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22-07-2012 | General practice | Article

‘Revalidation is on its way’


GMC revalidation

MedWire News: The General Medical Council (GMC) has announced that it is on track to introduce revalidation later this year.

In December 2012, it will inform all doctors of when they will have their first revalidation. Responsible officers, who recommend other doctors for revalidation, will be revalidated from December 2012, and the process rolled-out to all other doctors between April 2013 and March 2016.

"We are entering a new-phase - after years of discussion about the principle, the reality of revalidation is imminent," said Niall Dickson, chief executive of the GMC, in a press release.

Earlier this month, the RCGP released new guidance on how to prepare for the changes. As well as encouraging doctors to ensure they had completed the necessary clinical audits and patient/colleague feedback surveys, the college also launched an online tool to help GPs collate supporting information for their revalidations online.

RCGP Chair Dr Clare Gerada said in a press release: "We will continue to provide leadership and practical support throughout the introduction of revalidation and beyond. It is vital that we get this right for patients - and for doctors."

Meanwhile, the GMC remains confident that the necessary systems, processes and infrastructure are in place for a smooth delivery.

Dickson commented: "We will be ready to start delivering revalidation from the end of this year and we are confident that the healthcare systems across the UK will also be ready. Now is the time to get on with this."

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By Kirsty Oswald