Getting Started - The Basics

How do I get started with my Appraisal?

Your local appraisal administrator will allocate you to an appraiser.  They will provide you with contact details and you may ask for a different appraiser if you feel the allocation is not appropriate (neighbours, close friends outside of work, etc).  Otherwise, it is a good idea to contact your appraiser promptly to arrange a time for your interview that is mutually convenient.  If you delay, you may have little choice of date or timing.

You will need a login name and password to get into SOAR.  If you are not aware of your login details, please complete the SOAR Login Request form.

You need to find out what supporting information you will need to provide for this year's appraisal.  To do this you should read carefully the guidance on Appraisal and Revalidation via one of the toolkits available (select the toolkit that applies to you).  Your appraiser will be happy to advise you further if required and we recommend that you ask if you are uncertain.

Much of your supporting information is likely to be in the form of completed reflective questionnaire or templates (such as an audit or SEA).  These are documents you can store on your PC and upload to SOAR whenever you wish.

Once you are sure what supporting information you will need to provide this year, you should begin to complete the three Appraisal Forms, step by step, and at each stage you will be prompted for appropriate supporting information at the appropriate point.  Essentially, as you fill in each section you will be asked to upload the information in support of that section/domain.

To get access to your Appraisal Forms, you must login to SOAR.

We advise that you should start your appraisal preparation three months before your interview date.  This is to allow you time to gather all the information, but also so that you can confirm it with your appraiser well in advance.  If you are not sure what to provide or how much, we strongly advise that you contact your appraiser to check what is needed.

If you don't provide supporting information that meets the requirements of the GMC, this may impact on your Responsible Officer's ability to recommend you for Revalidation.

Once your appraisal has taken place, your appraiser will provide a draft record of it (Form 4) which you will be asked to approve.  This becomes your principal Revalidation evidence for that year, and it will be available to the Responsible Officer when they login to SOAR.

This page was last updated on: 26/06/2015