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IDAN – INTRODUCING THE  INDEPENDENT DOCTORS APPRAISAL

IDAN  – WHAT IS IT?

IDAN, the  independent doctors appraisee network is  an  innovative  scheme brought in in 2013  so that doctors  in the same specialty can be linked to one another  to support them in their annual appraisals.  Independent sector doctors  holding UK GMC  licences, voluntarily provide their  basic contact details  in order  to  be entered on to the IDAN  database.   They then are linked to other doctors in the same specialty so they can swap ideas about the collection of supporting information for their annual appraisals.  IDAN  has no involvement with the individual doctors once the link has been made.

IDAN  – WHY HAS THIS BEEN DEVELOPED?

Dr Paul Myers,  director of Doctors Appraisal Consultancy has found that many independent doctors that  he has seen for appraisals, have found difficulty  in providing evidence that they are not working  in isolation. Due to professional or geographical isolation  some doctors found it difficult to discuss cases or the administration of their practices with peers simply because they did not know other doctors.   He started  an ad hoc  system of linking such doctors together,  and this process was very successful.

It was thought by setting up IDAN  any doctor in this situation could provide their  contact details and   information about their specialties,  and IDAN  could provide each of them with details of other doctors  in a similar clinical situation.   It is voluntary and there is no cost,  and is initially being offered to doctors who have had appraisals through DAC.   However any UK licensed doctor who  contacts Dr Myers through this website  will be invited to join the scheme.

IDAN- HOW DOES IT WORK? 

Doctors interested in the scheme simply provide their basic contact details such as GMC number,  email address,  and medical specialty details, and mobile telephone contact number,  entering this into a simple on-line form.  Once IDAN  have sufficient doctors to link with one another,  they are contacted with details of other doctors in that specialty,  by email.

IDAN –  WHAT ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY?

The contact details of the doctor are held on a secure server,  and are not  disclosed to any third party. (For most part  the details are  in the public domain,  for example the  GMC  number  and doctors name  can be accessible  through the appropriate websites).

IDAN –  HOW CAN I JOIN ?

Simply  apply  to join the  independent doctors appraisee network by clicking the following link: IDAN