Medical appraisal guide (MAG)

The Medical Appraisal Guide describes how medical appraisal can be carried out effectively. It is designed to help doctors understand what they need to do to prepare for and participate in appraisal and to help appraisers and designated bodies ensure that appraisal is carried out consistently and to a high standard.

The Medical Appraisal Guide was tested as part of an extensive programme of testing and piloting.

The Medical Appraisal Guide should be read in conjunction with GMC guidance, which sets out generic requirements for medical practice and appraisal in three main documents:

These are supported by guidance from the medical royal colleges and faculties, which give the specialty context for the supporting information required for appraisal. You can find the Core Guidance on Supporting Information and links to specialty guidance on the Academy of Medical Royal College’s website here.

Doctors should also have regard for any guidance that the employing or contracting organisation may provide concerning local policies.