Guidance on supporting information for appraisal and revalidation

Additional information required for your appraisal

Information about your practice

42 In your appraisal portfolio you must provide:

  1. your personal details including your GMC reference number
  2. details of the organisations and locations where you have worked as a doctor since your last appraisal, and the roles or posts held
  3. a comprehensive description of the scope and nature of your practice
  4. a record of your appraisals, including confirmation whether you are in any revalidation non-engagement, licence withdrawal or appeal process
  5. your personal development plans and their reviews.

Probity statement

43 You will need to make a statement in relation to probity. Your appraisal is an opportunity to review and reflect on any probity matters you wish to discuss with your appraiser. This includes the obligations to ensure you have adequate insurance and indemnity and declare and manage any conflicts of interests appropriately.

44 Probity is at the heart of medical professionalism and means being honest and trustworthy and acting with integrity. Not providing honest and accurate information required for your appraisal will raise a question about your probity.

45 Good medical practice gives guidance on issues of probity as follows:

  1. Research (paragraphs 17 and 67)

  2.  Holding adequate and appropriate insurance or indemnity (paragraph 63)(6)

  3. Being honest and trustworthy (paragraphs 65–67)

  4. Providing and publishing information about your services (paragraph 70)

  5. Writing reports and CVs, giving evidence and signing documents (paragraph 71)

  6. Cautions, official inquiries, criminal offences, findings against your registration, and suspensions and restrictions on your practice (paragraphs 72–76)

  7. Financial and commercial dealings and conflicts of interest (paragraphs 77–80)

Health statement

46 You will also need to make a health statement. It is important that you reflect on and consider whether there any matters in relation to your own health and wellbeing which you wish to discuss with your appraiser. This includes whether you have appropriate support in place to protect yourself and your patients.

47 Good medical practice gives the following guidance:

  1. Registration with a GP – you should be registered with a general practitioner outside your family to ensure that you have access to independent and objective medical care. You should not treat yourself (paragraph 30).
  2. Immunisation – you should protect your patients, your colleagues and yourself by being immunised against common serious communicable diseases where vaccines are available (paragraph 29).
  3. A serious condition that could pose a risk to patients – if you know that you have, or think you might have, a serious condition that you could pass on to patients, or if your judgement or performance could be affected by a condition or its treatment, you must consult a suitably qualified colleague. You must ask for and follow their advice about investigations, treatment and changes to your practice that they consider necessary. You must not rely on your own assessment of the risk you pose to patients (paragraph 28).

 (6) A doctor must have adequate and appropriate insurance or indemnity in place when they start to practise medicine in the UK. Under the law, a doctor must have cover against liabilities that may be incurred in practising medicine having regard to the nature and extent of the risks.