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GMC defers revalidation for GPs to 'free up vital time' for coronavirus

The GMC has announced that it will defer revalidation for GPs to ‘free up vital time’ on the coronavirus ‘frontline’.

All revalidation dates scheduled from now until the end of September will be deferred for a year while doctors respond to the Covid-19 outbreak, the regulator said.

Regarding appraisals, the GMC said these were part of local clinical governance meaning responsible officers are at liberty to decide whether to pause or cancel them.

GMC chief Charlie Massey said: We’re doing everything in our power to support doctors and employers on the frontline, where patients need them most. 

'To free up vital time, revalidation dates between 17 March and the end of September will be deferred a year.

‘We hope this will help ease the burden on doctors already working so hard to deliver the best possible care’.

Last week, the GMC confirmed that retired doctors who might come back to the workforce to help deal with the coronavirus crisis will not have to revalidate.

 

 

 

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Readers' comments (20)

  • Good stuff . I was doing some modules the other day and thought what is the point at this stage of the game. A good sensible decision . Well done

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  • So does this mean all appraisals are postponed as well?

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  • Needs clarification!
    ‘Revalidation’ is automatic after a satisfactorily completed five year cycle of appraisals.
    Does the GMC mean that ‘appraisals’ will be ‘deferred for a year’?

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  • What about stopping annual appraisal?

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  • Ah ok so if they stopped appraisals that could delay revalidation . Otherwise as said revalidation comes after 5 satisfactory appraisals . shame to do them then not get revalidated

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  • Sounds ‘iffy’ and ‘mealy mouthed’ to me.

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  • It will only "Free up vital time" if appraisal is also paused

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  • How about Trainer reaccreditation?

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  • Utterly, utterly devastated.

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  • This is ridiculous!
    How on earth will we stop the next Harold Shipman😉

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