RCGP to scrap revalidation credits

The RCGP's controversial credits system for revalidation is set to be scrapped, the College's revalidation lead Professor Mike Pringle has pledged.

Instead, the College's plans for the recertification stream of revalidation will be based on hours spent on continuing education, with an hour equivalent to a credit.

The impact of the learning will still play a role, Professor Pringle said.

‘If you do an hour you'll be entitled to a credit or five hours you'll be entitled to five credits. If you get a big impact you'll be able to multiply that and get more credits than just hours of work. That should encourage us to do CME that is valuable to our patients and is of value to us,' Professor Pringle said.

In a frank acknowledgement that the College's current plans are too complex to be workable, Professor Pringle said that the scheme that will go out for consultation in the summer will reflect a change of heart.

The GPC's revalidation lead Dr Terry John welcomed the College's volte-face and said it reflected a high level of concern in the profession about the proposals.

Professor Pringle admitted that revalidation may face further delays. He said that the plans for a very small number of initial volunteers being recommended for revalidation in early 2011 ‘may slip' but he said that a further delay does not matter.

‘What we've got to get right is the system and we've got to do it at the time that it's best to do it.'

To enthusiastic applause, Profess or Pringle promised the LMCs' conference that RCGP members will not face any disadvantage in revalidating.

‘I want to make you an absolutely solid commitment today that there will be no disadvantage to people who are not members of the RCGP,' he said. Any charging differentials will be fair to non-members , he promised.

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