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GMC confirms it is ready for revalidation

Authors: Matthew Billingsley 

Publication date:  28 Jul 2012


The General Medical Council has declared that “significant progress” means that it is ready to deliver revalidation from December 2012.

After an assessment of readiness by internal auditors, the regulator has confirmed that it has the systems, processes, and infrastructure in place across the UK to launch revalidation later this year.

Niall Dickson, the GMC’s chief executive, said, “Revalidation is on its way. We are entering a new phase—after years of discussion about the principle, the reality of revalidation is imminent.”

The GMC has also confirmed that it is on track to deliver all remaining milestones from now until December, including issuing notice to doctors and responsible officers of the dates on which doctors’ revalidation recommendation will be submitted.

Dickson said that the GMC was pleased by the progress made by the four jurisdictions of the UK in preparing for revalidation and was confident that the healthcare systems across the UK would likewise be ready to implement revalidation by the end of the year.

“Moving towards the implementation of revalidation is a major exercise. We have to connect 230 000 doctors with a responsible officer and designated body, which is the organisation that will support them with revalidation,” he said. “We need to make sure we get the logistics right and make it a smooth process which is easy for doctors.”

Full rollout of revalidation at the end of this year is subject to the Department of Health for England’s readiness report, due to be published in the autumn, and the health secretary’s legislatorial approval.

Revalidation requires doctors to demonstrate how they are meeting the professional values set out in the GMC’s Good Medical Practice by providing six types of supporting information: evidence of continuing professional development, evidence of quality improvement activity, data on significant events, feedback from colleagues, feedback from patients, and a review of complaints and compliments.

Matthew Billingsley editorial assistant doc2doc and BMJ specialty portals BMJ

 mbillingsley@bmj.com

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