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Revalidation little more work than appraisal

There has been coverage in both the medical and national press suggesting doctors are anxious about being ready for revalidation and about being diverted from clinical duties to meet bureaucratic needs.

Nobody would argue with the need to avoid this. But would any doctor in the modern era really debate the need to show they are up to date and fit for work?

The trick is to strike a fair balance. The NHS Revalidation Support Team exists to help achieve this. To doctors we say: focus on your annual appraisal as a means of professional development. If you are following existing guidelines, there should not be much added burden in preparing for revalidation.

The main difference will be increasing the rigour of the information submitted, but this is more of a challenge for the practice than for individual doctors.

Patients already believe their doctors are scrutinised and tested regularly. Revalidation will fulfil this reasonable expectation. With optimism, dialogue and co-operation, there is potential for benefit at all levels.

From Dr Maurice Conlon, national director, NHS Revalidation Support Team

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