Two in five GPs changed how they work after appraisal, GMC revalidation data show

Over two fifths of GPs have made changes to their practice, behaviour or learning activities as a result of their most recent appraisal, GMC data on the impact of revalidation reveals.

Nearly half of salaried GPs (48%), 46% of locums, 44% of other sessional GPs and 38% of partners have altered their practice as a direct result of appraisal and revalidation, research suggests.

This translates to 41% of GPs overall, based on survey feedback from almost 7,000 GPs across the UK.

The majority of GPs, 59%, said they had not made changes. The GMC said the report shows revalidation is starting to have ‘positive impact’, but warned further improvements can be made.

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The results form part of an interim report by UMbRELLA – a UK-wide collaboration of researchers led by Plymouth University – which compiles survey data collected from doctors and responsible officers (ROs) over the past three years, since revalidation was introduced in December 2012.

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said: ‘We introduced revalidation to provide greater assurance that doctors are up to date and fit to treat patients, and to give them the opportunity regularly to reflect on their practice.

‘We are pleased that the findings from both reports show that revalidation is starting to have an impact. This is encouraging for patients and doctors.

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‘But we cannot be complacent – both reports highlight issues which show the system can be improved.  We want revalidation to be a positive experience and we want to maximise how it can contribute to high quality and safer care.

‘At the same time, we fully understand the pressures that doctors are under and the different context they are working in. We will be taking all this into account as we work with others to shape the future of revalidation.’

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