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

Kevork Hopayian, James Sherifi

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-376
Number of pages6
JournalEducation for Primary Care
Issue number6
Early online date30 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • GP appraisal
  • GP retirement
  • GP revalidation
  • GP workforce
  • survey

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