The RCGP recommends that your portfolio of supporting information should include all the core elements required by the GMC in a format that is professionally presented, typed so that it is legible, and capable of being transmitted electronically.
NHS England clearly says that, while they require appraisals to be submitted electronically and not on paper, the individual GP should have a choice about which toolkit to use (medical-appraisal-policy-0415, page 15).
The following is a communication from the Londonwide LMCs to all London based GPs regarding freedom of appraisal toolkit choice (27 January 2016 – emphasis added).
As you will know, NHSE funding for the use of the Clarity appraisal toolkit has ceased. Although many of you will pay for and continue to use Clarity, we have been asked to remind you that, should you wish, there are alternative toolkits as well as the free downloadable MAG form.
There is no requirement in the regulations to use any particular vehicle for your appraisal, although it may remain convenient to you to use a toolkit with which you, your appraiser and the responsible officers are familiar.
We recommend that GPs intending to use an alternative inform their appraisers well before their next appraisal date, and check with any alternative supplier the mechanism for transferring previous appraisal data from Clarity.
Dr Michelle Drage FRCGP
With the recent changes in NHS funding for appraisal toolkits. It is now the respoonsibility of the individual doctor to pay for thier online appraisal and revalidation toolkit.
Common sense dictates that as doctors are going to be paying for their toolkit they should be able to choose whichever appraisal vehicle / toolkit they like – as long as it fulfils all the requirements.
This very helpful NHS guidance:
NHS England guidance on appraisal toolkit choice
clearly states :
‘Whichever vehicle you decide to use, you will be responsible for ensuring that your appraiser has access to your system and understands its functionality. You must also ensure that your appraisal information complies with the Medical Appraisal Guide and is available in a format that permits it to be uploaded to the RMS. In terms of this latter point, if your appraisal can be downloaded as a pdf or Word document, this will be acceptable.’
So you are free to use whatever appraisal toolkit you like. With a range of innovative features we feel that GP Tools should be your first choice. Our ‘easy as email’ approach and ability to fulfil all NHS England requirements make us the ‘go to’ vehicle for medical appraisals.
From the 1st of January 2016 through to the end of the year, if you are coming over from the _____ toolkit then we will give you a year’s GP Tools subscription completely free when you join.
All you have to do is email our support team with any documentation from the _____ toolkit showing that they are demanding £££ from you.
Unfortunately, you will have to use your imagination to figure out what we mean by the _____ toolkit; their solicitors have warned us not to mention the _____ toolkit in any way or we will be taken to court.
Next time: ‘How to import your data from the _____ toolkit!’.
Happy joining GP Tools
As you are all aware by now, London NHS regions will no longer be funding any apprasial and revalidation toolkits from April 2016.
To celebrate this decision, we are going to offer 1 year complimentary subscriptions to a randomly selected group of 100 London GPs.
Remember that we do not take any payment details from you upon signing up.
Our rates are £39.99 per year and we also include a patient survey report in that price. So a potential saving of £50 on top of our reduced prices.
Give us a try, you never know you might be the lucky recipient of a free subscription.
Happy joining GP Tools !
GP Tools is ISO 27001 certified.
What is ISO 27001?
ISO 27001 is the international standard for Information Security. The standard is awarded to organisations that have proved they have an effective information security management system (ISMS) in place to deal with their own and others sensitive information.
An ISMS is a “systematic approach to managing confidential or sensitive corporate information so that it remains secure.” Organisations such as ours, that deal with large volumes of data – need to have to a system in place that guarantees we can ensure your information is kept secure at all times. Having gained the ISO 27001 standard means that our ISMS has been assessed against a rigorous set of requirements, and is fully capable of ensuring the safety of your information.
Why have we been certified?
As technology advances, and more of us do business through the web, the cloud and other digital arenas, information security becomes more and more important. You, the user are the most important thing to us, so we wanted to ensure not only that our ISMS was operating to the highest standards, but that we were accredited to offer you peace of mind that you can trust us to keep your information safe.
What does it mean for you?
Gaining the ISO 27001 is proof that we are serious about information security and devoted to ensuring that any information you trust us with is always kept safe and secure, and will not be accessible by anyone else. We hope this provides you with peace of mind that we are vigilant, tenacious and determined in the protection of your data.
Complete and send appraisal feedback
After some great feedback by users we have now enabled appraisal feedback for everyone.
After you have completed your appraisal disucssion documentation you may complete and send feedback directly to your appraisal team.
Again, keeping in line with our mottto ‘as easy as email’ it only takes a few minutes to complete the feedback and helps the appraisal team understand and imporve the process.
We are proud to announce the release of our new android app, you can download it from the google play store by following this link or by searching for ‘GP Tools’ in the play store.
Please let us know how you get on, and what kind of improvements you would like to see. Your feedback is always valued.
Happy new year
First of all a big happy new year to all our users. You have truly contributed with your suggestions and feedback to make GP Tools an incredible way to record appraisal information.
Congratulations to the thousands who have been revalidated using GP Tools in 2013.
We are also looking forward to welcoming Nurses to our sister site in 2014. The amount of requests we have had from the nursing community is simply phenomenal and we are working hard to design an ‘easy as email’ appraisal and revalidation system for them to use.
Stay tuned as we have a number of new partnerships and unique ideas we are sure you will love.
May you have a happy and prosperous new year 🙂
iPhone App now available
We are proud to announce that our new iPhone application is available to download on the iTunes store. We have taken great care to ensure that it fulfils our criteria of being as easy to use as email. Please let us know what you think of it.