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New guidance ends doubling of CPD credits for demonstrating 'impact'

GPs will no longer be able to claim double the number of CPD points for demonstrating ‘impact’ under new revalidation guidance from the RCGP due this week.

The RCGP said it is proposing a more ‘flexible’ system of CPD credits which reward time spent demonstrating impact, and reduces the burden of documentation required which was ‘arbitrary and ‘restrictive’ under the previous system.

It also hopes the new guidance will address concerns that standards for supporting evidence were being applied ‘inconsistently’ across the country and that it will therefore reduce confusion and ease GP workload.

RCGP revalidation lead Dr Susi Caesar said: ‘Feedback from our members about revalidation was that the current guidance on supporting information was being applied inconsistently. In issuing new guidance, we are moving to a more streamlined and proportionate approach that values quality over quantity. We believe that this will increase the dissemination of best practice while reducing the burden of documentation required.’

‘There were concerns that the existing system of ‘doubling’ CPD credits for demonstrating the impact of learning was restrictive and arbitrary. We have moved away from a ‘one size fits all’ doubling to a more flexible system that emphasises and rewards all the time spent demonstrating impact. Of course, existing credits already earned will not be affected.’

Although GMC sets the standards for revalidation the RCGP said most responsible officers and GPs would refer to its guidance.

Readers' comments (10)

  • Pointless waste of time . Assess doctors through one 4 hour out of hours shift . Take a history , formulate a diagnosis ,initiate treatment. Once every 2 years . Simple effective and only takes 4 hours .

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  • LOL

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  • That's actually an incredibly sensible suggestion. Logistics , indemnity etc would strangle it however.

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  • It's all complete b------s anyway.

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  • An RCGP spokesperson commented 'We've previously been keen on make-believe and fairy dust in portfolios, but now we're concerned that there is not enough blue-sky bullsh*t and sci-fi magic in there, so we'll be encouraging people to use the force and to think outside of the box more.

    We also found that hard physical evidence, like a note from your mum was getting in the way of real contemplation, like an online timer evidencing how long you spent gazing at your own belly-button fluff.

    In future years we hope to introduce tree-bark stroking, and feng shui, and the SoS has indicated that accupuncture might be considered.

    We anticipate that GPs will only need to spend about 85hrs a week on producing a small compendium of collectables, which should allow them an hour or two to actually see patients, sell off their houses, declare bankrupt and collapse into miserable self-loathing in the corner.

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  • Oh FFS. Change again!
    I go to a meeting /ed /event/SEA review/read something.
    I write it down as interesting,or FM I didn't know that!
    I then see a paitent where it comes in handy. I disseminate it to my partners.
    My practice/their practice changes, I put that in 'reflection'
    Double points coz it has made a difference
    What more do they want? Isn't htat grown up adult learning and application. Appraisal is all about the appriaser- I've had a great aprraiser last two years and it has really helped me feel confident about things; most oif it is bullshit but it's what you make of it that matters!

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  • Should involvement with the RCGP not automatically single you out as the last person anyone working on the frontline would want to have acting or thinking on our behalf.
    This is yet another nail in GP. Why not stop smoking funny things in Regent's Park and see some patients like we do - or maybe 50 or 60 per day and more than 1 session per month? You never know you may realise your actions are fuelling Jezza's grand plan.

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  • ‘There were concerns that the existing system of ‘doubling’ CPD credits for demonstrating the impact of learning was restrictive and arbitrary.

    What does this even mean. Demonstrating learning and applying it to daily work is restrictive (?). As opposed to now doubling the work one must contribute (either neglecting one's family or clinical work to do) is so much more liberating and unrestrictive….

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  • The real story here is what the RCGP are NOT telling us about the feedback they received about the revalidation process. I bet it was all as follows: ' FU, I'm off to Oz' or ' I would rather stack shelves at ASDA you Mo Fos' or 'I am 50 yo ,Im retiring, see ya '

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  • Now we would need to sing and dance in order to get revalidated. It is a waste of time and money anyway. What does this even achieve? Harold Shipmann would have passed all his appraisals and revalidations. Their is something not right about this whole malarkey. What is you hidden agenda RCGP?

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