All doctors on a Performers List are required to be appraised annually. Employers and those who sub-contract services, including unscheduled care services, appreciate the benefits that an annual appraisal can bring in terms of enhanced service quality and patient safety. All good employers will support your appraisal.
Support takes four forms:
While employers should support all doctors in preparing for their appraisal, do not forget it is your own responsibility to ensure that you are up to date and safe to do your job. Appraisal is one of the tools which can help you to do this.
If these supports are not in place, it will be much more difficult for you to obtain and reflect on evidence for appraisal, and to develop your knowledge and skills as an OOH doctor. Possible solutions for doctors in this situation might include:
If you experienced difficulty you could remind them that helping you may improve the service you provide, and - by extension - the quality of service that they provide to patients. It is in nobody's interests to leave you poorly supported when you provide unscheduled care, and patients should always be able to expect that the organisation providing care is committed to keeping its doctors up to date, safe and good at their jobs.
This page was last updated on: 18/08/2016
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