GMC guidance aims to cut revalidation red tape

The GMC has issued guidance on supporting information required for revalidation, in a bid to simplify the process.

Professor Mike Pringle: the new guidance meant all doctors’ supporting information would be ‘remarkably similar’
Professor Mike Pringle: the new guidance meant all doctors’ supporting information would be ‘remarkably similar’

The GMC said its new guidance Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation was based on the principles set out in Good Medical Practice guidance.

The GMC said the new guidance aimed to make the appraisal process ‘simple and straightforward’.

It was previously expected that supporting evidence required for appraisal would vary for each speciality, but the GMC said its new guidance applied to all doctors.

Mr Dickson said: ‘We hope our guidance will introduce greater consistency and ensure what we are asking doctors to do is realistic and straightforward.’

RCGP revalidation lead Professor Mike Pringle said the new guidance meant all doctors’ supporting information would be ‘remarkably similar’. This would help appraisers assess doctors outside their own speciality, he said.

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