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Nurses to be appraised by colleagues

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Nurses at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are taking part in a pilot scheme to offer 360 degree appraisals.

A company which specialises in medical appraisals, 360 Clinical, already offer the service to doctors and are hoping the new scheme for nurses and midwives will be a success.

The IT-based appraisal system provides staff the opportunity to rate themselves and also their workmates on key elements of their job. By allowing comments from a range of colleagues the appraisal will be more accurate and will increase self- awareness, the company said.

Colette Laws-Chapman, the trust’s head of nursing and midwifery education, said: ‘Nurses and midwives are busy people and it’s important that any appraisal system in a hospital is flexible to meet the demands on their time.

‘We are all looking forward to this pilot which will see senior nurses and midwives appraised during 2008,’ she added.

Simon Monkman, commercial director of 360 Clinical, said: ‘It is important that nurses and midwives get the credit they so richly deserve for doing a demanding job so well. The reports our system produce will provide clear evidence of their high standards.’

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