Yesterday Healthcare Republic reported that the RCGP had written to all UK practices and primary care organisations seeking their views on revalidation.
Proposals include GPs submitting a portfolio of 12 items to a local responsible officer. These would include:
- the results of at least two patient surveys,
- a description of any cause for concern and a review of any formal complaint in which the doctor has been directly involved,
- evidence of active and effective participation in a cycle of five annual appraisals over the five-year revalidation,
- a personal development plan for each year agreed with an appraiser,
- a review of the previous year's personal development plan,
- self-accreditation of a minimum of 250 learning credits over the five-year cycle,
- results of the last two multi-source feedbacks from colleagues,
- a minimum of five significant event audits including that the GP has demonstrated reflection and change,
- audits of the care delivered by the GP in at least two significant clinical areas of their practice, and,
- statements of probity, health and use of healthcare including registration with a GP in another practice.
Dr Richard Fieldhouse, chief executive officer of the National Association of Sessional GPs, said: ‘I think the RCGP’s proposals for the conventional route to revalidation are entirely appropriate and are good for patients and GPs alike.
‘However, I am concerned that GP locums are still far behind in terms of the necessary support that they need in order to give them the same opportunities – without this support, my personal view is that many locums could struggle to get this evidence.
‘Our profession has spent significant resources over the years supporting practice-based GPs and now it’s time we focused on locum GPs – who represent 25% of all GPs.’
The consultation closes on 9 January 2009.
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