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 demonstrated 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.

NHS England’s objectives for medical appraisal are as follows;

  • To support the delivery of safe, high quality, committed, compassionate and caring service to patients;
  • To help supervise and support its doctors in achieving continual professional improvement;
  • To support the process of medical revalidation;
  • To contribute to the achievement of the values of NHS England.

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.

Additional Information

If you would like further information about Electronic Learning Resource, Core contacts for Doctors in difficulty, Career break guidance or a Complaint report template 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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