The General Medical Council (GMC) provides guidelines on professional development and appraisal processes for doctors in the United Kingdom. According to the GMC guidelines, it is essential to reflect on feedback from colleagues and patients (or those you provide medical services to) at least once in every revalidation cycle. This process of reflection can help identify areas of strength and areas that need improvement in your practice. DrMSF offers a template for reflection that can assist with this process.
It is important to note that all feedback, both positive and critical, is valuable if it helps you to reflect on your practice. DrMSF's multi-source 360 degree feedback tool can help doctors collect feedback from colleagues and patients, which can then be used as a part of the appraisal process. However, it is important to remember that this feedback should not be used in isolation when making judgments.
The GMC states that appraisals should take into account all of the information you gather about your practice. This includes feedback from colleagues, patients, and any other relevant sources. By using the feedback collected through DrMSF's 360-degree feedback tool, doctors can gain a comprehensive view of their practice and identify areas for improvement.
In summary, DrMSF's tools and resources are designed to assist doctors in complying with the GMC guidelines by providing a simple and effective way to reflect on feedback and identify areas for improvement. By gathering feedback from multiple sources, doctors can gain a better understanding of their performance and ensure the delivery of high-quality healthcare services.
Data collection for the colleague survey should be managed by an independent survey organisation. Doctors provide the survey organisation with a list of their nominated colleagues, and their e-mail or postal addresses.
At the beginning of the survey process, doctors might like to nominate a ‘supporting medical colleague’ with whom they can informally discuss their report shortly after its receipt.
Appraisal is a supportive and developmental forum, giving you the opportunity to reflect on your professional practice over the past year. Reflecting on both positive and critical experiences and being supported to reflect, is important for your wellbeing and development. Reflecting on your supporting information and what it says about your practice will help you improve the quality of care you give your patients and the services you provide as a doctor. You will not meet our requirements by simply collecting the required information.