A REVALIDATION portfolio intended for use free of charge by fellows and members of several medical Royal colleges is now available.
The portfolio has been developed with Equiniti 360° Clinical with the Royal College of Physicians of London acting as the lead agent for the cohort.
The portfolio covers the following colleges:
- The College of Emergency Medicine
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
- Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
- Royal College of Physicians of London
- Royal College of Psychiatrists
- Royal College of Ophthalmologists.
Over the five-year revalidation cycle, doctors are expected to provide appropriate supporting information at annual appraisal to allow appraisers to assess the quality of professional practice, with a responsible officer ultimately to recommend revalidation to the GMC. The portfolio provides an online system to securely record, manage and facilitate submission of this supporting information, including CPD and the results of 360 degree appraisal and patient feedback.
The online portfolio is optional but should be of interest to those doctors who do not have an electronic appraisal and revalidation system available to them at their organisation or who move frequently between organisations. The portfolio allows large amounts of information to be stored remotely and can be accessed from any secure PC. Supporting information can be kept for as long as needed and clinicians can chose to show or not show their information to their appraisers as needed.
Members of the relevant colleges will be receiving emails and other communications explaining how to access the portfolio, and each college will have its own helpline for queries.
Dr Andrew Goddard, chair of the medical Royal colleges revalidation cohort group, said: "Work on the revalidation portfolio started four years ago when it became clear there would not be a tool developed by the NHS. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges was given funding by the DH to develop an electronic revalidation portfolio and has brought seven medical Royal colleges together to achieve this.
"Despite the different colleges having different requirements, it was possible to meld requirements and come up with a system to suit everyone."