Are you considering becoming a GP appraiser? I would recommend it to anyone, but as with any job it’s as well to go into it with your eyes wide open.
First, let’s look at the time commitment. For any one appraisal there is usually a couple of hours of work to do before the meeting. There is a requirement to read all the paperwork and may be a need for a telephone call or email before the face to face. The aim is to get the paperwork to standard in advance of the meeting. Then there is the appraisal discussion itself, the time for this varies but allow two hours, perhaps a little longer. Finally, there is the writing up of the appraisal and the completion of paperwork for the appraisal team which again adds up to an hour or two. Let’s say five or six hours of work per appraisal.
What attributes does the appraiser need? Here is my list of the five most required appraiser attributes…
- An interest in colleagues
- A good listening ear
- A degree of organisation (you need to be on top of the paperwork and you need to direct your appraisee to cover the essential requirements)
- A supportive and motivating approach
- Enough free time to do a reasonable job
I think some doctors with an interest in appraisal hold back because they think they are too young. You probably want a small number of years of experience in GP before you start appraising, but young doctors can make excellent appraisers.
How well is appraisal paid? Reasonably well. In North Yorkshire I received £500 per appraisal, a fairly standard level of remuneration across the country.
If you are considering becoming a GP appraiser, contact your local appraisal team, many of whom are looking to train new appraisers on a regular basis.