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09 Mar 2016
The General Medical Council (GMC) has commissioned Sir Keith Pearson, Chair of the GMC’s Revalidation Advisory Board, to lead a review of revalidation.
The review will draw on evidence of the operation and impact of revalidation since it was launched in December 2012 and look forward to how it can be improved. The aim will be to produce recommendations for changes during 2017. Sir Keith will look at all reports published to date on how revalidation is working in practice, as well as data gathered throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Sir Keith’s report, which will include recommendations to the GMC, will be produced by the end of this year and will be published.
The report will focus on:
An interim evaluation of revalidation, being produced by an independent UK-wide collaboration of researchers, under the name UMbRELLA, is due to be published during the spring and will be a key element in the evidence reviewed.
Read the terms of reference for the review.
The Revalidation Advisory Board (RAB), chaired by Sir Keith Pearson, provides advice to the GMC and gives insight from a range of perspectives about how the system is working.
Sir Keith Pearson is also Chair of Health Education England. He has held the post since Health Education England was established in 2012.
Revalidation started on 3 December 2012. Revalidation is the process by which all licensed doctors are required to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are up to date and fit to practise in their chosen field and able to provide a good level of care. This means that holding a licence to practise is becoming an indicator that the doctor continues to meet the professional standards set by the GMC and the specialist standard set by the medical Royal Colleges and Faculties.
Responsible Officers (ROs) are senior doctors within organisations that employ doctors who have an overall statutory responsibility for evaluating the fitness to practise of those doctors on an ongoing basis.
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