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NHS Employers and NHS Confederation comment on Government announcement to begin the process of revalidation
"The Government's decision to start the process of revalidation for doctors will be welcomed by employers as much as it is by patients. It is a very positive step forward and should herald greater patient safety and build confidence. Patients need and expect this. It has been a long time coming. After years of planning and preparation the hard work of implementation now begins in earnest.
"Revalidation is a key part of ensuring safe, modern care for patients. Most importantly, it is crucial for assuring doctors that they are providing the highest levels of service. The introduction of regular tests and more appraisals will help engage doctors positively with the mandatory process of retaining their licence to practise. Many patients will be surprised this isn't happening already.
"This is a big change for doctors and the involvement of employers is key to getting it right. Employers have worked hard with medical directors and will be making sure doctors have the opportunity to take part in an annual appraisal and ensure that organisational systems enable easy access to the clinical governance information doctors require to support that appraisal process.
"We must avoid the trap of thinking that this announcement means the job is done. The implementation of revalidation will be a challenge and requires active commitment. Making sure the process works in practice is what will be key to its success.
"We have been working closely with the BMA, GMC, patient groups and the UK Revalidation Programme Board to bring an important employers’ perspective. We will of course continue to work with doctors through a range of activities in the coming months to help them engage with the process, including webinars and targeted regional workshops for doctors and their Responsible Officers.
"It would be great to see some of the country's most senior doctors now putting themselves forward to be first in line for revalidation."
Mike Farrar, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, of which NHS Employers is a part, added:
"Revalidation will be a powerful tool to help NHS boards keep a close eye on the quality of service doctors provide to their local populations.
"These new checks will be an opportunity to address the bigger picture of clinical governance. The challenge now for boards is to become engaged with revalidation to ensure it helps deliver a continual improvement in services, medical practice and patient care."
Notes to Editors
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