NHS Employers responds to report on doctor revalidation

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25 / 10 / 2013 Midnight

NHS Employers responds to the ‘Organisational Readiness Self-Assessment (ORSA) Report 2012-13’, published today (25 October 2013) by the NHS Revalidation Support Team.

Dean Royles, chief executive of the NHS Employers organisation, said:

“The introduction of revalidation for doctors is great news for patients. So far, so good, but revalidation is an ongoing relationship and doctors and employers will keep working at it. It needs ongoing commitment to fill gaps in appraisal rates and Medical Directors that are determined to ensure all doctors are appraised. 
“If we are to fulfill the ambition of making good doctors better, we all  – patients, doctors, leaders, other clinicians and managers – need doctors to be fully engaged with revalidation and addressing what should change on the frontline. It will make a big difference to NHS planning and ensure doctors are in the driving seat, leading the NHS as it strives to provide high quality, safe care every day of the week.
“Appraisal rates for staff grade, associate specialist and specialty doctors have nearly doubled in the last three years. It is particularly good to see these doctors being supported and getting into the habit of engaging with their senior medical colleagues in developing themselves and the care they are giving. NHS Employers has worked hard to establish these connections and we will be urging Medical Directors who have local responsibility for revalidation to press on and ensure all appraisals are completed. Surely everyone can agree that they are essential for a safe, high quality health service.”

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