Over 7,500 doctors undergo revalidation

THE GMC has announced that over 7,500 doctors have been revalidated in the first six months of its new system of checks.

By the end of this year the GMC expects to confirm that up to 30,000 UK doctors have revalidated. The aim is for the vast majority of UK’s 235,000 licensed doctors to go through the process by 2016.

Medical leaders - including Professor Sir Peter Rubin, Chair of the GMC, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS Medical Director for England and Dr Clare Gerada, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners - were among the first to be revalidated following introduction of the checks on 3 December 2012.

Niall Dickson the GMC's Chief Executive and Registrar said: "After years of debate and planning we are now on the road with revalidation and delighted with the way it is working so far. The success of the first six months is a significant achievement for the doctors who have revalidated and the organisations they work for.

"We hope the doctors have found it useful to reflect on their practice and to get feedback for both patients and colleagues. For some doctors this will be a big change but most should already have been having appraisals and reflecting on their practice throughout their careers.”