Most GPs in Scotland appraised in 2008

A total of 85% of GP partners in Scotland have been appraised by their NHS board in the past year.

The figure falls to 44% for sessional GPs, according to NHS Quality Improvement Scotland.

The watchdog’s report makes a series of recommendations to boost the number of GPs appraised annually.

These include the setting up of a national group to share areas of good practice and the setting up of one accurate database of GPs eligible to work in Scotland.

Jan Warner, the watchdog’s director of patient safety and performance assessment, said: ‘We strongly recommend that the NHS Scotland GP appraisal scheme is adopted as part of revalidation for GPs in Scotland. We recognise that further development of the scheme may be required but the work already completed provides a firm foundation on which to build for the future.’

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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