Compassionate Appraisal Training

Venue: Hertfordshire Development Centre, Robertson House, 6 Six Hills Way, Stevenage, SG1 2FQ, Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way, Harlow CM18 7BL,
Times: 12 pm

Next course dates available

  • 2nd May 2024 (09:30am - 04:30pm)
  • 22nd May 2024 (09:30am - 04:30pm)
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About the Training

Deadline extended until Monday 22nd April 2024 at 12 noon. 

In collaboration with Herts & West Essex ICB and Beds & Herts LMC. 

Compassionate appraisals are an independent, facilitated self-review to discuss, review and plan for professional development.  It is a meaningful, supportive conversation with an experienced peer, ideally external and impartial to the individual’s own organisation. Compassionate Appraisal training is for Appraisers to understand how to make appraisals a positive experience by focusing on the individual and their needs.

Compassionate Appraiser Training is for experienced nurses (qualified for 3 - 5 years, or more) and those employed under ARRS working in general practice in Hertfordshire or West Essex who want to develop their skills in appraisals and supporting others.  The training has been kindly funded by the Herts and West Essex Training Hub and delivered by Beds & Herts LMC.  Places are limited so we therefore request you demonstrate your suitability through the booking form, such as providing examples of:

  • Supervisory and/or mentoring or coaching experience

  • Effective Interpersonal Skills

  • Coaching & Facilitation Skills

  • An up-to-date awareness of revalidation processes for nurses would be an advantage.

Please note that this course is not accredited but certificates of attendance will be provided to delegates.

Dates and locations

We have planned for 3 separate dates for 'Day 1' across Hertfordshire and West Essex to make this accessible to our colleagues. 'Day 2' will take place online. You will need to commit to attending both days.

Day 1

Thursday 2nd May, 9.30 am-4.30 pm

Wednesday 22nd May, 9.30 am-4.30 pm

Hertfordshire Development Centre, Robertson House, 6 Six Hills Way, Stevenage, SG1 2FQ

Latton Bush Centre, Southern Way, Harlow CM18 7BL

Day 2

Weds 16th Oct, 1.30 – 4.00 pm or

Thurs 24th Oct, 1.30 – 4.00 pm

MS Teams

Learning Objectives

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  1. Understand what is meant by compassionate appraisals

  2. Learn some tips, tools and techniques to be an effective appraiser

  3. Practice developing skills in a supportive environment

  4. Acknowledge limits and signposting for further support

  5. Meet other appraisers in the local area and start to build a network of peer support

An opportunity to:

  1. Come together to debrief, reflect on professional practice

  2. Share experiences and discuss issues to support each other

  3. Promote models of good practice

Application form

The deadline for applications is Monday 22nd April 2024 at 12 noon. Please note that application approval will based on a first come first basis, however, some applications may require further review or discussion.

Please contact the training hub if you have any questions:

Presenter Bio

Dr Alice Baldock is a GP Partner in Hertfordshire with over 20 years’ experience. She also works part time as a Medical Director at Beds & Herts LMC. With experiences as GP Appraiser, Associate Trainer, NHS Coach, LMC Pastoral Care and Mentoring Lead, she is passionate about supporting the workforce and empowering them to sustain a fulfilling career in general practice.

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Pilot Project Feedback


"It was good to have the opportunity to meet in a different setting for an appraisal."

"I felt like I was helping and supporting."

"Well organised process, structured forms helped with questions and opened conversations.

"It was a comfortable discussion and given there was no performance management, it was a chance for reflection in a non-intimidating environment."

"It was a very open conversation and leaned towards a mentoring session. I felt able to listen and offer support where needed."



"Useful exercise that will help with revalidation too. No mention of targets to achieve, just goals to work towards."

"I felt listened to."

"It was nice to have a connection with a peer outside the practice."

"It was a positive experience."

"I felt supported and able to ask questions and explore areas I might not otherwise have done."