RCGP consults on revalidation proposals

The Royal College Of General Practitioners (RCGP) has written to all UK practices and primary care organisations seeking their views on revalidation.

Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of General Practitioners

The RCGP has published a document which explains that revalidation pilots will take place in 2009 before the process actually goes live in 2010.

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.

Each GP would be required to submit a portfolio of evidence every five years. This would include:

  • 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
  • Statements of probity, health and use of healthcare including registration with a GP in another practice.

A group consisting of the responsible officer, an RCGP and a lay assessor would then notify the GMC of the names of GPs it was able to recommend for revalidation.

The cases of those it was unable to recommend would be considered by a GMC affiliate as well as representatives of the RCGP and GMC. The consultation closes on 9 January 2009.


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