Revalidation will become 'part of working life', says GMC

The GMC has moved to reassure doctors about revalidation outlining that attitudes towards the process will be 'more positive' as it becomes 'part of working life'.

A recent review of the revalidation pilots found revalidation drives up appraisal time by 50%, with GPs taking a total of 18 hours to complete the strengthened appraisal process.

But GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said the revalidation plans have ‘moved on quite a bit’ from the process used in the pilots.

He said the process has since been simplified and he is now ‘optimistic’ that the attitudes of doctors are likely to change over time.

He said: ‘I think once revalidation is up and running and you are doing this all the time as part of your work … the time taken to do it will be less and it will become easier and part of working life. I think attitudes will change and they will become more positive about their appraisals.’

‘It is incumbent on us and those who are designing the systems… that it is easy for doctors to get hold of information and everything is done to make this system as smooth and painless as possible and it becomes a rewarding experience.’

Mr Dickson also said he is ‘reasonably confident’ that each part of the UK is putting plans in place for revalidation.

He said there is a ‘real movement’ going on in the NHS towards revalidation, with organisations ‘awakening’ to the fact that revalidation is ‘not very far away’.

‘…Organisations are beginning to get their act together and responsible officers are taking this seriously. I am reasonably confident that that is moving at the right speed,’ he said.

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