Appraisers failing to use new portfolio-based system

Senior doctors who assess the performance of juniors and medical students are failing to use the new portfolio-based performance appraisal systems fully, according to research.

Dr Martyn Chamberlain, of the University of Chester, interviewed 46 UK consultants, surgeons and GPs, and found that none fully complied with the appraisal system's requirements.

All 46 believed that the new portfolio-based performance appraisal systems were ‘highly superficial' box-ticking exercises and they continued to use the traditional method of assessment by day-to-day performance.

Portfolio-based performance appraisal systems have been brought into undergraduate and postgraduate medical training over the last decade as a way of formally logging the progress of medical students and junior doctors, who fill it in as a record of their progress during their training, and which is signed off during appraisals. They are also used during the annual appraisal of all doctors as part of their NHS contract.

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