GPTools is as Easy as Email

I just read an excellent post by 37signal’s Jason Fried, called
‘Competing on easy.’

To quote, ” I like to make things easier for people. I love competing on easy. I find easy to be the most personally rewarding, too. It has such direct impact. When something is easier, you feel it. You’ve done it the hard way before, so when you experience the easy way you immediately know the difference. Easy feels like a cold Coke on a hot day. It’s just so satisfying. The harder it’s been – the thirstier you are – the better it tastes, too. Another thing about easy – it’s personal. “Thank you” is often a response you hear when you make something easier for someone. Easier is appreciated.”

At GPTools we are proud to say we also ‘compete on easy’ and that is what drives us. Try us and you’ll realize how easy appraisal and revalidation can be.

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Appraisals at the speed of light

We are pleased to announce that our systems upgrade is complete. We have worked hard to provide you with the best user experience: GPTools is now faster than ever, and introduces even more features to make appraisal / revalidation as easy as possible.

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Huge update is coming

GPTools users will be pleased to hear that we are in the last stages of finalising a huge update. We have been listening to the community and will be implementing many new changes to make appraisal / revalidation as easy and painless as possible for our colleagues. As always, stay tuned…

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MSF aka Colleague Feedback upgrade

Seeing that the GMC Colleague Feedback form has been finalised….
Almost instantly we upgraded the inbuilt multi source feedback system:

  • Enter the email addresses of your colleagues in GPTools (under integrated feedback)
  • Colleagues are emailed a link where they can fill in the GMC form for you
  • Results are anonymised – there is no way of knowing who said what
  • Once you have more than two respondents you can view the ‘collated’ results
  • Download the results in PDF format or add them directly to your GPTools appraisal

Oh yes, did I mention how much it costs? Zero – it is an integral part of GPTools

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Bookmarklet feature updated

The hugely popular GPTools Diary bookmarklet feature has been upgraded.
After installing the bookmarklet, whenever you are on a web page that you think will contribute to your learning and development, simply click on the GPTools diary bookmark to save the page into your GPTools database. You will have an option to anonymously share the page with other GPTools users, if you think it has valid learning points. Once saved in GPTools you can then add learning notes as well as the time you have spent on the topic. This will contribute to your CPD learning hours. You can then add the article to your appraisal, and the details of the article along with your learning notes will be accessible by your Appraiser. In this way you can build up a lifelong record of all your internet based reading and learning in one place.
This is just one of the many ways GPTools can help you prepare for your appraisal and revalidation.

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Revalidation forms are now live

The new revalidation forms are now online
We have worked hard to ensure that the whole process of revalidation has been laid out in an easy to understand way. There might be a few gremlins in the forms, so if you encounter any, please let us know. Still have a TO-DO list though, which we’ll be publishing on the main page.

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Revalidation update is on its way

First a warning: The following post might cause you insomnia depending on your affiliation
What if I told you that revalidation is actually easier than the appraisals we’ve had to endure?
This bloke must be joking I hear you say!
Well, Dear Colleagues (sound familiar?) it is.
Now how can that be possible?
Because revalidation will be evidence based, and much less of the subjective story writing and telling.
Plus guess what? GPTools will be there to make it as easy as pie.
When you finally get to see the new appraisal/revalidation forms that we’ve been working on
everything will be ‘clear’.
As always stay tuned…………

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Major usability upgrade taking shape

I am a sucker for exceptional usability,
and am dismayed at what us GPs have to put up with when
it comes to the computer systems we use. I’m not going to
name anything here, but we all know who and what I am 
talking about. For example: In the year 2012, why are 
we being forced to fill in tick boxes, type in small text areas,
wade through layers of menus, and press the ‘SAVE’ button at every
10 minute interval or risk losing our data? 
Unfortunately, it comes down to the question of whether public funding
hampers innovation and development?
I’ll ask you a question, name one successful internet company that was
funded by the government? Answers on a nano sized postcard please.

I’ve got an idea in my head and you all are going to love it – stay tuned!

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Getting ready for revalidation

We have some very cool improvements waiting in the pipeline:

  • You’ll be able to upload all your previous appraisals to GPTools
  • Your appraiser and RO (responsible officer) will have access to all your previous appraisals
  • You’ll be alble to annotate last year’s PDP as you complete your tasks
  • A roadmap for revalidation and GPTools v3.0 built on new technology


Stay tuned, its going to be an interesting few months

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