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Appraisals for doctors without a responsible officer or suitable person must be robust, consistent, and focus on the requirements for safe and effective practice in the UK.

The person who conducts your appraisal must:

  • hold GMC registration with a licence to practise (check the registration status of your appraiser on the medical register)
  • have a prescribed connection to a designated body (or a suitable person that we have approved)
  • have been recently trained in the knowledge and skills to carry out appraisals for revalidation
  • carry out appraisals for a designated body or suitable person
  • have carried out at least five appraisals in the 12 months immediately before your appraisal
  • confirm with us that they are discussing and reflecting on their role as an appraiser as part of their scope of practice at their own appraisal
  • understand the professional obligations placed on doctors by our guidance Good medical practice
  • not have a conflict of interest with you and avoid any appearance of bias in the appraisal
  • understand the context, scope and nature of work you do
  • see and verify the fitness for purpose of the supporting information you take to your appraisal
  • refer doctors to us if they have concerns about fitness to practise
  • not carry out appraisals for doctors without a connection if they (the appraiser) are in a licence withdrawal process
  • be able to give evidence, when we ask, that they meet all the above criteria.

You need to provide a report on your appraisal, wholly completed and signed by your appraiser, as part of your annual return. We'll verify the information in this report and may contact your appraiser directly.