happy to help.

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