This section includes information about appraisals, the impact of learning styles/personality on appraisals, resources available and how an appraisal could be done.

Remember:  an appraisal is an annual review of where you are at now and where you really want to get to next.

Appraisal is separate from performance review and summative assessments.  These are about what the organisation wants for you rather than what you really want for yourself. Your own goals can often be lost when an organisation sets up appraisal. People work best when their own goals are addressed first .

Mentorship usually involves more than one session over a year so allows more time to develop ideas and look at different approaches to problems being faced. It sits alongside the annual review and planning of an appraisal.

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The Formative Impact of GP Appraisals: a post-appraisal questionnaire survey Zolle.O,.Rickenbach.M, Scallan.S, Gorrod.E..Education for Primary Care 2010. Outlines the impact of appraisal in England as introduces to all general practitioners in 2005

Appraisal in post and NHS appraisal: functions and terminology Ball K , Rickenbach M , Scallan S, Goodman J, Smith F. 2007; Education for Primary Care 18:665-776. Outlines the principle of a review (appraisal) at the start, middle and end of each post.