Guest Editorial - How GPs can get ready for revalidation

Revalidation is fast approaching. Assuming that the health secretary activates the legislation this autumn, revalidation of doctors will start in December 2012, beginning with responsible officers.

By December, you should learn which year you will be revalidated and by March 2016 it is expected that most licensed doctors will have been through the process.

Many GPs are asking, what do I need to do? Recently the college launched its new version of the Guide to Revalidation, giving the clearest indication yet on how the revalidation process will be rolled out and what GPs need to know and organise now.

The guide should be read in conjunction with Supporting information for appraisal and revalidation: guidance for general practitioners, which is the GP version of Academy guidance for all doctors.

Your responsible officer will need to be satisfied that you have participated in an annual appraisal process which covers all of your medical practice; that you and your appraiser have signed off at least one appraisal which has Good Medical Practice as its focus; you have brought to your appraisals appropriate supporting information; and there are no unresolved concerns about your performance as a GP.

The RCGP has developed a revalidation ePortfolio to aid the process. The college and others have navigated through a political and professional minefield to come up with a way forward that is appropriate, realistic and workable.

We will continue to provide leadership and practical support throughout the introduction of revalidation and beyond. It is vital that we get this right for patients - and for doctors.

Professor Clare Gerada, RCGP chairwoman recommends

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