A new Medical Appraisal Guide template was launched on 8th June 2022 by NHS England and The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (published on AoMRC’s website https://www.aomrc.org.uk).
Based on the Appraisal 2020 model which was built in response to COVID-19 and allowing a flexible restart to appraisals, although this was successful, the MAG 2022 template has been released as the format to now follow going forward. It maintains the essential principles of the MAG lite with a continued focus on professional well-being and personal development, as well as the appraisal discussion itself to be the main driver of professional development
MAG 2022 will replace Appraisal 2020 (our MAG lite form), and although MAG 4.2 is no longer supported, our Appraisal and Revalidation for Doctors system will still continue to provide this via the original input form for the organisations that do not wish to make changes yet.
Whom will this affect?
Doctors who have been using the MAG lite form will be automatically switched over to the MAG 2022 as soon as their appraisal is completed and they start a new input form. In other words, if their appraisal is in progress at the time the MAG 2022 is released, they will need to complete the MAG lite appraisal first so as not to be disrupted.
Doctors who are using the original input form will not be affected unless they are assigned the MAG 2022 by administrators.
What are the changes?
Much of the MAG 2022 will remain the same as the MAG lite aside from some tweaks in wording. The supporting information area now asks for more structured commentary, and personal and professional well-being focuses on how the period since the last appraisal has impacted the doctor instead of referencing COVID-19.
All of the sections in the MAG lite were compulsory, however, the MAG 2022 will contain optional questions including the choice to comment on health and wellbeing.
When are the changes coming?
We are currently scoping the required changes and hope to have the MAG 2022 released in late summer/early autumn. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you would like further details in the meantime.