Chaired by Dr Ian Starke
The Academy Specialty Guidance Group (SGG) was set up in 2009 as a working group of the wider Academy Revalidation Steering Group.
The SGG's purpose is to design consistent, robust and effective mechanisms of advice provision, and develop guidance which addresses the specialty-specific aspects of appraisal and revalidation whilst sharing a common format across the specialties.
The SGG has produced a series of key outputs which can be accessed on the Academy’s Specialty Advice page.
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Physicians London
- Royal College Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow
- Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh
The SGG is in the initial stages of reviewing the effectiveness of the Specialty Guidance documents. This will be assessed through a series of surveys for doctors (as appraisees), appraisers and responsible officers. The surveys, which are currently being designed, will also look at the types of information and support that are being used for appraisal and revalidation.
The SGG is also:
- Developing guidance on the specialty-specific aspects of appraisal, which will complement existing generic appraisal guidance. It will set out the areas where the appraiser needs to give particular consideration to specialist elements of the supporting information
- Coordinating the collection of revalidation enquiry data from the helpdesks and analysing this data to identify any recurrent themes
- Developing a quality assurance framework to enable medical Royal Colleges and Faculties to quality assure their specialty advice provision.