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Revalidation: A handy how to guide for locum doctors

Posted on 21 August 2015

We know that your appraisal and revalidation may not be the first thing on your list when it comes to locum work, but keeping this information up to date is an important task if you want to work as a
licensed doctor in the UK.
 
Even though our dedicated Revalidation team is here to help you every step of the way, it is vital that you have an understanding of what is required for your appraisal and revalidation so the whole process can run as smoothly as possible. After all – you want to be working, not worried about paperwork.
 
That’s why we’ve put together this ‘how to guide’ for both locum and permanent doctors
 
What is Revalidation?
 
Revalidation is the process by which all licensed doctors are required to demonstrate on a regular basis that they are up to date and fit to practice in their chosen field. It is designed to increase patient confidence, improve the overall quality of patient care and support your continuing professional development.
How does revalidation work?

Firstly, you will need to identify the ‘designated body’ that will help you with revalidation. Typically, this is the organisation with which you are most connected e.g. your hospital, GP practice or locum agency.

For more information on how to identify your designated body, click here.

If you think Holt Doctors is your designated body, contact us on revalidation@holtdoctors.co.uk

Arranging annual appraisals

A ‘Responsible Officer’ from your designated body will arrange annual appraisals which are based on the core guidance for doctors set out in the Good Medical Practice (GMP). The appraisals will focus on the four following areas:

1. Knowledge, skills and performance -
2. Safety and quality.
3. Communication, partnership and teamwork.
4. Maintaining trust.

Essentially, the appraisal process is there to help you monitor your performance, provide evidence that you are up-to-date and fit to continue to practice, enable you to reflect on the supporting information you have collected and identify areas for practice development.

Based on the feedback from your appraisals as well as other information drawn from your designated body’s clinical governance systems, every 5 years your responsible officer will make a recommendation to the GMC that your license should be revalidated.

Final GMC checks

Finally, the GMC will carry out its own series of checks, after which your license will be revalidated and you will be able to continue to practice.

Holt Doctors offers a full range of revalidation support services including:

• CPD loyalty points to spend towards your annual appraisal or CPD activities
• A full appraisal from a fully qualified NHS appraiser
• Dedicated responsible officer for the entire revalidation process
• Full documentation explaining the appraisal and revalidation processes

If Holt Doctor’s is your designated body or for more information on revalidation, please email us at revalidation@holtdoctors.co.uk

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