England set for revalidation

GMC Statement

15 Aug 2012

The General Medical Council has welcomed an NHS Revalidation Support Team report which shows that more than 80 per cent of doctors in England are now linked to organisations that can support them with revalidation.

This report is good news. It shows that organisations in England will be able to support doctors with their revalidation from the end of this year.

Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of the GMC

The report is based on a survey of 650 NHS and other healthcare organisations and will be used by the Secretary of State for Health to assess whether the UK is ready to introduce revalidation from the end of this year.

Commenting on the report, Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council (GMC), said:

‘This is good news and reflects a great deal of hard work to prepare for medical revalidation. It shows that organisations in England will be able to support doctors with their revalidation from the end of this year.

‘It is another significant milestone and we expect to see similar reports from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland over the next month which will give patients and all those involved the confidence that revalidation can get underway. Over time this system will not only provide greater assurance to patients about the competence of their doctors, it has the potential to enhance patient safety and improve the quality of medical care in the UK – and those are prizes worth striving for.’