ST3 Appraisal

Below are a number of common questions regarding appraisal for ST3’s.

When should I complete my GP ST3 appraisal?
You must complete your GP ST3 appraisal before the end of your ST3 Year. You should complete your appraisal after successful progression through an Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) panel and before receiving your Certification of Completion of Training (CCT)
When should I complete my next appraisal with NIMDTA?
You are required to complete your next appraisal within 12 calendar months of the completion of your GPST3 appraisal. Therefore for the majority of trainees who have completed their appraisal in August 2015, this will mean completing your appraisal before the 31st August 2016. You will be able to book your appraisal from January 2016.

Once you finish training and are fully registered on the performers list; your responsible officer will change to Dr Margaret O’Brien and your designated body DHSSPS. You can access these details using GMC Online.

Who can complete my GP ST3 appraisal?
Your trainer should complete your appraisal with you, or alternatively another partner within your training practice, who is an appraiser.
What documentation must I complete prior to my appraisal?
Before your appraisal you should have completed Forms 1-3. You should forward these to your trainer a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the appraisal discussion. ALL FORMS MUST BE TYPED – HANDWRITTEN FORMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

  • Form 1 – Detailing your basic details
  • Form 2 – Current medical activities
  • Form 3 – Material for appraisal

Click on the following link to access Forms 1 to 6 – Appraisal Forms

Please also print off the following probity and health declaration forms. Sign these during your appraisal

The following link is Advice on Completing Your Form 3. You should consider the areas of Good Medical Practice.

What documents need to be returned to NIMDTA following appraisal discussion?
The following completed documents should be returned to NIMDTA. Please email them to You will then receive an appraisal certificate by email.

  • Form 3 (written by trainee)
  • Form 4 (written by trainer and agreed by trainee)
  • Form 4 Sign off (signed and dated by both trainee and trainer)
  • PDP (written and agreed jointly by both trainee and trainer)
  • Form 6 (signed and dated by both trainee and trainer)
How does appraisal differ from your final educational supervisors report?
GP appraisal is different from the educational supervisors report. The educational supervisors report focuses on the educational opportunities during your specialty training. GP appraisal, on the other hand, focuses on the development of your skills as a GP. There will be an educational element and parts of your eportfolio will be relevant to it but it is much more focused on the service delivery.
What about revalidation?
Revalidation applies to all doctors, including those in training, from Foundation Year 2 upwards.  If you are a trainee in the Northern Ireland Deanery, the Postgraduate Dean is your Responsible Officer (RO) and the Northern Ireland Deanery is your Designated Body.  As a doctor your RO will make a recommendation to the GMC that you are up to date, fit to practise and should be revalidated.

At present, trainees revalidate at the point of eligibility for CCT and, if their GMC revalidation date does not align to this, revalidation has been deferred to CCT.

From April 2016, for trainees with a CCT date later than March 2018 or without a CCT date, the first revalidation recommendation will no longer automatically be linked with their CCT date.

This will occur 5 years after gaining full registration with a licence to practice.  A further revalidation recommendation will take place at the point of eligibility for CCT.  For trainees who complete the GP training programme, without interruption, first revalidation will take place at point of CCT as this is sooner than 5 years from obtaining full registration.

Some useful links for after your training

If you have any queries regarding your appraisal please contact the GP appraisal team on

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