Revalidation looks set for approval after backing from DH advisers and UK health departments

All four UK health departments and a report from expert advisers have backed revalidation, as the health secretary prepares to announce a final decision on whether it should go ahead.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt: will decide whether revalidation will go ahead
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt: will decide whether revalidation will go ahead

The statements come after the BMA announced its support for revalidation after the NHS Commissioning Board pledged to fund remediation for doctors who need it.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt is expected to announce imminently whether the government intends to proceed with plans to roll out revalidation from December this year.

His decision will be influenced by a recommendation from the GMC, which in turn bases its advice on a statement of readiness from health departments across the UK.

Following a meeting today, Sir Keith Pearson, chairman of the UK Revalidation Programme Board (UKRPB) - which will oversee the implementation of revalidation - will write to GMC chairman Professor Sir Peter Rubin, to confirm that all four countries are ready to support the introduction of revalidation later this year.

The GMC will consider these statements, as well as its own readiness assessment made earlier this year, at its council meeting on 27 September and agree whether to recommend the roll-out of revalidation to the health secretary.

The news comes as the Revalidation Support Team (RST) – a DH funded body set up to support the implementation of revalidation – said that it had piloted the proposed model for revalidation, as set out in its 'medical appraisal guide', and found it was fit for purpose.

Professor Sir Peter Rubin said: ‘This is an important step on the way to starting revalidation. I look forward to receiving Sir Keith’s letter and to discussing it at our council meeting next week.’

An RST commissioned report, carried out by the King's Fund and Ipsos MORI, also found that the public supported the roll-out of revalidation.

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