Medical revalidation

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Medical revalidation was formally launched by the General Medical Council (GMC) on 3 December 2012. It is the process by which all doctors with a licence to practise in the UK need to satisfy the GMC at regular intervals, that they are fit to practise and should retain that licence.

NHS Employers worked with the British Medical Association, GMC, patient groups and the UK Revalidation Programme Board (UKRPB) to support employers and ensure they had everything they needed to prepare for the implementation of revalidation.

    How we represent employing organisations 

    NHS Employers sat on the UKRPB and its supporting project groups. The UKRPB brought together the key interest groups involved in delivering revalidation across the UK. The England Delivery Board, accountable to the Department of Health, also had employer representation. 

    Guidance on the employment of locum doctors

    We have published guidance for the appointment and employment of NHS locum doctors which includes advice on how locums should be revalidated.

    Responsible Officer Consultation (August - October 2015)

    The Department of Health has published the consultation document ‘Medical Revalidation – Guidance on the role of the responsible officer’. This version of the guidance updates the previous guidance issued by the Department of Health in January 2010 and takes into account the changes made by the Medical Profession (Responsible Officers) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 including the abolition of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and Strategic Health Authorities’ (SHAs) and the new RO structure in the UK, which saw NHS England being given the responsible officer roles that previously sat with SHAs and PCTs. It also reflects the experience of responsible officers over the first two years of implementation.

    The RO guidance has been produced in collaboration with the Scottish and Welsh governments and NHS England and is aimed at three key audiences:

    • doctors licensed with the General Medical Council (GMC) to practise medicine;
    • responsible officers and those taking on the responsible officer role; and
    • organisations designated in the regulations.

    The Regulations give specified senior doctors (responsible officers) in certain organisations (designated bodies) functions that will ensure all doctors work within a managed environment, in which their performance, conduct and behaviour are monitored against agreed national standards. Where there are concerns about a doctor’s fitness to practise, the Regulations require responsible officers to instigate an investigation of the doctor’s performance. Where concerns are not deemed appropriate for referral to the GMC fitness to practise procedure, responsible officers have a duty to ensure that appropriate remedial action is taken. If the cause of concern is found to relate to the systems, team or processes as well as, or rather than, an individual doctor, the responsible officer has a duty to ensure that the designated body takes action to address any issues.

    The consultation will run for eight weeks between 27th August 2015 and 22nd October 2015.

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