Appraisal rates for hospital doctors still need to improve, finds a report by the NHS Revalidation Support Team (RST).
The annual self-assessment found that appraisal rates for consultants and staff grade and associate specialist doctors in the acute hospital sector remains significantly behind their colleagues working in primary care and mental health.
Only three quarters (75.1%) of consultants and less than two thirds (60.7%) of staff grade and associate specialist doctors in the acute hospital sector had an appraisal in the year ending 31 March 2013 compared with 84.3% and 80.7% respectively in mental health and 90.3% of GPs.
Less than a third (32.9%) of doctors in temporary roles in hospital trusts had appraisals and the RST recommend action plans should also address how these doctors will be included in organisational appraisal systems
However the majority of doctors are now linked to organisations able to support their revalidation. The assessment found that the majority (95.1%) of doctors, up from 82.1% last year, were linked to organisations that were ready for revalidation.
This is the third time the annual self-assessment has been conducted, using a tool known as ORSA (Organisational Readiness Self-Assessment) that was designed to help organisations that employ or contract with doctors determine their readiness for revalidation. This year, 621 bodies completed the ORSA, providing a 96.7% response rate.
Overall, substantial progress was made during 2012-13, with improvements in all measured key indicators, concludes the RST.
Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said: “So far, so good, but revalidation is an ongoing relationship and doctors and employers will keep working at it. It needs ongoing commitment to fill gaps in appraisal rates and medical directors that are determined to ensure all doctors are appraised.”
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