Appraisal Skills for Nurses

Training course


The NMC (Nursing and Midwifery Council) has committed to introduce a proportionate and effective model of revalidation which enhances public protection.

The Council has agreed that revalidation will require a third party (such as an employer or manager) to confirm that the nurse or midwife who is revalidating is complying with the revised Code. Couple this with the outcomes of the Francis report and the media spotlight is firmly on the nursing profession.

Healthcare organisations are more focused than ever on improving the quality of both patient care and safety; whilst demonstrating compliance with existing and future legislation. They must prioritise the effective management of appraisal, training and (in time) revalidation of nurses, midwives and healthcare professionals; ensuring that a transparent and robust appraisal process is at the top of the list.

This course will ensure that those employees involved in the process of appraising nurses are as well-equipped as possible to play a leading role in this nursing revolution.


  • An introduction to appraisal
  • How performance appraisal should work
  • The role of the appraiser
  • The role and contribution of the employee
  • Giving constructive feedback and creating a culture where honesty is important
  • Setting objectives
  • Identifying development needs
  • Advice on reflective practice discussions and confirmation
  • Making the links, clinical supervision, revalidation and appraisal
  • Recording appraisals - documentation and IT

Who should attend?

Ideal for anyone involved in the process of appraising nurses including Matrons, senior nurses, ward sisters, practice development nurses and equivalent.

Your trainer

Delivered by Alison Wells of Smart Work Consulting, Alison is a specialist in healthcare education and consultancy with more than 25 years NHS experience. Alison has a clinical background and remains a registered nurse.

  • Next course date TBC

Location: Premier IT, 3rd floor, Ergon House, Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2AL

Duration: 09.30-16.30

Refreshments: Lunch and refreshments will be provided

Cost: £195 + VAT

To book: Call 0800 785 1234, email or register above.

Onsite training

If you have a number of nurses or midwives who need appraisal training, this course can also be delivered as a closed event at a location of your choice.

The price for a closed course is £1195+VAT plus trainer expenses to your location.

The course is a full day from 09:30 to 16:30.

Maximum delegate numbers are 12 per course.

To book: Call 0800 785 1234 or email to arrange suitable dates.