Understanding the experiences of and attitudes towards Medical Appraisal 2020

What were the key findings?

  • Wellbeing-based discussions were described as supportive, person-centred conversations that were relevant now and in the future.
  • Barriers to discussions included the appraisee/appraiser relationship, the knowledge and skills of the appraiser and the perceived risk of raising a wellbeing concern.
  • The reduction in pre-appraisal paperwork benefited many appraisees.
  • Most appraisers and responsible officers stated the reduced paperwork was still an appropriate amount of information to make a revalidation recommendation.
  • There were some concerns that the responsibility to extract and document information about the doctor’s practice during the appraisal discussion was solely on the appraiser. 
  • Information and training are needed to ensure appraisers have the appropriate knowledge and confidence in wellbeing discussions. 
  • Local measures must be in place to ensure that if wellbeing concerns are raised, they are met with a meaningful response which will help the doctor obtain the support they need. 

Why did we commission this research?

This research was commissioned to understand the views and experiences of appraisees, appraisers and responsible officers about the model of appraisal that was introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, known as Medical Appraisal 2020. 

What did the research involve?

The research was delivered by an independent research agency, ICE Creates, and included an online survey with 832 appraisees and appraisers. A follow-up telephone interview was conducted with 59 appraisees and appraisers and 10 responsible officers to provide a more in-depth understanding of individuals views and experiences. 

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