Revalidation one step closer
19 April 2012
DOCTORS across the UK are being asked by the GMC to confirm the designated organisation that will help them revalidate.
With nine months to go until the first doctor is expected to revalidate, the GMC has launched a make your connection campaign which will run from 18 April until the end of the year.
The GMC already has the information it needs for more than 120,000 doctors, who will be asked to confirm their "designated body" later in the year. Doctors in training will provide the information needed as part of the National Trainee Survey. All other doctors the GMC still needs information for will be contacted in the first part of the campaign.
There are currently 719 designated bodies across the UK, including NHS bodies, independent sector providers, the Independent Doctors’ Federation, three faculties, postgraduate deaneries, the armed forces and 51 locums agencies. Every designated body has a responsible officer who will make a recommendation to the GMC, usually every five years, that each doctor is up to date, fit to practise and should be revalidated.
All doctors will receive an information pack and extensive online support to help them work out which organisation will revalidate them. This will include case studies and a decision-making tool. Doctors do not need to do anything until they are contacted by the GMC over the next few months.
Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of General Medical Council said: "The make your connection campaign marks the start of an important next phase as we prepare to deliver revalidation."