Mythbusters: addressing common misunderstandings about appraisal and revalidation

Mythbusters: addressing common misunderstandings about appraisal and revalidation is a document designed to facilitate the process of information gathering and prepare physicians for appraisal.

The document will hopefully not just provide guidance, but also give physicians the confidence to focus on what is actually required rather than what is imagined is required to collate a portfolio of relevant supporting information to confirm fitness to practice. 

Physicians in the later stages of their careers and those who are retired but still need a GMC licence will also find this document useful.

Topics covered

The document addresses common misunderstandings around the following: 

  • role of appraisal in the revalidation of doctors 
  • revalidation, appraisal and continuing professional development documentation 
  • supporting information for appraisal and revalidation 
  • reflection 
  • continuing professional development 
  • quality improvement activities 
  • significant events 
  • colleague and patient feedback 
  • review of complaints and compliments 
  • personal development plans.

The annexes to the document provide links to useful publications and resources for appraisal and revalidation, and details of types of CPD activities and categories of CPD credits.