Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation

The following page provides support and guidance to help GPs collect supporting information for appraisal and revalidation.

Appraisal

Appraisal enables GPs to continuously improve the quality of their practice and helps with the early identification of doctors in difficulty, so that they can be offered appropriate support. GP appraisals are currently managed by primary care organisations (PCOs).

CPD Credits and Appraisal

Keeping up to date

We provide a range of resources to help GPs develop their knowledge and skills. The Online Learning Environment contains a number of online courses, including Essential Knowledge Updates and the PEP (Personal Education Planning) tool, which are integrated with the RCGP Revalidation ePortfolio. Additionally, e-GP provides a comprehensive programme of e-learning modules to support GP training and professional development.

RCGP Online Learning Environment 

RCGP Personal Education Planning (PEP) tool 

RCGP Essential Knowledge Updates 

e-GP 

We’ve also developed a CPD credits scheme to support Revalidation, offering an easy way to record and evaluate CPD. We recommend that GPs collect at least 50 credits per year reflecting the full scope of their work.

RCGP CPD Credits Scheme 

We run many courses, conferences and events across the UK covering a number of clinical and professional topics. The majority are aimed at supporting GPs' continued professional development to ensure they continue to be fit to practise in respect of the new revalidation process.

RCGP Courses and Events

One-Day Essentials 

We also provide a range of accredited and certified courses:

Substance Misuse and Associated Health (SMAH) 

Gambling Disorders in General Practice

Health for Health Professionals Part 1

Health for Health Professionals Part 2 

Supporting Carers in General Practice 

Quality Improvement

The RCGP has defined the significant event audit and clinical audit as the core information for GPs to include under Review of Practice. It is recognised, however, that clinical audit may be challenging for GPs in different working circumstances, for example locum and salaried GPs, and those who work in out-of-hours, walk-in-centres or similar environments.

RCGP / GPC statement on quality improvement (PDF)

Guidance on Clinical Audit 

Peer review audit scheme 

Significant Event Audit: Cancer Pilot 

NPSA Significant Event Audit Guidance for Primary Care Teams 

NEPCSA guidance on supporting information for non standard GPs

Scottish Online Appraisal Resource (SOAR): Additional Information for Sessional GPs 

Scottish Online Appraisal Resource (SOAR): Out of Hours GP Appraisal Toolkit 

Feedback on practice

To date the RCGP has undertaken three reviews of colleague and patient feedback tools and recommended those it considers fit for purpose for revalidation. If you have used a colleague feedback tool that is not on the list below, it will still be acceptable if it is focused on you, what you do, and the quality of your care for your patients – and if it was conducted objectively and confidentially.

RCGP recommended colleague and patient feedback tools (PDF)

Useful links

GMC Information on Revalidation 

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges information on Revalidation 

BMA information on Revalidation 

RCGP Revalidation Guidance for GPs

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