Advanced Critical Care Practitioners- CPD and Appraisal Pathway

 November 11

by Jonathan Downham

Advanced Critical Care Practitioners- CPD and Appraisal PathwayAdvanced Critical Care Practitioners- CPD and Appraisal Pathway- This is an important piece of work by the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) and I have summarised some of the key points below for reference. This will ensure that the practitioner keeps up to date, provides evidence for their employer and allows a standardisation of practice when moving between jobs. We are all then singing from the same hymn sheet I hope.

The document has copies of all the paperwork needed to complete the full 3 yearly appraisal, and I suggest that it is something that should be worked on consistently rather than at the end of each 3 year cycle.

Advanced Critical Care Practitioners- CPD and Appraisal Pathway.

Nursing and Medical Appraiser

“It is envisaged that in order to adequately represent both the nursing and medical aspects of the ACCP appraisal process, the appraisal meeting itself should be a tripartite discussion, between the ACCP and two appraisers. The first appraiser should be an NMC approved member of nursing staff (usually the line-manager) and the second appraiser should be the local ACCP Clinical Lead or deputy.”

Continuous Professional Development

“Personal learning and CPD should be organised and undertaken as part of your personal development. It is an essential part of an ACCP’s career. CPD should be linked to the domains and attributes of the NMC Revalidation Code and the Good Medical Practice Framework. For ACCPs registered with the Health Care Professional Council [HCPC] the requirements of the CPD and Registration HCPC document will be met by this document.”

“In order to fulfil the agreed requirements of FICM ACCP AG ACCPs should be undertaking 100 hours of CPD, 50 hours of which need to be participatory, within each 3 year Revalidation Cycle.”

Reflective Accounts

“Within each 3 year revalidation cycle, you must record at least 5 pieces of formal written reflection that explain how this CPD and/or Quality Improvement activity demonstrates that you are meeting the needs of the NMC Revalidation Process, HCPC CPD guide and Good Medical Practice”

Quality Improvement

“Within this section you must demonstrate that you regularly participate in activities that review and evaluate the quality of your work, both as an individual or as part of the Critical Care Team”

“Quality improvement activities for an ACCP can take many forms and examples include;

 Clinical audit – evidence of effective participation in clinical audit or an equivalent quality improvement exercise

 Improvement project using plan, do, study, act cycles QI methodology

 Review of clinical outcomes – where robust, attributable and validated data are available. This could include morbidity and mortality statistics and meetings or Clinical review meetings you should seek to present and discuss

 Performance data and complication rates where these are routinely recorded for local or national reports. Critical Care has in place several robust and validated quality measures that include ICNARC, SICSAG, and SCTS Blue Book Data etc. You should submit any such data that is applicable to your Critical care Unit.

 Case review or discussion – a documented account of interesting or challenging cases that an ACCP has discussed with a peer, another specialist or within a multidisciplinary team.”

There are also some more examples in this category.

Non Medical Prescribing

“As ACCP non-medical prescribers your appraisal / PDP process must involve a review of your prescribing activity.”

Practice Related Feedback

“It is a formal requirement of NMC Revalidation process that you must obtain at least five pieces of practice-related feedback over the three years prior to the renewal of your registration. This would be considered good practice for AHP ACCPs. At least two of these pieces must be of Multi Source Feedback variety, one of which should be sourced from patients/ relatives and one from professional colleagues”

Multi Source Patient and Colleague Feedback

“Feedback from colleagues and patients will usually be collected using standard MSF questionnaires that comply with NMC/HCPC/ GMC guidance and it is expected that any questionnaire will be administered independently of the ACCP and the appraiser.”

“We recommend a minimum of 15 complete responses for each colleague MSF undertaken and up to 10 complete responses for patient or relative feedback every 3 years in order to meet revalidation requirements.”

Feedback: review of compliments and complaints

“Feedback is often provided by patients and others by way of complaints and compliments which should also be reviewed as part of the appraisal process.

Complaints should be seen as another type of feedback, allowing ACCPs and organisations to review and further develop their practice and to make patient-centred improvements.

Complaints may potentially act as an indicator of performance and the way in which you use your professional and clinical skills. Complaints can thus be utilised in order to highlight areas for further learning, which should then be included in your personal development plan”

Appraisal Requirements

Scope of work – completed

Health Questionnaire

Attendance review

Yearly : evidence of completion of mandatory training

Review of learning objectives from the previous appraisal period with evidence of how these have been met.

Five piece of reflective accounts per three year period. It is expected each yearly appraisal will include at least one piece of reflective writing to effectively meet this requirement.

Quality Improvement activity as agreed with your appraiser

Personal good character and probity review

MSF Achievement ,challenges and aspirations

PDP objectives for the next appraisal period

Professional indemnity check

Significant event discussion

Practice feedback

 Colleague: we recommend a minimum of 15 complete responses for each colleague MSF each year

 Patient and relative: a minimum of 15 complete responses for patient or relative feedback every three years.

 Feedback – review of compliments / complaints.

Portfolio Review


All Workplace based assessments undertaken

Current job plan

CPD undertaken

Teaching undertaken

Audit undertaken

Research undertaken

Courses attended & certificates

Personal development plan for the next year

Summary of appraisal discussion

share this

Related Posts

CCP Podcast: AI with Aarti Sarwal

Why do we use vasopressin?

CCP Podcast: So you want to be an ACCP?