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The waiting game

‘Revalidation doesn’t make us better GPs’

Dr Peter Williams

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We jump through all these hoops, which are really difficult. They’re costly in money as well as time, and at the end of the day it doesn’t make the profession any better.

One year, I recorded about 70 hours of education but was told that some didn’t count and so I only just got the 50 hours that is required. So I now record everything.

This year, I recorded about 200 hours just so I didn’t get caught out at the end of the year. My appraiser then told me there was far too much to read, and asked me to record less next time. So I’m getting confusing mixed messages.

I haven’t found many colleagues who say that the process of revalidation has made them a better doctor. They say it doesn’t make them more professional, it doesn’t make them a better GP. If actually that’s the feeling for the majority of GPs, we’re not looking at the right things.

Dr Peter Williams is chair of Derby and Derbyshire LMC

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Readers' comments (14)

  • T'was always known as a waste of valuable resources and also demoralising. Shame on individuals who voluntarily participate. Personally have a horrible premonition of dying just before an appraisal, having suffered and completed all the sh1te.

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  • There is a real need for leadership. The disconnect between front line workers and those determining policy is vast. Go to any meeting and discuss appraisal/QOF/CQC/ eportfolio etc etc and we all feel the same. A significant cull of these areas will save money and improve morale/ retention so why can't it be done?

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  • 1:32pm. It can't be done because of vast corrupt vested interests.

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  • There are 2 issues
    1)Good Post Graduate education either meetings , online, or reading which is valuable and should be funded (we should get paid study leave, travel and locum expenses)
    2)Appraisals-- A waste of time

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  • If we all agree it's a total waste of time then why don't we stop doing it??

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  • doctordog.

    Appraisal—a case of presentation over content.
    Time consuming and not fit for purpose - whatever that was.
    Trouble is not everyone agrees—why be an appraiser?

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  • Maverick

    General Practice and Primary care are f.ck.d. Is this really all you're bothered about? If so, good night Vienna and you deserve the whole lot. I'm closing my Pulse subscription.

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  • Appraisal and Revalidation are part of the reasons why GP is failing, driving older Doctors out and turning the rest of us into tickbox monkeys.

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  • Knowledge is Porridge

    I know 2 people who have chosen to stop completely after retiring as they cant face appraisal. Otherwise they might locum and support the workforce. This is a massive part of the GP crisis and deserves every bit of attention. It is mirrored in the terrible eportfolio I was subjected to as a registrar. This was the reason I warned others not to join me in the world of GP. Crap trendy educational psychology regarding reflective learning, which is not how most adults actually learn best.

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  • That the BMA supported the introduction of this idiocy, and continue to do so, is reason enough to cancel BMA membership.

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  • Just Your Average Joe

    If a large percentage of GPs just refused to do it, they can't stop thousands of GPs working and replace them, so it would die its own death.

    Non compliance would kill it, if only enough would do this at the same time to stop the ivory towers picking off the brave few souls who set the process in motion.

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  • You can't not comply as an individual because having a licence to practice is the law. This is how the GMC makes its profit, picking off doctors one by one, the traditional tactic of terror. This is just a small part of the corruption facing the whole profession and ultimately destroying the NHS. The only way to fight it is to raise enough money to have a private criminal investigation into those who are profiting from abusing their powers and holding our profession to ransom.

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  • Tis a pile of sh1te but i suspect there needs to be something, and much as I can suggest a sensible something.... i suspect what we would get would be worse!

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  • £97 million per year- cost of appraisal system

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