GMC proposes “credentialing” to ensure competence

DOCTORS who have been awarded credentials in particular fields of practice would have this recorded in their medical register entry in new proposals by the GMC.

A consultation on the new process – known as credentialing – has been launched and the GMC is inviting the views of doctors, patients and professionals.

Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the GMC said: "Patients need to have confidence in the doctors that treat them. Being able to see a doctor's credentials on the medical register would provide further reassurance that they are in the hands of a competent and capable professional.

"Credentialing is especially important in areas which currently fall outside of recognised medical specialities and areas where patients may be vulnerable, such as forensic medicine or cosmetic practice. Others include breast disease management and musculoskeletal medicine.

 "It could also benefit doctors' career development and prospects as they will gain formal recognition for the skills and expertise they have in a specialist field."

The consultation is available on the GMC website and closes on 4 October 2015.