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Academy Patient and Lay Committee comment: Lay involvement in revalidation report

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ Patient and Lay Committee (APLC), welcomes the publication of the Lay involvement in revalidation report.

Doctors’ revalidation is an important part of the process in ensuring the quality of patient care is maintained, so it is important that the patient voice is heard when it comes to understanding how effective that process is.

Ros Levinson, Chair of the APLC said,

‘Revalidation was originally created to provide greater assurance to patients and the public, employers and other healthcare professionals, that licensed doctors are up-to-date and fit to practise. And from a patient perspective, there is much to be pleased with – some Trusts really do give patients a voice. That said, we are concerned some of the Trusts surveyed in the report which did not already engage with patients seemed to lack awareness of the crucial benefits of lay involvement in revalidation too. We will do what we can to ensure a better understanding of the value of patient involvement in revalidation and will be exploring ways to bring this to the attention of the Trusts which are less engaged with patients than they should be.’