• No need to record all your CPD activity; choose examples that demonstrate you are meeting the GMC requirements or that you would like to discuss with your appraiser.
  • You do not need to count learning credits slavishly. The GMC requirement focuses on outcomes and outputs of educational activity - i.e. development. The RCGP also recognise the importance of using your CPD in practice within their credit system.
  • Ensure last year’s PDP items are covered.
  • New GPs should add their Trainee PDP to the additional PDP for their new appraisal to review. 
  • Identify supporting information for revalidation.
  • Group evidence when writing up, rather than separate entries for everything e.g. SEA, on-line modules, educational meetings, reading, PUNs/DENs, clinical topics/themes.
  • No need to describe everything covered at meetings etc. Use examples to illustrate and focus on learning reflection and how it will affect practice.
  • Include enough information for your appraiser to make sense of your entry, and understand what you have done: ‘quality rather than quantity’.
  • Use of credit weighting can help appraiser to identify entries of more significance, which should be discussed.
  • Try to avoid repeating the same things year on year: aim for breadth over the 5-year revalidation cycle.
  • Try to make at least one entry in each domain, so that you are covering all of the attributes of Good Medical Practice over the 5-year revalidation cycle.
  • Ensure that evidence relating to any additional or lead roles is included over 5-year revalidation cycle.
  • Don’t expect to discuss every item in your folder: selected items will be discussed in depth; appraisal discussion should be about 2 hours.
  • Use the revalidation templates!
  • Inform your appraiser of your revalidation date.
  • In your ‘Progress Reflections’ section reflect on your overall achievement over the year, successes and disappointments, progress with your PDP, background information on your practice, additional roles, extenuating circumstances/significant constraints, plans for next year, longer term aspirations for the future and progress towards revalidation.
  • In your ‘Developmental Needs’ section enter details of your plans for the future both for the next appraisal year, and longer-term aspirations.
  • Read carefully and complete the ‘Health and Probity’ statements.
  • Give details of any complaints received or resolved during the appraisal period: record as an entry in the relevant domain.
  • If you disagree any of the other probity statements, record the relevant details as an entry in the appropriate domain.
  • Check your summary for accuracy before agreeing.
  • Refer back to your summary and PDP over the year.