In January 2020 we hosted our first ever Advisory Board with a group of our healthcare candidates to find out how we could be better supporting them on their career journeys. In April 2021 we held the first of our follow up events, to ensure we are continuing to do all that we can to offer the best tailored support for our candidates. A number of ideas and discussions were raised in these meetings including training, discounts and more, which we have started working on.

CPD Accreditation

CPD accreditation

After receiving feedback our candidates would be interested in attending CPD accredited training provided by us, we looked to become CPD accredited ourselves. We are now pleased to announce that we have been approved as an official member of CPDUK and are able to run CPD accredited courses. Our most recent Advisory Board was worth up to 3 CPD points for every attendee, and we’re currently in the process of starting to plan more training where CPD points are available.



We have partnered with financial specialists Wesleyan to deliver free, CPD accredited webinars, presented by their knowledgeable financial consultants. Since December 2020 we have covered topics including mortgages, pensions, IR35, investments & more. Hosted live on a weekday evening, they are informative and engaging with Q&A sections and are recorded to ensure you can rewatch, or watch at a better time to suit you if you can’t attend live. See what’s coming up next and register to attend here.

Healthcare Workers Foundation Charity

Healthcare Workers Foundation

We’ve partnered with The Healthcare Workers’ Foundation; a charity committed to protecting the welfare and wellbeing of healthcare workers across the UK. HWF have launched an online platform, Healthchain, enabling access to a growing number of free initiatives, including childcare support grants, counselling sessions & wellbeing room support. Members can also claim a free Ally face cover on sign up! Use your NHS email* to join Healthchain today. *If you don’t have an NHS email, please contact Athona.

Edgecumbe 360 Discount

Edgecumbe 360 Discount

We know obtaining 360 degree feedback can be a challenging process for doctors, so we felt Edgecumbe’s Doctor 360 was a great product to offer a discount on. We’ve partnered to offer reduced rates on all their colleague and patient feedback packages, which include use of a new user-friendly system with remote patient feedback functionality. Doctors can obtain feedback via iPad, or can ask a team member to send the patient a link after their consultation. This new technology solution overcomes the issue of paper based feedback, and is a much smoother and quicker process. Find the discount code here.

Oxford Medical Discount

Oxford Medical Discount

Our partnership with Oxford Medical offers you an exclusive 10% discount on all of their courses and books. They run in person and virtual and online courses, with lots of course options to choose from including consultant interview preparation, advanced communication skills, medical leadership, management and much more. They also offer a vast range of books which provide in-depth information on the same range of career-development topics as their courses, which you can also get 10% off of. Find out more about the courses and books on offer and get this month’s code here.

Accessing legal support

We know on occasion as a healthcare professional you may need to access legal advice. Below we have listed a few organisations who provide a range of legal support and services:

BMA – represents on behalf of UK doctors and medical students

MDU – can guide you through the medico-legal aspects of CQC compliance

MDDUS – provides guidance and specialist representation in all aspects pf professional practice

Support, protection and guidance

There is a host of tailored support and individual guidance available for you as a candidate with Athona to help you through your appraisal and revalidation processes and much more. We have our own dedicated Responsible Officer, Fahed Youssef who works closely with Tracie Spires, our Associate Director of Quality to run our appraisal, revalidation, support and remediation services. Together with the appraisal and revalidation team, since 2013 they have made over 500 revalidation recommendations and successfully delivered over 2500 appraisals.

What tailored support is available? Click on each drop down button below to find out more:

Support with:

  • How to prepare for your appraisal
  • Making your appraisal easy with the PrepIT system
  • The team can even provide administrative support and upload your evidence for you
  • Audits
  • Case reviews
  • Reflective readings
  • CBDs (case based discussions)

There are a variety of ways to collect feedback, all of which work on the same basis of the original GMC patient and colleague feedback questionnaires, some options we recommend are:

  • PrepIT system
  • Edgecumbe 360
  • APC360
  • Finding the right job for you
  • Gaining CPD points
  • Mentoring
  • Completing the required GMC forms (i.e. GMC annual return)
  • Support with your first appraisal
  • Your Responsible Officer is available to provide advice 24/7, so if you feel you need support or find yourself in receipt of a complaint, please ask your recruitment consultant to provide you with your Responsible Officer’s details
  • We have a dedicated team, with exceptional skills available to listen to any concerns you have and arrange support for you
  • We can also give you access to a top of the range mentoring programme
  • In the event of being required to attend a tribunal, our Responsible Officer and dedicated support team will be happy to assist you with obtaining the information you need and provide any practical or emotional support needed during such a stressful time
  • Should you find yourself in difficulty, we have access to trained clinical and educational supervisors who can work with you to formulate a programme of remediation support in order to demonstrate to the GMC that you have addressed any deficiencies in practice
  • This support is provided by the Athona team, lead by the Responsible Officer
  • Your recruitment consultant will review individual needs with the Responsible Officer
  • Support will be provided to doctors during exams
  • There will be the opportunity to complete substantive placements
  • Assistance can be provided for your CESR application

Are you a healthcare professional and want to find out more about Athona and the tailored support available to you and the roles we have to offer? Click the button below to find out more.