GPs should be planning for revalidation and the annual appraisal. The cycle includes revalidation-ready appraisals and supporting information:
- Quality improvement activity
- Significant events
- Feedback from colleagues
- Feedback from patients
- Complaints and compliments.1
Before making a recommendation to the GMC (revalidate, defer or non-engagement), the responsible officer will review any clinical governance information, such as serious complaints or investigations.
Once you have the date for your revalidation, start planning your multisource feedback (MSF) and patient survey questionnaire (PSQ). It is important to ask colleagues across the range of your practice.
Read the GMC advice on MSF/PSQ. The process must be rigorous. The PSQ should be distributed by receptionists and completed questionnaires collected and sent to an external body to be processed.
When colleagues have agreed to give you feedback, enter their email addresses on your MSF application and they will be emailed a questionnaire, which will be processed centrally. Check the website of your appraisal administration team to determine which questionnaires are recommended.
Reflection on your feedback should include noting the positives. Doctors can be self-critical and tend to focus on perceived criticisms.
When planning CPD, remember that supporting information needs to cover the scope of your practice, including any special interest (GPSI), academic, commissioning, teaching or voluntary roles. Consider, for each role, how you qualified for it, how you keep up to date and how you demonstrate that you are effective, using both feedback and outcomes.
CPD should not just cover personal interests. Local patient population needs, national guidance, practice needs, learning needs identified from personal practice and feedback should also be considered. Some GPs use online multiple choice questionnaires to help identify learning needs.
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Your learning needs should be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely (SMART). An effective SMART personal development plan should allow for activity to be spread throughout the year.
Identifying a few different ways to achieve each of your objectives allows for greater flexibility. Consider how you will demonstrate a change in your practice.
Quality improvement can take some planning to complete a full cycle. For most GPs, a two-cycle audit will be expected. This should usually be prompted in recognition of an area where quality could improve.
For some, such as locums, personal rather than practice audit may be possible, but there are alternatives. See GMC guidance and 'Quality improvement activity as supporting information for appraisal'.2,3
- Dr Miller is a GP in London and GP tutor and coach/mentor for the London Deanery. Opinions expressed are her own.
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These further action points may allow you to earn more credits by increasing the time spent and the impact achieved.
2. GMC 2012. Supporting information for revalidation and appraisal.
3. London Deanery. Appraisal and Revalidation e-modules.