Medical Revalidation of Doctors

Medical Revalidation of Doctors

Medical revalidation, the process by which all doctors who are licensed with the General Medical Council (GMC)

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Doctor Revalidation how it works

will regularly demonstrate that they are up to date and fit to practice, started in December 2012.

The system started in the wake of extraordinary medical scandals that have rocked the health world e.g. Harold Shipman.  Revalidation is keeping Doctors up to the standard expected – by being up-to-date with the latest techniques, technologies and research.

Revalidation of doctors also requires addressing concerns about softer skills, such as communication and maintaining trust with patients; all of which should be talked about in the process of revalidation.

Revalidation process happens every five years and applies to all physicians in all settings in the UK – including doctors working as locums and in the private sector such as in occupational medicine.

Doctors will undergo annual appraisals based on the requirements of the GMC’s core guidance of good medical practice.

A responsible officer, who is usually the medical director (in the NHS), will make sure doctors have access to a high-quality annual appraisal and that issues arising are properly addressed. They will also review evidence from those evaluations and make a recommendation to the GMC about the doctor’s continuing fitness to practice every five years.

The evidence provided must include examples of:

  • Quality improvement activity
  • Any significant events
  • Feedback from colleagues and patients
  • A review of any complaints and compliments from patients.

The final decision regarding renewal of a doctor’s licence to practice will be made by the GMC.

The Department of Health has worked extensively with the GMC, the Royal Colleges, employers, patients’ groups and the British Medical Association to ensure that the revalidation of Doctors strikes the right balance and does not take up a disproportionate amount of a doctor’s time. The GMC will work with employers to implement and manage the system.

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Further Reading

Revalidation of Doctors practising in Occupational Medicine is part of the requirement and plans will need to be in place for revalidation, with this checked when Occupational Health services are assessed by SEQOHS for accreditation under the scheme.

Click the link for more information regarding SEQOHS Accreditation

The Faculty of Occupational Medicine has produced guidance for employers on how to chose an Occupational Health Doctor


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