Aim: To ensure that the formative element of appraisal remains an integral part of medical appraisal and to find solutions to situations where there may be difficulty in the delivery of the performance assessment component of appraisal that will be required to support revalidation.
The requirements of revalidation have made it necessary to make considerable changes to the appraisal that was originally developed for medical practitioners. It is crucial that the demands of revalidation do not displace the beneficial and supportive part of the appraisal process.
Much has been written about how the more formative appraisal should be undertaken and how this helps doctors develop and improve their practice and how it augurs excellence. The continued development and strengthening of this is important for the profession and the patients.