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Launch of Good Medical Practice – 25 March 2013

This document is central to GPs assessment and revalidation.

The assessor will compare the doctors performance against the requirements of GMP. One of the major changes brought in last year is that the GP will have to show the assessor a portfolio of supporting evidence. The Guidance on supporting evidence

states that

A doctor should seek feedback from colleagues and patients and review and act upon that feedback as appropriate.

Feedback is often provided by patients and others by way of complaints and compliments which should also be reviewed as part of the appraisal process.

A complaint is a formal expression of dissatisfaction or grievance. It can be about an individual doctor, the team or about the care of patients where a doctor could be expected to have had influence or responsibility.

Complaints should be seen as another type of feedback, allowing doctors and organisations to review and further develop their practice and to make patient-centred improvements.

Further information at

The GMC say:

We began reviewing Good Medical Practice in 2011 and consulted extensively to help us shape the new edition. We also consulted on nine pieces of explanatory guidance and have redeveloped our interactive case studies, Good Medical Practice in Action.

Good Medical Practice (2006) is our current core guidance for doctors. We review it regularly to make sure it is up to date and reflects what doctors and patients think are the important principles and values of good care.

A new edition of Good Medical Practice and our explanatory guidance will be published on our website on 25 March 2013 and because it’s our core guidance to the profession, we will send every doctor on the register a copy of it so they have time to become familiar with the new guidance before it comes into effect on 22 April 2013.

Here you can read more about:

Good Medical Practice: explanatory guidance

Next steps

Good Medical Practice: explanatory guidance

Good Medical Practice sets out the high level principles of good practice expected of all doctors. The explanatory guidance provides more detail on a range of topics which doctors and others ask us about. During the review of GMP, we consulted on nine pieces of existing explanatory guidance and we will publish alongside GMP in March 2013:

Acting as a witness in legal proceedings

Delegation and referral

Doctors’ use of social media (new guidance)

Ending your professional relationship with a patient

Financial and commercial interests and conflicts of interest

Maintaining boundaries which is now three separate pieces:

Intimate examinations and chaperones

Maintaining your professional boundary with a patient

Sexual behaviour and your duty to report

Personal beliefs and medical practice

Reporting regulatory and criminal proceedings within and outside the UK

Doctors must follow the explanatory guidance which will be available to download from the website on 25 March 2013 (and available on request in print). As with Good Medical Practice, the explanatory guidance will come into effect on 22 April 2013.

Next steps

Between now and publication, we will develop plans for raising awareness with the profession, employers, educators and the public about the changes and the additional material we have developed to show how it applies in practice.

If you would like to be notified about the publication or implementation dates, you can sign up to our email update.

For more information about any aspect of the review or publication, please email us.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us during the review.

2 Replies

If they all stuck to these rules and regulations we would all have perfect doctors. Trouble is they probably never even read this stuff.


I couldnt agree more. i think that it is up to us sufferers to point this out to the doctors and complain about them when they still dont comply with Good Medical Practice. That is what revalidation is all about.


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