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Guidance to support medical revalidation from DoH website

Part of revalidation is how doctors respond to complaints from patients. Without complaining, the regulating bodies will not know what is going on with thyroid patients. I think that revalidation and other actions by the DoH such as the Mandate and the review into the handling of complaints are making proper, structured complaints a valuable tool to empower the patient, help achieve a better outcome for the individual patient, help stop poor treatment of future patients, improve good doctors and expose bad doctors.

from the website

14 March, 2013

The General Medical Council and other regulators have published a joint revalidation handbook to help boards check that their organisations are placing quality and safety at the heart of their services for patients.

Revalidation is a new approach to the regulation of licensed doctors. It gives doctors a clear framework to reflect on and improve their quality of care as well as ensuring that a doctor’s practice is systematically reviewed. All doctors will have to take part in revalidation, usually every five years, to demonstrate that they are up to date and fit to practise by undertaking regular appraisals with their employer based on the GMC’s core guidance for doctors, ‘Good Medical Practice‘.

Revalidation is based on a local evaluation of doctors’ practice through appraisal building on existing local systems of appraisal and clinical governance, with the aim being to affirm good practice.

Medical revalidation started on 3 December 2012 and the first tranche of doctors (responsible officers and other medical leaders) will be revalidated by the end of March 2013. The GMC expects the majority of licensed doctors in the UK to be revalidated for the first time by March 2016.

See GMC Revalidation Governance Handbook.

Why is revalidation being implemented?

Patients have a right to expect that the doctors who advise and treat them are up to date in their knowledge and skills and are fit to practise. The purpose of revalidation is to provide assurance to patients and the public, employers, healthcare providers and other healthcare professions that licensed doctors are up to date and fit to practise medicine. The model for revalidation is supported by the public and patients, NHS management, medical royal colleges and the medical profession.

Who is responsible for implementing revalidation?

The overall responsibility for implementing revalidation rests with the GMC. The Department of Health and its delivery arm, the NHS Revalidation Support Team, and other partners had a critical role to play in delivering the implementation of revalidation in England.

Changes to the GMC Licence to Practise legislation, have been made.

Further reading

NHS Employers Revalidation

GMC Revalidation

Revalidation Support Team

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

GMC press release welcoming the start of revalidation

3 Replies

Thanks for bringing this to attention. Have not read everything yet or be able to take it all in today but I do hope this does not further restrict the intelligent caring GP's.

The PCT are the ones (I am told) currently preventing me from being prescribed T3 or Armour.

thanks , wyn


the intelligent caring ones should also benefit by revalidation because patients compliments also are considered.

I strongly believe that good doctors should be complimented and promoted.


Hi there,

Revalidation can only be a good thing. GPs have little time it is true but complaints are rising and will rise further as a consequence of revalidation. We must complain because this is the only way the system will change.




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