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Revalidation is changing clinical practice, claims GMC

Putting doctors through revalidation is changing clinical practice, the GMC has claimed.

A GMC-commissioned review found that, overall, 42% of doctors had changed their practice as a result of their most recent appraisal.

Although a majority of all doctors (58%) had not done so, the GMC said the findings showed that among under-50s around half did change their clinical practice following their appraisal.

The interim report, which comes as part of a wider three-year GMC review on the impact of revalidation led by the UMbRELLA group (UK Medical Revalidation Evaluation Collaboration), also found that:

  • Less than half of respondents agreed that appraisal is an effective way to help improve clinical practice.
  • Responding doctors were divided in their opinions about the impact of revalidation on appraisal, with less than a third believing that revalidation has had a somewhat or very positive impact on appraisal.
  • Around a third of doctors said revalidation has improved the appraisal process.

GMC chief executive Niall Dickson said findings that showed that ‘revalidation is starting to have an impact’, which he said was ‘encouraging for patients and doctors’.

He added: ‘But we cannot be complacent – both reports highlight issues which show the system can be improved. We want revalidation to be a positive experience and we want to maximise how it can contribute to high-quality and safer care.

‘At the same time, we fully understand the pressures that doctors are under and the different context they are working in.’

Readers' comments (23)

  • Me too - got out before my first revalidation......

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  • REVALIDATION HELPED ME TO

    "DITCH THE COUNTRY COMRADES"!!!

    OVERSEAS NOW READING ALL THESE DEPRESSING HEADLINES MAKES ME REALISE IT WAS THE BEST EVER DECISION !!

    DITCH THE COUNTRY COMRADES!!!!

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  • "•Less than half of respondents agreed that appraisal is an effective way to help improve clinical practice " should be the obituary notice for the whole rotten process.

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  • Also got out before my first revalidation.....

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  • of course people say revalidation is changing their practice, because that is what you have to say to 'pass' your appraisal. GPs are quick learners and those of us who have remained on the sinking ship have just learned to play the game better. Now, would you like to be shot in the head or the foot? (more than 50% say foot)

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  • Appraisal/revalidation has led me to:-
    Leave the RCGP
    Leave the BMA
    Develop a portfolio career
    Apply to take my pension early

    But most of all PRACTISE DEFENSIVE MEDICINE

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  • Agree with much of the above. GMC needs to study the answers to the supplementary questions: Has the change in your practice made your patient care better/worse/no different and has the change made your job satisfaction/chance of leaving early better/worse/no different?

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  • Niall Dickson said, "dhfeuhfrh gdhgfy frr gfjjiydry deeriyfb"

    Makes sense to me

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  • Sadly there is no one to address our concerns. The over regulatory parasite is killing the host.Looks like they know what they're doing and slowly trying to kill off the nhs.

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  • Tend to agree..
    Pay practices like some in Dorset £300 per patient and. Clinical practice improves.
    Let low paid practices in poor premises and clinical excellence may be there ...but not seen and doctors burnt out .
    Why have we got no funding for small practices.
    Dr Swinyard has said he had to struggle back from retirement as he has no pay for the sessions he did
    Has he been consulted..no
    What we get is retired highly paid guys or redundant PCT staff running CCGs in many areas

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