2 minute guide to annual AAME appraisal

General advice

To qualify for the Suitable Person service you should confirm that your professional activity is mainly Aviation related and that there is no identifiable Designated Body (such as NHSE or the Faculty of Occupational Medicine).  In other words, you cannot get an appraisal review elsewhere

  • Use an approved electronic format. (As on this website)
  • Describe and evidence reflection, learning and changes
  • Please select/contact your appraiser. Send your appraisal portfolio 3 weeks (minimum 2) before the appraisal
  • Your appraiser is interested in what you think and how you intend to develop

Specific requirements – for Pandemic ‘concessions’ talk to your Appraiser

  • Commentary on learning outcomes from last year’s Personal Development Plan (PDP)
  • 20 credits of CPD (use CAA Learning Pool). 1 credit = 1 hour demonstrated by a note of lessons learned. Certificates not needed
  • Quality improvement activity. e. g. Audit, Incident, Case Review or a narrative of improvements 
  • Formal or validated Colleague and Client Feedback. Please reflect on learning from complaints, compliments, criticisms or suggestions (Once in each 5-year revalidation cycle)
  • Declare any Complaints or that there are none
  • Ideas for 3 PDP objectives
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Update: ATCO Refresher Training

We have had several enquiries regarding acceptable ATCO refresher training for retaining privileges relating to EU Class 3 medicals. The CAA have given the following guidance:

“Due to the implementation of the ATCO Regulations in December 2016 privileges relating to Class 3 medicals will only be revalidated if we have evidence that you have completed refresher training relating to the ATCO environment.

Please can you confirm within the last 3 years if you have completed training relating to ATCOs?

If you have not completed any ATCO refresher training within the last 3 years please contact an ATC facility and plan a visit day to see ATCOs in action, once you have completed this please provide the location, dates and times.”

NATS is unable to provide AME visit days, due to the large number of AMEs who would like to attend. The onus remains with the individual AME to arrange a visit to a local ATC facility.

If you attended the Friday evening session at the AAME Scientific Conference on 16th March 2018 (Dealing with the difficult pilot and ATCO), your attendance certificate will include ATCO specific CPD.