Revalidation of doctors in Primary and Secondary Care in the UK

Dr Contact offers revalidation services for clinicians in Primary and Secondary care in the UK

What is revalidation?

In 2009, the General Medical Council (GMC) introduced licences for doctors practising medicine in the UK. Any clinician who is to treat patients, or carry out tasks such as prescribing or signing death certificates, is  required by law to hold a licence. This applies to anyone who practise full time, part time, as a locum, either privately or in the NHS.

As of December 2012, revalidation means that clinicians must renew their licence every five years.

How does revalidation work?

Revalidation is based on local appraisals in the workplace. To revalidate the licence, clinicians must demonstrate that they are up to date and fit to practise, in accordance with the values of good medical practice as defined by the GMC.

As a Clinician,

  • You will need to maintain a portfolio of supporting information drawn from your practice that demonstrates how you meet the principles of good medical practice.
  • You will be expected to have an annual appraisal based on your portfolio of supporting information.
  • The law says that a medical practitioner, known as a responsible officer, must be appointed to make sure your appraisal takes place and to evaluate your fitness to practice. The Department of Health has produced a detailed guide (PDF) looking at how this will work.
  • The responsible officer will make a recommendation to the GMC about your fitness to practise, normally every five years.  The recommendation will be based on your appraisals over the previous five years, combined with information from the clinical governance system of the organisation in which you work.

The GMC says you will need six kinds of supporting information to discuss at your appraisals. You will need to record information about:

  • Continuing professional development
  • Quality improvement activity
  • Significant events
  • Feedback from colleagues
  • Feedback from patients (where applicable)
  • Complaints and compliments.

For most doctors, revalidation will be a five year cycle.

How can Dr Contact help you to prepare for appraisal and revalidation?

Dr Contact offers GPs and Hospital Clinicians essential updates and practical tips on the latest evidence, important advances and issues that are relevant to their daily practice through arranging educational 1-2 day events/courses. At the end of the each day participants receive a certificate of attendance detailing the hours of education on that day.

Every hour of educational activity equals to one credit, therefore, a 6 hours educational day with Dr Contact will allow you to claim 6 credits.

At Dr Contact, we are able to offer a bespoke revalidation events. Please contact us on +44 843 005 6074

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