Appraisals England Northern Ireland Wales Scotland

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BMJ Learning: Challenge in appraisal

This module is designed to help new and experienced appraisers reflect on their current appraisal skills and identify how they might expand their skills to include support and challenge.

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National guidance


NHS England has produced guidance on how appraisal should work in England including a model appraisal form and appraisal checklist.


Northern Ireland



NHS Education Scotland has produced guidance on appraisal and revalidation for doctors in primary and secondary care working and training in Scotland.

  • Medical Appraisal Scotland - Scottish online appraisal resource (SOAR) is used by appraisers and appraisees to aid the appraisal process, and for trainees to complete their self declarations. Toolkits and user guides are all available on the Medical Appraisal Scotland website. The appraisal folder for primary care has been available in electronic form via the SOAR system for some time. The appraisal folder for secondary care is available online on the SOAR platform. Paper or electronic presentation of secondary care appraisal documentation is still accepted but the intention is to move to an electronic web based only submission in the future.
  • Appraisee user guide

NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government in 2012 published A Guide to Appraisal for Medical Revalidation CEL 31 (2012). This guide is for NHS Scotland non trainee medical staff (excluding GPs).



NHS Wales has developed an all Wales appraisal policy. The purpose of the Revalidation Support Unit (RSU) is to support and improve professional standards which includes the management of the online Medical Appraisal and Revalidation System (MARS).


GMC guidance

The General Medical Council has set out its generic requirements for medical practice and appraisal in three main documents:


Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties

The Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties have also provided a specialty context for the supporting information required for appraisal: