GMC consultation on credentialing

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The General Medical Council (GMC) is consulting on a draft framework for credentialing which it plans to introduce in 2019.

The concept of credentialing has been under discussion for some time. Credentials recognise expertise and provide training opportunities in areas of practice where there may be significant patient safety issues, or where training opportunities are insufficient and may not provide adequate flexibility to support effective service delivery.

Doctors who have met the GMC’s standards and have been awarded credentials in specific areas of practice will have this recorded in their entry on the medical register.

The draft framework builds on the previous consultation around the general principle of credentialing. It sets out:

  • the GMC’s proposals for how credentials should be identified and implemented
  • the process by which organisations can establish a GMC approved credential 
  • the procedure that doctors will have to follow to obtain a credential.

The intention is that a regulated credential would only be introduced where:

  • patient protection cannot be met in other ways
  • a demonstrable service need exists
  • its development is practicable and feasible
  • organisations that are authorities in the field can support it.

The consultation

The GMC consultation on the credentialing framework is based on the following themes:

  • the case for change
  • defining credentials
  • identifying credentials
  • regulating credentials
  • implementing credentials
  • developments to support flexibility.

We have produced an online survey to gather your views on the elements of the GMC’s proposals that are most relevant to employers.

Please complete the survey by Friday 11 January 2019.

Your responses will ensure that employers’ interests are represented as work progresses on establishing a framework for credentials.

Read the GMC's full consultation, which includes links to the final report of the credentialing pilot study.

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