All doctors in the UK are participating in a new scheme to check their skills. Revalidation of doctors came into place in the United Kingdom on 03 December 2012 The revalidation scheme is a new system that builds on the regulation and performance of doctors - not about making complaints. All doctors are to review the way that they treat and care for patients. Each year, your doctor will discuss with a specially trained medical colleague, whether there is any way his or her medical practice can be improved. This is called an Annual Appraisal.
Annual Appraisals are a collaborative means for a doctor to work with patients and other doctors, to continuously improve their practice. The purpose of the exercise is to make sure that very doctor reflects on positive comments received from patients, and on any concerns raised by patients and colleagues.
All doctors must take part in Annual Appraisals
Doctors must produce a 'folder of evidence' each year, to demonstrate that they are working to the highest medical standards. As part of this 'folder of evidence', doctors must ask patients about their experiences of how well the doctor has practised.
Doctors' revalidation also includes an important role for patients who should now be more able to feed back about their doctor, both positively and negatively. Feedback is an essential part of your doctors' Annual Appraisal. All relevant patient care issues are considered at these Annual Appraisal meetings, including positive comments, complaints or incidents that may have occurred and need to be revised.
Every five years, all doctors are reviewed to assess whether they are up-to-date, fit to practise, and complying with professional standards of good medical practice. The doctor's "fitness to practise" is then signed off by the GMC (General Medical Council).
Revalidation and Annual Appraisals are designed to boost the quality of medical care delivered to patients in the UK. It aims to help doctors maintain and improve their practice and encourage patient feedback about the medical care they receive.
A 'revalidated' doctor is one who has been monitored by a senior doctor in a healthcare organisation and who has proven good medical practice.The new scheme applies to all doctors wishing to practise in the UK, whether they work in the NHS or privately.