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
The Academy’s Supporting Information for Appraisal and Revalidation: Core Guidance Framework expands upon the guidance contained in the General Medical Council (GMC) document, Supporting Information for Appraisal and Revalidation.
Each College and Faculty has developed the framework to include information that is specific to their own specialty. Specialty guidance should be read in conjunction with generic revalidation guidance provided by the GMC, the NHS Revalidation Support Team and other organisations, including those in the devolved countries.
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 helpdesks would be the first port of call for enquiries from doctors, appraisers and responsible officers. Read the provision of specialty advice guidance.
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.
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 now recruited specialty advisers, who are trained and calibrated to a suitable standard so that they are effective in their role.
The Academy’s Specialty Guidance Group gave careful consideration to the scope and content of adviser training following consultation with college and faculty revalidation leads. Its findings were used as a basis to develop an Academy training programme for all specialty advisers. 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 will consider, on the basis of a study later in 2013, whether further training is required for advisers.
Further resources will be added to this page in due course, including guidance for appraisers on the specialty-specific aspects of appraisal.