Wales to set up its own process for revalidation

GPC Wales and the Welsh Deanery are developing a separate revalidation process to the rest of the UK.

GPC Wales chairman Dr David Bailey told LMC representatives that revalidation in Wales would be a less bureaucratic version of the RCGP model.

The conference agreed that appraisal in Wales is 'the envy of the UK' and Dr Bailey said an alternative contractor would be appointed to implement revalidation in Wales.

'We want to support the process of appraisal in Wales which is significantly ahead of the rest of the UK. We are working on an alternative to the RCGP version which we hope will be less bureaucratic and more doctor friendly,' said Dr Bailey.

He added that the appraisal criteria would be the same, and be recognised by the GMC.

Dr Nimish Shah, of Morgannwg LMC, said: 'Something sensible is happening in Wales, so let's support it.'

The conference also congratulated the government on the success of the Welsh IT programme, delivered at 'a fraction of the cost' of England's troubled system.

'This is a good example of us setting the way and going a separate way to England,' said Dr Alan Stephenson, of Dyfed Powys LMC.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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