Education for GPs

GP Appraisal and Revalidation

The RCGP have developed an appraisal structure that 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 a doctor’s designated body.

Revalidation supports you to develop your practice, drives improvements in clinical governance and gives your patients confidence that you’re up to date. The General Medical Council have devised step by step guidance and resources to support doctors in revalidation.

The following scheme is intended to support doctors to meet the requirements for appraisal and revalidation.

GP CPD credits scheme

The credit based system is a mechanism for recording CPD, based on the time spent on an activity and the impact it has on the doctor, his or her patients and the service. It can be used by any practising GP in the UK, whatever their stage of career, RCGP membership status, work setting, employment status, learning style or special interest. The scheme works on the basis that:

  • a minimum of 50 credits is recommended
  • a broad range of general practice experience should be covered in 250 credits over 5 years
  • credits are self-assessed and verified at appraisal

Coaching and mentoring

East of England have a range of mentoring schemes established and more in the planning phase, the mentoring process is about supporting an individual in determining how best to achieve their goal, not telling them how to perform. Health Education England have a range of materials accessible to a mentee or a mentor.