Building on solid ground: have your say on the legislation that will underpin how revalidation works
The countdown to revalidation has begun. We are working closely with the organisations that employ or contract with doctors to make sure they are ready.
Over the coming months we will also start sending you the information you need to help you prepare.
An important step in all this is getting the legislation in place that will govern how it works. We are consulting now on the draft regulations that set out our legal powers for revalidation.
We want as many doctors as possible to take part in this consultation so we can be confident that we have got the right rules in place and that you believe it is workable and fair before the legislation goes through Parliament.
If you have concerns or suggestions for how we could improve any aspect of this please let us know. The consultation is open until 27 January 2012.
Where can I take part?
You can read our proposals by downloading the consultation document (pdf).
What does the legislation cover?
How often doctors will need to revalidate
The draft regulations confirm that most doctors should revalidate once every five years.
But we think we should be able to vary this so that we can be flexible in some circumstances. For example, doctors taking career breaks may need the date they revalidate brought forward or pushed back if they won’t be working at the time they would otherwise be due to revalidate.
We want to know if you think this is the right approach, but also if you think there may be some adverse consequences for doctors if their revalidation date is deferred for any reason.
How much notice we need to give
The draft regulations set a minimum period of three months for us to let doctors know when their next revalidation date. We expect we will be able to give much longer notice in most circumstances, but we think this is a fair period of time.
Withdrawing or restoring a doctor’s licence to practise
We can already withdraw a doctor’s licence to practise in certain circumstances, including at the doctor’s request, but the draft regulations include some new circumstances in which we may need to do so. For example, if a doctor refuses to take part in revalidation completely or fails when asked to give us the information we need to revalidate them.
Doctors with no responsible officer
A very small number of doctors will have no connection with a responsible officer. The draft regulations would allow other organisations to take on that role if we believed they met the standards required.
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