NHS Employers responds to the King's Fund survey on revalidation

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16 / 10 / 2013 Midnight

Dean Royles says high quality appraisals are essential in a safe and modern NHS.
Commenting on revalidation, Dean Royles, chief executive of NHS Employers said: 

"We know high quality appraisals are essential in a safe and modern NHS requiring doctors to be regularly assessed through their appraisals to ensure their skills are up to date, in order to keep their license to practice in the UK. 

"We know this is only the start of the process but so far the results are encouraging. We now need medical directors in Trusts to keep focus to ensure those yet to be appraised are completed in an appropriate timeframe.

"There is much we can learn from the initial roll-out of medical revalidation by making sure doctors, who are being revalidated and employers, who are responsible for making sure their staff are up-to-date, are part of the process so it isn't just another box ticking exercise. The purpose is to improve quality and transparency to patients and we should keep that as our goal. 

"This report will also provide valuable learning for the nursing profession who are on the revalidation journey. Although the process will be very different, the importance of keeping staff fully engaged and involved will be central to success."

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