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Appraisal Year and Phasing

Appraisal Year

The Appraisal year is aligned to the NHS Scotland financial year, i.e. 1st April to 31st March and the Appraisal year that is covered by an Appraisal is predicated by when the Appraisal meeting takes place.  For example, if the Appraisal meeting takes place in June 2018, the Appraisal year is 2018/2019 (i.e. 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019).  An Appraisal meeting taking place in April 2019 will fall within the appraisal year 2019/2020 (i.e. 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020).  The information to be reviewed at the Appraisal meeting should largely be collected in the previous 12 months i.e. an Appraisal meeting taking place at any time in 2018/2019 should cover the period 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018; but should also cover any relevant information right up until the date of the Appraisal which may have impacted on your practice e.g. a Significant Clinical Incident.

Phased Appraisal Process

From 1st April 2014 all Appraisees should be appraised in accordance with a rolling structured timetable. Each Appraisee will be required to complete an Appraisal during a four month period as determined by their GMC revalidation due date (in particular the month) as follows:

  • Revalidation month is April, May, June or July, appraisal to be completed between December and March;
  • Revalidation month is August, September, October or November, appraisal to be completed between April and July;
  • Revalidation month is December, January, February or March, appraisal to be completed between August and November.

Number of Appraisals

To be eligible to revalidate in 2017/2018 each Appraisee must have completed six Appraisals prior to their revalidation date.  Those revalidating in 2018/2019 must have completed seven Appraisals prior to their revalidation date.