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GPs should enjoy revalidation, says RCGP leader

Revalidation should be a process that GPs ‘enjoy’, the RCGP’s new revalidation lead has told Pulse.

In an exclusive interview at the RCGP’s annual conference in Glasgow, Professor Nigel Sparrow, chair of the RCGP professional development board, said the process, due to begin in December, should be ‘practical, meaningful and positive’.

But he acknowledged that one of the biggest challenges for the college will be to ensure consistency in how revalidation was delivered, and said it was ‘unfair’ that some GPs were being forced to pay to have their questionnaires analysed, as Pulse revealed last month.

‘We want this to be something that GPs enjoy doing,’ he said. ‘We need to make sure that appraisal remains a supportive and developmental process that allows GPs to consider where they are now and where they would like to be in the future,’ professor Sparrow said.

‘It is that opportunity on a one to one basis, with a colleague, to be able to talk about their own personal and professional development. That is something that is really important and must hold on to dearly. By doing that, it should be a positive process.’

But he added that it was important that ‘variability’ in PCTs delivery of the process was ironed out.

‘There is anecdotal evidence that some PCTs are asking for more information than is required for revalidation, he said.

‘They are intimated to do that for their own organisation, but it is not for revalidation. We must make it clear that the standards are kept to and we don’t see variability.’

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Readers' comments (6)

  • Yes, just like the GCSE should be enjoyable for secondary school students and we should have been weeping with joy with thoughts of doing CSA.

    It will only be "enjoyable" if it didn't have repraisal, with no financial burden and without having to spend my private time preparing for it instead of spending time with my family!

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  • I fail to see how you think i could look forward to and enjoy something which is designed with the option of removing my livelihood if I'm not good enough. It would help though if you could stop PCT's adding their own 'mandatory' bits.

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  • How glad I am to have arranged to retire on 31/12/12 and won't have any more of this nonsense like Appraisal or Revalidation.

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  • Hopefully a quote from someone from an organisation that I have been a member of for more than 20 years has been taken has been taken out of context.
    I enjoy meeting and treating patients
    I sometimes enjoy learning new skills but I do not enjoy jumping through hoops like trained monkey!

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  • Why oh why do NASA spend so much money exploring space to see if life exists elsewhere in the universe when the RCGP simply proves that not only do inhabitants of the planet Zog exist but they also work in General Practice!

    I think we should be told!

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  • Argil

    Revalidation may be (and probably is), above all, an alluring trap for clients looking for that reassurance so much needed by the public opinion to mitigate the greatest hindsight bias linked the Harold Shipman case. The worse the consequences, the greater the bias. For the time being, revalidation is a new business. The costs of this new business will be passed to the clients. I am not sure if this is clear enough. We are not too far away from the negative consequences of the rising malpractice litigation. Doctors have changed the way the work no much beacuse of new evidence and better clinical evidence based practice, but ordering more tests and referring to specialists, or applying treatments even when they are unlikely to help. This attitude may protect physicians, but it is less likely to help patients. Far more than revalidation is, transparency and interactions between doctors (and patients), shared and informed decisions, are what Medicine needs.

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