Revalidation of licensed doctors begins today. Senior doctors in medical leadership role will be amongst the first to go through the revalidation process under the GMC’s new way of regulating licensed doctors.
It is expected that the majority of licensed doctors in the UK will have been revalidated by 2016. Revalidation aims to give patients and the public, as well as employers and other healthcare professionals, extra confidence that doctors are up to date and fit to practice. All licensed doctors will need to revalidate on a regular basis (usually every five years) in order to keep their licence to practise.
Speaking on the process, Dr Tony Falconer, Academy Revalidation lead and President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said:
“I am pleased that the process of revalidation has finally started and like the majority of doctors, I hope that this process will improve the quality of medical care for patients and look forward to seeing the evidence of such progress.”
Professor Terence Stephenson, Chair of the Academy said:
“The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges supports the principle of revalidation. All the UK's doctors will be demonstrating that they are fit to practise in whichever field they work in”.
More information on revalidation can be read on the GMC’s website
The Academy’s role and involvement in revalidation can be read here