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RCGP to charge for new revalidation toolkit

RCGP members will have to pay for the college’s toolkit for revalidation after it announced it was teaming up with a commercial supplier to release a new version later this year.

The tool – which will be hosted, developed and supported by IT firm Clarity Informatics – should be available from late August and costs £50 a year, but will be free for the first four years for members who are using the existing tool.

RCGP chair Dr Maureen Baker said: ‘Creating a unified system will reduce the costs that we currently incur in developing and supporting our existing Revalidation ePortfolio tool, and at the same time allow us to offer a sustainable, improved system to our members. Having a unified system will also help to standardise the revalidation process for thousands of GPs.’

College members who are currently using the RCGP’s existing tool will get a 25% discount on the yearly subscription after four years. Those members not currently using the existing toolkit will have to start paying straight away at the discounted rate if they decide to adopt the new version.

The move comes after it emerged some NHS England area teams were planning to block GPs from using the College’s toolkit next year, insisting they use Clarity’s system.

Tim Sewart, chief executive of Clarity Informatics, said: ‘We are delighted to be working in partnership with the RCGP to support GPs. We have a proven track record in delivering fully featured systems which are secure, reliable and easy to use and are confident that this new system will become the toolkit of choice for GPs.’