Coronavirus and your appraisal Revalidation

Your Appriasal & revalidation during the COVID crisis (UK)

On 20th March 2020, NHS England/Improvement announced a suspension of all annual appraisals for doctors working in the NHS for the foreseeable future (at least until the end of September, in line with the GMC change in recommendation dates). Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and larger designated bodies, are expected to follow suit.

Every designated body and Responsible Officer has the authority to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in an appropriate way for their organisation and context. You will need to check what your RO has decided, however the guidance from NHSE is that doctors who were due to have their annual appraisal up until the end of September will NOT be expected to have an annual appraisal this year and their appraisal will be carried forward twelve months. This is a pragmatic decision to free-up clinicians at this time and to avoid creating a year-end bunching problem by postponing the appraisal instead of cancelling it. There will be no repercussions for doctors who miss an appraisal due to these exceptional circumstances.

Some smaller designated bodies may choose to postpone their appraisals (rather than cancelling the appraisal for a whole year). Postponement is appropriate if it would be possible to facilitate appraisals for all doctors later in the appraisal year without putting undue pressure on the medical workforce. You should be notified of the situation in your designated body by your Responsible Officer.

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has a good webpage with up to date information here – https://www.aomrc.org.uk/revalidation-cpd/appraisal-revalidation-during-covid-19/