Put simply, revalidation is a way of ensuring all doctors are up-to-date in their knowledge and safe to practice. Part of a wider system of measures to promote improvements in safety and quality, revalidation is not a test or a way to raise concerns about a doctor.
On the contrary, it’s much like a performance review in any other profession, and enables you to demonstrate to the General Medical Council (GMC) that you comply with the relevant professional standards. All doctors must adhere to the process – however, not all doctors are guided by an experienced agency like us.
We’re here to help
As an agency, we are committed to working in partnership with you to assist, guide and support you through the appraisal and revalidation process. With us, you can rest assured that you’ll know exactly what’s required of you and when.
The revalidation process
Revalidation is based on an annual appraisal, ensuring that all doctors meets GMC requirements. The information from the annual appraisals is passed to a Responsible Officer who will make a recommendation to the GMC about whether to revalidate you as fit to practice. It is customary to be revalidated every five years. HCL Doctors is delighted to have our own Responsible Officer, Dr Michael Smith.
As an agency that works in partnership to assist and support our locum doctors, we believe that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to revalidation and appraisal doesn’t always work. If you have any queries around the subject, we’re only a phone call away. Register
with us now, and we will be happy to support you.