Multisource Feedback for Doctors

Female doctor completing multisource feedback survey
Multisource feedback (MSF), often referred to as 360-degree feedback, is a method of assessment using questionnaires to evaluate a doctor’s professional performance based on feedback from peers, patients, and co-workers. Multisource feedback for doctors is commonly used to contribute to professional development and ongoing quality improvement initiatives in practice. Not only is feedback from colleagues and patients useful for quality improvement, but ‘it’s also a General Medical Council (GMC) requirement for the appraisal and revalidation process. The evaluation process is made up of three sections:
  • Patient feedback survey
  • Colleague feedback survey, and
  • Self-assessment questionnaire.
Together, these methods of evaluation contribute to improving professional capability and patient health care.

Patient Feedback

Patient feedback is patients’ opinion regarding their experience within the practice, focusing on patient interactions between staff and practitioners. A patient questionnaire is a method used to collect their opinions. Patients should complete the questionnaire post-consultation for best results. This data is then collated and assessed to provide suggestions on a ‘practice’s performance. Patient responses benefit the whole practice, staff and patients by offering suggestions to improve care, increasing patient satisfaction and loyalty. Additionally, patient feedback contributes to a large section of supporting information required for appraisal and revalidation. The primary purposes include:
  1. Gaining a clear understanding of how you and the service you provide as a medical or general practitioner is perceived by those you provide medical care.
  2. Assisting in highlighting current strengths and potential areas for quality improvement.
  3. Gauging whether changes previously made due to past feedback have been implemented or created an improvement.

Colleague Feedback

Colleague feedback gathers information about a practitioner from their fellow doctors about their doctor’s professional performance. Like patient feedback, colleague questionnaire responses are collected and analysed to ensure the vigorous feedback that offers a fair and helpful reflection of their practice. The purpose of collecting and reflecting on feedback from your colleagues is:
  1. To better understand how the colleagues in your practice perceive your work,
  2. To help you to identify strengths in your work and highlight potential areas for improvement in your care and service provision, and
  3. Evaluate and reflect on changes you highlighted and actioned from previous years of feedback to ensure the feedback is utilised.


A self-assessment questionnaire allows you to critique your performance against the patient and colleague feedback questionnaires’ items. Taking part in regular self-assessments to analyse clinical performance is a beneficial professional development exercise providing improvements in knowledge, communication and performance. A self-assessment aims to:
  1. Encourage thought into ‘one’s personal performance
  2. Highlight reactions to self-assessment
  3. Assess the feedback process, and
  4. Recognise reasons for inconsistencies or differences between self-assessment results and patient and colleague feedback.

Collecting the data

Collecting data for revalidation is an ongoing process but can be made easy with readily available feedback tools to help manage the data collection and analysis. CFEP Surveys offer three multisource feedback options that meet the requirements outlined by the GMC: All MSF options available at CFEP Surveys include patient feedback, colleague feedback, and a self-assessment.

CFEP360 Patient and Colleague Survey

CFEP360 is our most comprehensive multisource feedback option, designed as a formative tool for professional development and improvement. CFEP manages CFEP360 to simplify the process, reducing administrative burden, ensuring reliability and validity in the data. Unlike other multisource feedback options, CFEP360 provides a thorough and rigorous analysis and an in-depth feedback report, including extensive benchmarking data. An annotatable reflection tool is also included to complement and encourage self-reflection and further personal and professional development. Need help choosing an MSF option? Chat to our team to discuss the best package for you and your practice.