Appraisals for Locum Doctors 

All practising doctors are required by the GMC to have yearly appraisals and undergo revalidation every 5 years. These must be carried out by a suitably trained and qualified appraiser. 

Unfortunately that means Locum Doctors need to have yearly appraisals. This can be a long and tedious task but we want to help make the process as quick, smooth and cost effective as possible. 

Prepare for your Appraisal 

Knowing the things you need to have done for your appraisal lets you plan it out and get it done quicker.

I have listed out the key evidence you need for your appraisal;

  • Continuous Professional Development (CPD)  – the amounts recommended vary depending on where you look but there is no fixed amount required by the GMC. Each doctors needs are different and CPD should reaffirm what you do well and improve areas identified for development.
  • Colleague feedback – Ideally from 10 – 15 team members, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, HCA’s, Ward clerks etc. The GMC Has A Colleague Feedback Form Which Is Free And Easy To Use.
  • Patient FeedbackPatient feedback forms are needed over the 5 years ( 30 + forms) between revalidation periods but more can be done and will stand you in good stead for your appraisal too. 
  • Personal Development Plan – set in place every year for the following year, Ideally between 3 – 5 points to be achieved. We recommend making them specific and reasonably achievable points. 
  • Compliments – If you receive any written compliments such as a card from a patient in which you are specifically named, or if you are mentioned by a patient on a friends and family feedback form, these should be kept for your appraisal. 
  • Records of any complaints or significant events – If you are involved in any complaints or significant events you should mention these in your appraisal. 
  • Reflections – Reflections are ideally needed for each of the above points but most especially for CPD courses, e-learning and conferences you have attended. Reflections should be kept brief and to the point. Focus on what you have learned or what could have been done differently and how this experience will change your practise. The reflections can be in bullet points or a short paragraph.
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Use The Medical Appraisals Guide (MAG)

The best way to save yourself a huge amount of time is to use the Medical Appraisal Guide (MAG) produced by the NHS. 

This is a fully interactive PDF, which guides you through what you need to show for your appraisal and lets you put all the information into one place. It also allows you to attach certificates etc as proof. 

It does have a few quirks:

  • It has to be opened using adobe reader, to allow all the interactive features to work.
  • The maximum size the MAG form can be is 18mb, which means if you have lots of attachments you may need to send this directly to your appraiser. 

Above I have listed the key evidence you should aim to get throughout the year and once this is added to the MAG form, your appraisal preparation is done!

Finding An Appraiser

Finding an efficient, cost effective appraiser can be difficult and can typically cost between £500-800! 
If you work via a Locum Agency, they often have an appraiser to whom they are affiliated and recommend however, you are not obliged to use them as they can often be quite expensive. 

We at The Locum Life recommend Medical Appraisers by Professor Kazi.

He has established himself as one of the best medical appraisers. He help you through the process and will carry out your appraisal in a time and cost efficient way over Video Call. We have managed to get a special discounted price of £275, via the form above.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is my Designated Body while locuming?

Whilst you are a trainee, your designated body is the trust you are working for. Once you start locuming however, the situation can become very confusing.

A brief rule of thumb is that, if the majority of your locum shifts have been booked via a specific locum agency, they will be your designated body. 

If you’ve worked across multiple agencies, the one whom you feel you’ve worked most with is going to be your designated body but the appraisal you undergo will be for all of your practice across all agencies. 

If the majority of the shifts you have worked have been via a hospital bank, you should contact them and they will become your designated body. They often will carry out your appraisal without fee.

The GMC has a tool to help you decide who is your designated body and you will also need to keep your designated body updated via your GMC online portal.

2. What is the difference between my designated body and responsible officer?

Your designated body is the organisation (normally your main employer) that has the responsibility of supporting you through your appraisal and revalidation. The responsible officer is an individual from within the organisation that is tasked with supporting you through your appraisal and revalidation.