Enhanced appraisals include child protection, infection control and life support

GPs are being forced to undertake frequent child protection, infection control and basic life support training to pass the standard GP appraisal, the GPC has warned.

GP training session
GP training session

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman said GPs must not to let themselves be bullied by responsible officers demanding ‘enhanced’ appraisals.

He said: ‘Several people described the appraisals they had in the last few weeks that sound absolutely alarming.’

The GPC previously warned that doctors should not take part in enhan­ced appraisal until concerns are resolved over who will pay for remediation for doctors who fail revalidation.

Dr Buckman said there have been cases where doctors have been asked to do more training for their appraisal with little justification for why. Some doctors have also had to undergo multiple assessments.

He said some GPs were told that if they don’t pass an appraisal, they will fail revalidation.

But he stressed that appraisal 'isn’t an exam and doesn't have a pass or fail', and urged GPs not to participate in anything other than standard appraisals as PCTs have ‘no authority’ to impose other types of appraisal.

‘We would like anybody who feels they’ve been bullied by an appraiser or by a responsible officer to let us know through their LMC,’ said Dr Buckman.

The GPC said it would support anyone who can provide written evidence of what they have been asked to do for their appraisal.

Dr Buckman said that the appraisal scheme is clearly outlined in the GMC’s Good Medical Practice and the additional enhancements to appraisals are 'wrong', a position he said is backed up by the GMC.

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