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Appraisal could provide information for revalidationPhysican assisted suicide: consensus reached on key issuesMany NHS changes have been coordinated by consultantsHImPs should be local authority based

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 01 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:946
  1. Linda Beecham, Medicopolitical digest is prepared

    Appraisal could provide information for revalidation

    The Central Consultants and Specialists Committee has approved a draft document on appraisal, which will be the basis for discussion with the Department of Health. The committee believes that the process should remain confidential unless concerns about patient safety arise.

    The draft sets out the elements which the committee believes an appraisal system for consultants should contain. For example, appraisal should include an evidence based discussion of clinical performance, a confirmation that the doctor has tried to maintain successful professional relationships, and the outcome of investigated complaints.

    There should be confirmation of participation in continuing professional development, clinical governance activities, and training in emergency treatment if appropriate. There should be a discussion of professional development and a review of the doctor's job plan.

    The CCSC believes that appraisal should be an annual process, although not all issues need to be covered in depth each year. Everyone who acts as an appraiser must receive appropriate training and be on the register. The most appropriate person will be the consultant's clinical director or lead consultant or equivalent.

    Physican assisted suicide: consensus reached on key issues

    At its consensus conference …

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