AAME Appraisal Service
This service went live in 2010, after training of a group of potential appraisers in 2008. It was born out of a need to provide Annual Appraisals for AME doctors who were no longer working as General Practitioners, Occupational Health Medical Practitioners, etc. and, therefore, no longer had access to a GMC-approved Annual Appraisal system.
However, it should be noted that this service will provide for those doctors who are working only as Aero-Medical Examiners with closely related work which can include Airport Firefighter Medicals and their related LGV Medicals. Specific AME work (pilots, ATCOs & Cabin Crew) must form the major bulk of their activities.
If any other medical activity is performed, including drug prescribing of any type, the practitioner must seek an appraisal from another provider.
Current AME Appraisers (February 2021) – alphabetically
Please click on each of their names to reveal their contact details with a short CV
AME Appraisal Rules & Requirements
Any AME who wishes to use the AAME Appraisal Service must be a fully paid-up Member of AAME (currently £120 per annum, reduced during the Covid-19 crisis to £85). This includes SAAME members who must join AAME. This can be all done on the AAME Website. Also, they must be registered to use the services of the GMC Suitable Person (SP) with the annual fee of £150. Our SP is now Dr Mushkoor Sheikh.
Once an arrangement for Appraisal has been made directly with a specific Appraiser, this may be repeated by the same Appraiser for 2 further years if the Appraisee so wishes. However, except in exceptional circumstances, after 3 Annual Appraisals, a different Appraiser should be selected.
The current agreed fee for an Appraisal is £600 plus reasonable travel costs (as appropriate). This fee and travel costs are to be paid directly to the Appraiser.
While the first Appraisal with a specific Appraiser must be face-to-face, subsequent Appraisals (in the series of three) may be by Skype or Zoom, if so wished – to save both travelling time and expenses.
Update in February 2021
While the Covid-19 crisis continues, it is reasonable that a first Appraisal is not done face-to-face, as is normally required. Thus, Skype or Zoom may be used at this time. Also, during these continuing exceptional circumstances, it is reasonable that a 4th Appraisal may be performed by the same Appraiser as the previous 3 unless the Appraisee prefers otherwise.
While it is not a GMC requirement, it is considered that at least one Appraisal in the 5-year GMC Revalidation cycle, should take place at the AME’s work premises. This can lead to some very positive and helpful discussion. However, this is a voluntary arrangement and is encouraged but is not always logistically possible.
This should be made available to the Appraiser, at least 2 weeks prior to the arranged meeting. It should be using the attached Forms 1-3 with Professional Development Templates (PDTs) – both the previous year’s and one for the next year. They must only be prepared & sent digitally, not hand-written. If the Word Format is used (rather than pdf), it allows for editing & corrections by both Appraiser & Appraisee.
After the Appraisal, Form 4 will be prepared by the Appraiser, checked &, if needs be, amended by the Appraisee and then forwarded to the SP, either by the Appraiser or Appraisee by agreement.
After the Appraisal is finalised, an Appraisal Feedback Form must be completed (available from the website or the Appraiser) and forwarded directly to the current Appraiser Lead.
This form will be held in confidence unless there are any major issues.