Revalidation – the regular assurance that all doctors with a licence are competent and fit to practise, is on its way.
Frontline doctors, patients and all those involved or affected by revalidation will be asked to take part in a major consultation to help shape the process. The consultation will be launched by the General Medical Council on the 1 March 2010 and run for three months.
“The first practical step towards the successful introduction of revalidation was completed in November 2009 when more than 200,000 doctors were given a licence to practise medicine in the UK.
“Now we are going to consult the profession, employers and patients on how we take this forward to create the right model.
“Each month I meet with frontline doctors who are delivering a quality service to patients every day across the UK. Revalidation will not mean they have to change the way they work but, by taking part in appraisal in the workplace, they will be providing regular assurance that they remain competent and fit to practise in the job they do everyday.
“We want to hear from doctors, employers and patients and I hope as many as possible go to the General Medical Council website and contribute to the consultation and share their experience and expertise to help shape how revalidation will work.”
Notes to Editors:
Full details of the consultation, including a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions will be available from the 1 March 2010 the GMC’s website
Doctors, patients and employers can register their interest in the consultation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information please contact the Media Relations Office on 020 7189 5454, out of hours 020 7189 5444, email email@example.com, website www.gmc-uk.org.
The General Medical Council registers and licenses doctors to practise medicine in the UK. Our purpose is summed up in the phrase: Regulating doctors, Ensuring Good Medical Practice.
The law gives us four main functions:
- keeping up-to-date registers of qualified doctors
- fostering good medical practice
- promoting high standards of medical education
- dealing firmly and fairly with doctors whose fitness to practise is in doubt