The Academy welcomes and supports the GMC’s action plan to implement the recommendations in Sir Keith Pearson’s report – ‘Taking Revalidation Forward’ – published earlier this year. We are committed to working with the GMC and have contributed to the discussions about how to take forward the proposals set out in their plan.
In particular, we will work with individual Colleges and Faculties to update their guidance to ensure greater clarity and understanding on what is required for revalidation in a simple and consistent manner across the specialties. As part of this work, the Academy and its specialties will define what elements are GMC requirements for maintenance of a Licence to Practice and what are recommendations for best practice within a specialty.
We welcome the commitment to make the patient feedback process easier and more valuable – the Academy has an established patient feedback workstream and will input its findings directly into the GMC’s work.
The Academy is aware that many doctors have become sceptical about the value of appraisal for their professional development and see it as a necessary ‘tick-box exercise’ for revalidation. We are keen to improve the appraisal experience for doctors so that doctors remain committed to the process, and welcome the opportunity to work with the GMC to achieve this.
The regulators all have responsibilities for quality, standards and patient safety in healthcare organisations. These regulators recognise that the commissioning of a Medical Royal College Invited Service Review is a positive step by healthcare organisations to continuously monitor and identify learning that can improve the quality of patient care and promote patient safety.
While College reviews are confidential and belong to the organisation that requested them, the regulators expect that trusts will be open with them about commissioning such reviews and their outcomes – and share the findings and action plans with the regulators and others as appropriate.
Royal Colleges and professional bodies undertaking invited reviews have a responsibility for ensuring the prompt sharing of serious issues regarding patient safety and public confidence with the relevant regulators either by the healthcare organisation being reviewed or themselves.