Revalidation should not create extra GP workload, says RCGP

Revalidation should not create additional workload for GPs, the RCGP has recommended.

In its response to the GMC's consultation on revalidation, the RCGP said concerns about additional workload and bureaucracy was a ‘common theme' in the responses from its members.


It highlighted that GPs have not be reassured by the GMCs pledge that revalidation will not be ‘bureaucratic or costly'.

‘Several members argued that recording and reflecting in writing on their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) was often more time consuming that doing the CPD in the first place, and that revalidation was certain to lead to a greater diversion of GPs from their primary responsibilities,' the document said.

The response also highlighted that many GPs still have concerns over the impact revalidation might have on those wanting to take career breaks.

It outlined that 16 respondents raised concerns how revalidation would apply to those GPs with gaps in their services, through maternity leave, travelling abroad for charity work and those with portfolio careers.

‘Many of these felt that revalidation as a process was heading towards an homogenised general practice, in which those pursuing more individual career paths would be squeezed out, deliberately or by default, by the practical requirements of the process,' the response said.

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