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Personal Development Review (PDR)

* Announcement *  NDM are pleased to introduce our new online PDR platform supported by simitivesimitive logo.jpg

For guides on how to use the new system and available training and resources to support the PDR process,  please see the information sections at the bottom of this page.

personal development

Reviewers and Reviewees log on here: Login | NDM PDR ( 

The PDR is a process of self-reflection and assessment, with the aim of identifying training and development needs as well as setting agreed objectives for the period to follow. The Department’s PDR scheme is underpinned by a set of principles agreed by the Personnel Committee and supported by  People & Organisational Development (POD).

Personal - it is about the person and helps integrate individual aspirations and capabilities with the needs of the University and the challenges of the role. But it also covers performance expectations, through the development and achievement of objectives;

Development - it is about the development or changes needed to enable individuals to do their job well and to develop their potential, if they want; and to discuss any career aspirations that the reviewee wants to share;

Review - it looks backward to review past achievements and reflect on lessons learned and then looks forward to planning the year to come.

Following feedback from staff surveys and Athena Swan working groups, NDM has taken the decision to move to an annual completion date of 30 June each year for all PDRs in the department. The PDR completion window will be open from now until 30 June 2022.

If you have any questions regarding your PDR, please contact: Sarah Spruytenburg on ext 12922 or Lois Nicholas on ext 12946 or email:

For Experimental Medicine PDR queries, contact

  1. Schedule a time with your line manager to conduct your PDR.
  2. Prepare for your PDR  Login | NDM PDR ( You will need your SSO.  The PDR form is designed to provide structure and guidance to support your discussion

How to complete the online PDR form

  • The reviewee should complete both Looking Back & Looking Forward tabs  at least one week ahead of scheduled PDR meeting Note: Future objectives and training needs are draft at this stage as they will be finalised on discussion with the reviewer.
  • The reviewee must click share to send the form to their reviewer at least one week in advance of the PDR.
  • The reviewer can then add comments to the form.  Ahead of the meeting the comments can be shared with the reviewee by clicking share or can be kept as draft to amend during or after the meeting by clicking ‘close’.
  • After the meeting final comments and amendments should be made and both reviewer and reviewee need to click share again AND ‘Sign Off’.
  • Both reviewer and reviewee need to tick ‘Sign Off’ to agree the PDR is complete.

Simitive user guides are available:

Guide for Reviewee

Guide for Reviewer

A PDR process flow diagram is also available

Your PDR should be completed in Simitive no later than 30 June 2022.




We highly recommend you review these guides especially if you are accessing Simitive for the first time.  If you have any feedback regarding the guides,  please contact  Learning & Development 


Guide for Reviewee

Guide for Reviewer




People & Organisational Development (POD)

POD offer a range of resources regarding the essentials and principles of PDR’s for reviewers and reviewees

Resources for reviewees - incudes 'Making the most of your PDR' &  'Career Conversations'

Resources for reviewers - includes 'PDR reviewers - your role', 'Agreeing Objectives' & 'Giving Feedback'


University Training and Development resources

NDM Training and development pages 

NDM Learning contract statement


  1. If you need to check when you last had a PDR, please contact the Learning & Development team, they will be able to help you.
  2. In accordance with GDPR compliance, we would like to advise that we may be required to report some general information about all PDR’s conducted as part of the department's commitment to Athena SWAN.
  3. Clinical staff who are reviewed by the Trust are encouraged to also have an NDM PDR.  Clinicians will need to refer to the Clinical Care website, for details on statutory and mandatory training, appraisal and revalidation.
  4. A PDR should not be carried out for new staff on probation, or students.
  5. For staff that completed that recently completed probation, the first PDR will be due 12 months following the final probation meeting.
  6. NDM Learning contract statement.
We have produced an FAQs document to support the new online system, which you may find useful.

Please contact Sarah Spruytenburg on ext 12922 or Lois Nicholas on ext 12946 email: if you have any questions regarding your PDR

For Experimental Medicine PDR queries, contact