The Academy welcomes the announcement today from the Secretary of State for Health that revalidation will start on 3 December 2012.
Dr Anthony Falconer, Academy Chair of the Academy Revalidation Steering Group and President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:
"The Academy, along with other stakeholders, has made a major commitment to developing processes of revalidation because it believes that it will make an important contribution to improving patient care. I would like to thank the medical Royal Colleges and Faculties for the immense contribution they have made to this process over the past years."
The Academy has been active in the development of the process of revalidation to date, working closely with colleges and Faculties, General Medical Council and the Department of Health to make sure that the support that doctors need is in place to get them ready for revalidation. The Academy has funded a number of projects and pilots including projects to develop College and Faculty eportfolio systems to enable doctors to collect, manage and publish all the supporting information they will need for appraisal and revalidation.
The Academy offers a range of online guidance and information for doctors, their appraisers and employers outlining how doctors in different specialties can engage with revalidation, in particular specialty guidance on the supporting information for appraisal and also guidance on remediation. Colleges and Faculties will be offering advice to doctors, appraisers and Responsible Officers to support them through the revalidation process.