The College-wide PRDP process is a valuable tool for developing the performance of all staff members; your annual PRDP meeting with your line manager is a conversation that focuses on the previous year’s work and achievements, as well as your objectives and plans for the coming year. It also includes the preparation of an individual development plan, and is a chance to provide feedback to and receive feedback from your line manager.

NHLI was the first department in College to achieve a 100% PRDP completion rate, thank you for helping us to continue to achieve this each year. As well as ensuring that all members of staff have a PRDP meeting we are committed to doing them well and have incorporated the recommendations from the 2016 PRDP Quality Control Project into our guidance.

How often should I have a PRDP meeting?

The PRDP meeting can take place at any point in the year but please do make sure that you have a meeting in each calendar year. After the meeting log into ICIS Manager Self-Service to confirm the date that the meeting was held and send a copy of your form to

Preparing for your PRDP

  • Line managers – please arrange a date for a PRDP meeting with your staff members
  • Staff members – please remind your line manager when your PRDP is due
  • Clinical staff – please arrange a joint meeting with your academic and clinical manager
  • Preparing for the meeting:

 Having a quality conversation

The conversation in a PRDP is broader in focus than in more regular one-to-ones. Time should be specifically allocated to cover a review of the previous year and to discuss and agree specific aims and objectives for the next year, which should include details of personal and career development and aspirations.

  • Set SMART objectives
  • In setting your objectives distinguish between work/performance objectives and personal/development objectives
  • Your PRDP and objectives should be reviewed regularly throughout the year
  • Ensure workload issues are addressed during the meeting
  • Don’t forget to include information about your outreach and public engagement activities (where applicable)


You will be exempt from the PRDP process if you are on:

  • Formal probation
  • Maternity/parental leave
  • Long term sickness absence

If this applies to you please notify us on so that we can make a note for our records. On returning to work following a period of leave please ensure that a meeting with your manager takes place to give you time for discussion and work planning.

 Where can I find out more?

Forms and guidance can be found on the College webpages. As the forms are revised annually please do make sure you are using the most recent version of the form. Note that from summer 2018 a new form has been introduced for postdocs and fellows - you can find it on the College PRDP webpage.