The GMC published The Good Medical Practice Framework for appraisal and revalidation in 2013. Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation was published in 2018 then revised in 2020. Their requirements still hold true.
A new approach to appraisal was taken in 2020 in recognition of the exceptional stresses that the COVID-19 pandemic was placing on doctors.
There was a change of emphasis to focus on professional development and wellbeing.
GPs no longer had to supply large quantities of supporting information and pre-appraisal paperwork.
The appraisal provided an opportunity for a confidential discussion and a time to reflect verbally rather than in writing.
The appraiser captured the discussion in the appraisal summary which the doctor was able to correct before sign off.
The threat of spreading infection led to all appraisals being done virtually using video conferencing rather than face-to-face.
What changed in 2022?
A survey showed that the changes in emphasis and reduction in paperwork were widely welcomed so they have now been adopted formally as the way to do appraisals.
The MAG/MAF form will not be updated to the new appraisal format and so is no longer fit for purpose.
It will not be accepted beyond 31st March 2023.
Various portfolio toolkits are available which conform with the 2022 format.
Video conferencing is now the norm, saving travelling time and expense and hopefully the planet too! Appraisals may be conducted face to face - ask your appraiser.
Guide to your appraisal (RCGP, August 2022)
Medical Appraisal Guide 2022 (Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, June 2022)
Appraisal 2020 - a survey of GP's views in England_v0.7 (NHSE, May 2022)
New Medical Appraisal Guide and associated Appraisal Template (ROAN Letter 45)