GP appraisal: An evaluation of generational differences on the utility of GP appraisal

Hopayian, Kevork ORCID: and Sherifi, James (2020) GP appraisal: An evaluation of generational differences on the utility of GP appraisal. Education for Primary Care, 31 (6). pp. 371-376. ISSN 1473-9879

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Background: A number of studies have previously been published on the benefits of GP appraisal. Ours is the first study that compares the views of doctors registered before and after the introduction of appraisals on various core elements of the appraisal process. Aim: This study aimed to explore potential differences, between GPs qualifying before and those after the introduction of NHS appraisals, on the utility of the appraisal process. Additionally, to discover the perceived impact of appraisals on interaction with colleagues and patients. Design and Setting: Suffolk appraisers were recruited to distribute a paper questionnaire, in two sections, for each appraisal undertaken over a 12-month period. The first part of the questionnaire related to that specific appraisal. The second part, seven questions using Likert scales and free-text comments, asked about the appraisal process in general. The feedback from the second part forms the data for this study. Results: Overall, doctors tended to agree that appraisals had a beneficial impact in the core areas investigated. However, there was a significant difference between generations: those registered before 1998 were less likely to find NHS appraisals beneficial. Both groups reported that preparation took up too much time. Opinions regarding the impact of appraisals on interaction were evenly divided amongst appraisees, with the older cohort more likely to report negatively. Conclusions: There is a generational difference amongst GP in the perceived utility of NHS appraisal. Current plans to redesign the process to make appraisals less onerous will be welcomed by both groups.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2020 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Uncontrolled Keywords: gp appraisal,gp retirement,gp revalidation,gp workforce,survey,family practice ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2714
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2023 09:30
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2023 08:30
DOI: 10.1080/14739879.2020.1812438

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