GMC chairman becomes first UK doctor to revalidate

GMC chairman Professor Sir Peter Rubin today became the first UK doctor to be revalidated.

Professor Sir Peter Rubin: first doctor to be revalidated
Professor Sir Peter Rubin: first doctor to be revalidated

The decision to revalidate Professor Rubin’s licence was made following a positive recommendation from his responsible officer to the GMC.

Speaking of his revalidation, Professor Rubin, who is a consultant physician and professor of therapeutics at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

'I am delighted to be the first doctor in the UK to revalidate. This is the biggest change to medical regulation since the GMC was established in 1858 and change always brings some uncertainty to those it affects. However, to my medical colleagues I’d say that in this age of transparency our patients will expect nothing less.'

He added: 'I’ve had a number of patient and colleague feedbacks over the last few years and they’ve been helpful – partly in reaffirming all the things I do well and also in identifying what I can do better; none of us is perfect. For the vast majority of doctors, revalidation will be about improving still further their high standards of practice.'

The GMC wrote to 13,000 responsible officers and medical leaders on 3 December, telling them when they will be revalidated. All UK GPs are expected to have received their revalidation dates by the end of January 2013.

Around a fifth of GPs will be revalidated between April 2013 and March 2014, and the majority GPs should be revalidated for the first time by the end of March 2016.

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