The CUH appraisal and development review cycle was paused in March 2020 due to Covid-19 and last year’s appraisal cycle was conducted using a more conversational form of reflective conversation, with an emphasis of being supportive and constructive. It focused more on staff wellbeing, staff experience and development, with an opportunity to include learning and reflections from the Covid-19 period.

We have incorporated feedback received from the changes made last year and going forward, the appraisal review in 2021 will continue to incorporate a focus on health and wellbeing. It will also include:

  • A chance for reflection on their experience during the last year
  • An opportunity for joint feedback to discuss with their line manager what support they need now, in the short term, as well as what might be needed in the year ahead
  • Discussion about key priorities of the job role and support for development/training as appropriate for the individual, for the year ahead

The appraisal cycle for 2021 can commence from Tuesday 01 June 2021 and closes on Friday 15 October 2021.  Guidance is provided below on completion dates for different staff groups.  This does not prevent appraisal conversations commencing at any time from June 2021 onwards.

Staff group appraisal conversation deadlines 2021

Executive directors, divisional directors and corporate directors – Wednesday 30 June

Managers and employees bands 7 to 9 – Saturday 31 July

Clinical directors, specialty leads and consultants** – Thursday 30 September

All other staff groups in bands 2 to 6 – Friday 15 October


** Medical appraisal to be undertaken in line with guidance issued by the medical directors office.  Information on the medical appraisal cycle is available on Connect.

The appraisal documentation and guidance will be made available on DOT and the staff portal during the week commencing Monday 24 May 202