Appraisal post

Significant events and Swiss cheese

There is a scientific discipline called human factors and ergonomics (HF&E) which recognises the absolute certainty that human beings will make mistakes, and so seeks to design working systems and environments that work around our human nature to reduce the risk of error as far as possible. Many safety-critical industries like aviation have wholeheartedly adopted…
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RCGP’s new appraisal guide

The RCGP has responded to feedback from its latest revalidation survey by clarifying and simplifying its appraisal and revalidation guidance (updated 2018). Dr Sara Chambers, NASGP's appraisal and revalidation lead, highlights the main changes in the new RCGP appraisal guidance. The six areas of supporting evidence are largely unchanged, but there have been some important…
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Going abroad? Have your appraisal on Skype!

If you are wanting to go and work abroad for a few months or years, with the intention of returning to the UK, you may have a sinking feeling about what you are going to do about your appraisals or your revalidation. If you are out of the UK for under 2 years you should…
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How to safely follow up a patient

Whether it's for a learning need, for your annual NHS appraisal, or because you've had a change of heart, it's important for us as professionals to do, so doing it safely is of paramount importance. One of the difficulties in doing locum GP work is that it is difficult to follow-up the outcomes of patients…
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Working in isolation is not an option

I’m just on my way back from giving a talk on ‘Enhanced Appraisal’ for GP locums. When I arrived in the afternoon, I was leapt on by some a few delegates who’d been there for the morning and who reported the general angst about what PCTs should be doing about locums and appraisal. I gave…
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Raising concerns about poor prescribing

MPS Medicolegal Consultant Dr Rachel Birch shares a case scenario involving a locum GP who was working in a practice with poor prescribing issues Dr L was working three days a week as a maternity locum at a busy medical practice. Every day she was asked to manage the acute prescription requests, even though she…
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Enjoy your appraisal….

Two years after the formal introduction of NHS revalidation, NASGP appraisal and revalidation lead and locum GP Sara Chambers recounts her experience of appraisal, and how this has fed into the development of NASGP's AppraisalAid. Over one fifth of licensed doctors will now have been revalidated, and on the surface all seems to be running…
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Locum complaints

There are many reasons why doctors working as locums may be more at risk of receiving a complaint. Sara Chambers, NASGP’s appraisal and revalidation lead, and Charlotte Hudson, writer at MPS, provide tips on protecting yourself from complaints and the current complaints process. The key to most complaints is how they are handled early on…
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