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GP Appraisal

Information and links about GP Appraisal in Scotland for general practitioners

The Scottish GP Appraisal Scheme has been developed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in conjunction with a number of partners, including the Scottish Government, the BMA, and the Royal College of General Practitioners to support GPs in keeping up to date as practitioners and in continuing to meet the requirements of Good Medical Practice.


Annual Appraisals will play an essential part in the process of Revalidation for all doctors which is scheduled to begin late in 2012. Since April 2002 it has been a statutory requirement for all General Practitioners to have an annual appraisal.

Our role

In Scotland the GP Appraisal Scheme is managed at a national level by NHS Education for Scotland's GP Appraisal team. The GP Appraisal team co-ordinate the development and monitoring of the scheme, providing support and guidance for Appraisers, Appraisees and Local Administrative staff. We also co-ordinate the training courses for new and existing appraisers and run an annual conference to support continuing development for appraisers.

How it works

There are approx. 5000 GPs across Scotland and each one requires an annual appraisal. There are 190 appraisers spread across the country carrying out these appraisals.

Local Appraisal Advisers (LAAs) are responsible for the development and internal quality assurance of the GP appraisal scheme in Scotland at a local level. Each Health Board has its own Local Appraisal Adviser(s) providing support and guidance.

The appraisal criteria are defined by the General Medical Council in Good Medical Practice and further elaborated by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the General Practitioners' Committee in their joint publication Good Medical Practice for General Practitioners.

A web based resource to support Appraisal and Revalidation in Scotland is provided by NES through the Medical Appraisal Scotland.

Information on Continuing Professional Development and GP CPD Courses are available using the link below.

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