Doctors Appraisal Consultancy, DAC, has provided support for thousands of doctors since revalidation was introduced after 2011. There are a number of different ways that we can help doctors working their way towards their revalidation, having appraisals and becoming re-licensed.
Many doctors have contacted DAC for support in interpreting the current regulations, in gathering suitable supporting information for their appraisal, or seeking help in completing the various appraisal forms that are currently being used for appraisals by different designated bodies. There is a considerable variation between methods of recording appraisals, for example, completing the forms by hand, on a structured template held on the hard drive of the appraisees computer, or on-line, on the designated bodies server. This variability can cause some confusion in the process of adding data, and completing the various parts of the forms. The staff at DAC are experts at both dealing with IT problems, as well as the interpretation of the regulations with respect to revalidation. DAC also has considerable experience in using the various currently available online appraisal forms.
If you are approaching your appraisal and need guidance on these areas DAC can offer support and advice. This can vary from one-to-one training, to workshops and on line support. DAC can offer this support in a variety of methods to suit the convenience of individual doctors. Contact DAC to discuss your particular needs in preparing and completing your appraisals.
Support Prior to the Appraisal Meeting
Although it is true that every UK licensed doctor will require an appraisal meeting, there is a wide range of support available provided by the various appraisal service providers. In addition to a panel of experienced and supportive appraisers, we also have trained staff who are extremely knowledgeable about the appraisal and revalidation process and provide a wide range of support to make the whole process easier for the doctor having the appraisal. This includes interpreting the regulations, giving advice about completing the online appraisal form, and providing information about the supporting information that doctors need to collect for their appraisals. Not all appraisal providing organisations provide this support, but DAC receives excellent feedback in this regard, and many of our doctors for whom we provide appraisals find us through recommendations from other satisfied doctors. A further area of support provided by DAC relates to the doctors ‘route to revalidation’. While 95% of UK licence doctors have a connection to a Designated Body, a significant number of doctors are not in this position and default to the GMC annual return process. This can cause considerable stress for the doctors as they can be without the support that a Designated Body can provide, and specifically may be asked to take a GMC assessment (sequence of examinations). Doctors Appraisal Consultancy can help doctors who are without a route to revalidation through finding them an appropriate Designated Body. This specifically relates to the doctors scope of practice, as well as a number of other factors, but we have an excellent record of helping doctors in this situation. If you do not have a Designated Body please contact DAC for further information.