Appraiser Training & Updates

DoctorsTraining has been delivering training courses for new appraiser along with annual updates now for over 10 years with a number of regular NHS Trusts.

Through our network of experienced  and highly skilled facillitaors we are able offer a wide range of training programmes for new and existing appraisers.  

New Appraiser Programme

Monday 18th January 

Training and support for doctors by doctors

Fee £195 (plus VAT)

We have adapted our traditional 2-day face to face programme to accommodate the need for greater flexibility in the training of new appraisers. The core knowledge and skills are covered in our online interactive eModules based on materials provided by NHSE. 

This provides the essential background and allows the 1- day live programme to focus on applying these skills in practice. This blended approach is an ideal opportunity to build confidence conducting a meaningful and worthwhile appraisal. 


Dr Mark Slade

Mark has held leadership roles within the NHS, as a clinical director, specialty director and medical director. He is a committed educator and trainer and enjoys excellent feedback as a coach, mentor, educational supervisor and appraiser. 

He sat on an advisory panel on the development of the GMC educational standards, and acts as an appraiser of medical directors for NHS England. He completed the international health and social care leadership programme of the University of Yale school of public health and regularly teaches on leadership and its components. 

He continues to practise clinically, working part-time in acute medicine

Previous feedback

“Useful precourse material meant less need for didactic teaching in the workshop leaving moretime for discussion.  Knowledgeable trainers who are also practising doctors was very important.  The size of group overall was just right; breakout sessions into 2-3 people worked well too”

Small group of 2-3 in break rooms has worked well. Delivering this course on zoom was absolutely fine, no issues at all. Pre-course preparation was spot on, available extra readingvery useful. Course facilitators knowledgeable, genuine and enthusiastic”.

Pre-course eModules 

  • What is the purpose of appraisal?
  • What makes a good appraiser
  • What’s needed for appraisal in revalidation
  • Professional judgment of supporting information
  • Documenting the summary of appraisal
  • Quality Assurance of appraisal
  • GMC Reflective Practitioner guidance 

Live Teaching and Practice – (Zoom or Face to Face)

  • Communication skills within appraisal – active listening, questioning skills & providing feedback
  • Skills practice – conducting a mini appraisal
  • Effective Personal Development Plans 
  • Understanding local processes and specialty specific issues
  • Managing the difficult appraisal

New Appraiser Training Programme – 2 days face to face

We deliver a 2 day practical Interactive & thought provoking programme based on the materials provided by the Revalidation Support Team and NHS England.

Over the 2 days we provides lots of practical advice and the opportunity for new appraisers to develop the necessary knowledge & skills to be confident facilitating a high quality and valuable appraisal.

Day 1

  • What makes a good appraisal
  • Qualities of a good appraiser and the competency framework
  • Purpose of appraisal and the purpose of revalidation
  • Role of the Responsible Officer (RO)
  • Good Medical Practice
  • Supporting information
  • Appraisal output summaries and 5 Key Statements
  • Conducting a professional appraisal
  • Enhanced communication in appraisal 

Day 2

  • Conducting an appraisal – real practice
  • The outputs and and sign off statements
  • Appraisal summary write up
  • PDP
  • Challenging appraisals
  • Local processes

Ongoing Support and Updates for Existing Appraisers

We have a range of half and full day workshops for existing appraisers to update their skills and catch up with the latest changes in appraisal and revalidation.

Contact us if you would like to find out more about or bespoke design service or wish to commission one of our existing programmes.

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