This blog is a word to word account from Sir Keith Pearson’s report on the state of the medical revalidation exercise for UK doctors.
Key recommendations for the GMC, working with others:
- Update guidance on the supporting information required for appraisal for revalidation to make clear what is mandatory (and why), what is sufficient, and where flexibility exists.
- Ensure consistency and compatibility across different sources of guidance.
- Identify ways to improve the input of patients into the revalidation process by developing a broader definition of feedback which harnesses technology and makes the process more ‘real time’ and accessible to patients.
- Consider bringing forward the date of first revalidation for newly-licensed doctors.
- Set out expectations for board-level engagement in revalidation and provide tools to support this.
- Address weaknesses in information sharing in respect of doctors who move between designated bodies.
- Continue work with the CQC and NHSE in England to reduce workload and duplication for GPs.
- Work with relevant organisations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales to identify and respond to any similar issues if they emerge.
- Identify a range of measures by which to track the impact of revalidation on patient care and safety over time.
- Consider replacing the term ‘revalidation’ with ‘relicensing’.
For further information and support for a doctor appraisal, please visit: https://www.medicalappraisals.org.uk