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RCGP to charge for new revalidation toolkit

RCGP members will have to pay for the college’s toolkit for revalidation after it announced it was teaming up with a commercial supplier to release a new version later this year.

The tool – which will be hosted, developed and supported by IT firm Clarity Informatics – should be available from late August and costs £50 a year, but will be free for the first four years for members who are using the existing tool.

RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker said: ‘Creating a unified system will reduce the costs that we currently incur in developing and supporting our existing Revalidation ePortfolio tool, and at the same time allow us to offer a sustainable, improved system to our members. Having a unified system will also help to standardise the revalidation process for thousands of GPs.’

College members who are currently using the RCGP’s existing tool will get a 25% discount on the yearly subscription after four years. Those members not currently using the existing toolkit will have to start paying straight away at the discounted rate if they decide to adopt the new version.

The move comes after it emerged some NHS England area teams were planning to block GPs from using the College’s toolkit next year, insisting they use Clarity’s system.

Tim Sewart, chief executive of Clarity Informatics, said: ‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with the RCGP to support GPs. We have a proven track record in delivering fully featured systems which are secure, reliable and easy to use and are confident that this new system will become the toolkit of choice for GPs.’



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  • Vinci Ho

    A bit of a mess, isn't it?

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  • I am an appraiser in Sussex and I use the excellent GP Tools toolkit. Unlike Clarity and the RCGP ePortfolio, GP Tools comes with free surveys and a mobile phone app. It is also much easier to navigate and the technical support, should you need it, is excellent.

    I find it incredible that the RCGP is now washing their hands of the responsibility of running and maintating the ePortfolio.

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  • Very disappointing RCGP. Promised not to increase membership fees for 30ES. Instead remove a benefit and sell it back. I think I would rather you just say, "sorry we are broke and need to increase fees" . I hope you reconsider this announcement as I fear it will be a member loosing move, I hope the financial modelling has taken this into account.

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  • I agree with 7.37pm.

    Used all the toolkits and GP Tools beats them handsdown. Try it
    Don't let them tell you you can't use it-I am going to refuse if I am told (now I work in Cheshire) that I have to make the retrograde step of moving back to Clarity.

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  • This is disgraceful. Membership fees are high enough without having to pay in addition for something which is mandatory. Soon we will be paying to be GPs rather than earning a wage. Stop this nonsense RCGP and represent your members properly.

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  • Took Early Retirement

    Agree- disgusting. However, why not use paper? It is legal;, I always have and will for what is likely to be my last appraisal this summer.

    John FRCGP (And very disappointed.)

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  • What is the point of the RCGP?

    Why are we paying membership as I have seen no benefits in the 15years I have been paying - other than free use of the tool kit for appraisal.

    and an organisation that has failed in its duties to provide a fair and transparent CSA exam and managed to discourage future GPs from joining the profession.

    Time to stop funding this useless organisation and save some money.

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  • For many people this is the only reason for staying with rcgp. As soon as 'free' period is over I will leave the RCGP. What a useless organisation

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  • Surely this can only be a good thing? My experiences with the Clarity toolkit have only ever been good.

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  • @10.26 - Why not leave now, and just pay £50 for Clarity (or even better, £30 for GPTools). You can then use the other £450 towards a holiday to relax after your appraisal!

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