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Training course application process

Training course application process


In Scotland, to ensure a consistency in approach and quality, it was agreed by the national steering group that NHS Education for Scotland (NES) would be the provider of appraiser training for those doctors who wish to take up the role of a medical appraiser.

NES offers two types of appraiser training:  New Appraiser for those new to the role; and Refresher Appraiser to support the continued development of the medical appraiser workforce in Scotland.

New Appraiser: application and training

Prior to applying to the New Appraiser courses, please review the Medical Appraiser Role description document at bottom of the page which highlights the duties and person specifications.

More crucially, applicants must have permission and support from the employing health board's Appraisal Lead(s).  Applications received without their support will not be processed.

Please note: NES is only responsible for the training provision.  Employment terms and contracts are negotiated between appraisers and the employing health boards.

Apply to New Appraiser courses >>

Refresher Appraiser: programme of activities

To supporting the ongoing development of the appraiser workforce in Scotland, appraisers are invited to a half-day update training session once every 3 years.  In addition to this, a number of webinars are planned throughout the year for appraisers to attend.  Topics can be suggested by the appraisers and are typically based on current themes and demands.

There are also a number of modules that has been developed for appraisers to work through at their own pace, akin to the materials used in the New Appraiser courses.

In addition, appraisers are strongly encouraged to attach any local peer group meetings organised by the health boards.

Access Refresher Appraiser programme >>

Already trained as a Medical Appraiser in the UK?

If you have already attended formal Medical Appraiser training in other parts of the UK (e.g. relocating to Scotland from England or Wales or Northern Ireland etc), or you were previously trained in Scotland and returning after an extended absence, dependant on your experience and how active you have been as an appraiser, it might be that your health board may recruit you to the role without the need to attend further training.

Liaise with your employing health board's Appraisal Lead first to ensure there is vacancy in your health board; if so, they will conduct an interview with you to determine experience and suitability and proceed from there.

Training delivery format and application process

All training courses are carried out remotely via MS Teams to ensure a safe delivery and educational experience for all.  A return to face-to-face training will be reviewed pending on latest government guidelines.

Applicants to the "New Appraiser" training will be assessed throughout two half-days and prior to this attendance, they are required to complete 7 online modules.

On completion of the course you and your Medical Director / Appraisal Lead will be informed of the training course tutors' recommendation.

The Refresher Appraiser training are not assessed and will run for half a day.  Some time will also need to be made for some prep work (reviewing videos/modules prior to attending).

Application packs

You are advised to read carefully the role description / personal specification criteria included below.

To apply for a place on any of the training courses:

  • Contact your employing health board's Appraisal Lead in the first instance to register your interest and ensure there is vacancy
    • Primary Care applicants will be formally interviewed by their Appraisal Lead
  • Once the Appraisal Lead gives their approval for your application, download the appropriate application and equal opportunity forms below
    • Completed Application and Equal Opportunity forms must be returned by email to Medical.Appraisal@nes.scot.nhs.uk with the Appraisal Leads copied in
    • If you have issues completing the Word documents please get in touch - do not send us scanned copies of the forms as we need them in Word format for importing purposes
  • When nominating your three course preferences please make sure you indicate your preference on morning or afternoon sessions to avoid delays in allocating your place (even if you don't have a preference, please pick one)

Once your place is confirmed we will add you to the setup on MS Teams.  Meantime you can access the PowerPoint modules before then.  Completion of the modules prior to attendance is critical as they form the large and small group exercises and discussions on the day(s).

Related Documents

Medical Appraiser: Role description and Personal specification

NB:  Recruitment and employment of medical appraisers is managed locally by the health boards – this document is intended as an example for boards to adapt for local use.

Date updated: 27/05/2022

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This page was last updated on: 23/05/2022