Be an Appraiser

Interested in becoming an Appraiser?

Medical Appraisers in Scotland

The Medical Appraisal Scheme in Scotland offers doctors formative, systematic and regular review with a peer.  It also supports doctors in preparing for revalidation, allowing a positive demonstration of fitness to practise.

Join an enthusiastic group of appraisers throughout Scotland who meet for development both locally and nationally.  The scheme has been well received by both Primary and Secondary Care colleagues in Scotland.

To apply:

  • You must be a doctor and have the clinical experience to give you credibility with colleagues;
  • You must be willing to commit around 0.25 - 0.5 SPA per week (Secondary Care) or 1 session per week (Primary Care) to this role; and
  • Have authorisation/permission from the employing health board's Appraisal Lead(s)

By far the most important skills you will possess will be a positive attitude to the principles of peer appraisal and the credibility and interpersonal skills to engage your colleagues in this process.

The Application form and the Equal Opportunities form are available to download from the link below.  Please select the relevant course type; New Appraiser or Refresher Appraiser training.

You must have your Appraisal Lead's approval prior to applying.

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.

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 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).

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Primary Care (GP), or Secondary Care?

(You are advised to read carefully the role description / personal specification criteria included in the downloads.)


This page was last updated on: 28/04/2021