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GPs will need personal patient surveys for revalidation

By Gareth Iacobucci

GPs will be individually judged by at least two surveys of patients every five years under plans for revalidation, the RCGP has revealed.

The surveys are intended to give detailed feedback from patients about a doctor's practice.

Portfolios for revalidation will also have to include a minimum of five significant event audits and descriptions of any cause for concern raised about doctors.

Details of the revalidation cycle emerged as the college launched a consultation to seek GPs' views on over the controversial proposals.

The document outlines the step-by-step process GPs will have to go through in order to be revalidated every five years.

But some GPs have accused the College of trying to rush through the consultation over the Christmas period – with responses expected by 9 January.

GPs will be subjected to five annual appraisals during the cycle, and will have to submit yearly personal development plans agreed with appraisers.

They will also have to take part in a self-accreditation scheme to achieve a minimum of 250 learning credits – at a rate of at least 50 credits a year – as well as at least two multi-sourced feedbacks from practice colleagues.

Professor Steve Field, chair of the RCGP, said GPs would have sufficient time to respond to the proposals, pilots of which are due to begin next year.

He said: ‘This is about helping doctors provide evidence to show their side. I have great sympathy with the fact that there is a proliferation of things for patients and doctors to fill in. We will push very hard to reduce the burden.'

Dr John Pittard, a GP in Staines, Berks, described the consultation as ‘a PR exercise'.

He said: ‘It's just tokenism. No one seriously expects the rank and file to be given an opinion.'

RCGP consultation specifies GPs will need two patients surveys every 5 years

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