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Specialty Advice

The Academy Specialty Guidance Group has developed a number of resources through consultation with Colleges and Faculties.  These resources support doctors, appraisers and responsible officers in the specialty-specific aspects of appraisal and revalidation in such a way that is consistent across the specialties. Also detailed are other resources which have been designed to support colleges and faculties in the provision of specialty advice to their members, fellows and others involved in the appraisal and revalidation process.

Specialty Guidance for Appraisal and Revalidation 

College and Faculties updated their specialty guidance in July 2014.

The Supporting Information Guidance for each specialty can be accessed here.  

Revalidation Helpdesks

The Academy recognised that doctors, appraisers and responsible officers would need an easily identifiable single pathway to access specialty advice. Colleges and Faculties have developed a common approach to achieve consistency in how specialist advice is provided across the medical profession. It was agreed that College and Faculty help-desks would be the first port of call for enquiries from doctors, appraisers and responsible officers.

College and faculty helpdesks provide members, fellows and others involved in the appraisal and revalidation process with advice on specialty-specific matters.  The contact details for each college and faculty helpdesk can be accessed here.

Specialty Advisers

The purpose of the specialty adviser role is to provide a consistent mechanism by which doctors, appraisers and responsible officers can access specialty-specific advice from colleges and faculties.  All colleges and faculties have specialty advisers, who are trained and calibrated to a suitable standard so that they are effective in their role.

In addition to generic training through the Academy, all advisers have received specialty-specific training through their relevant college or faculty. 

The Specialty Guidance Group Phase 3 Report

During 2013, the Academy’s Specialty Guidance Group consulted with doctors, appraisers and responsible officers on their experience of appraisal and revalidation and the types of support available. As a result of the feedback received, the Group have been able to make recommendations to improve that support and have also identified key areas for further development of the revalidation process over the next few years.

The results and recommendations are set out in their Phase 3 report which can be accessed here:

icon The Specialty Guidance Group Phase 3 Report 

Appraisal for Revalidation - a Guide to the Process

The Specialty Guidance Group has also published an Appraisal Guide which emphasises that appraisal should be a formative and development process, not a ‘box ticking’ exercise. The guidance will be helpful to doctors preparing for their appraisal so that they know what to expect from their appraiser. It also provides guidance to appraisers on key elements that may have particular relevance in different specialist areas.

The guidance can be accessed here:

icon Appraisal for Revalidation - a Guide to the Process