Finding an appraiser

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 (check your appraiser’s connection on the medical register)
  • be up to date with their appraiser training 
  • 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
  • be discussing and reflecting on their role as an appraiser as part of their own whole practice appraisal
  • not have a conflict of interest with you
  • understand the context, scope and nature of work you do
  • not be in the process of having their licence withdrawn.

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.