Revalidation needs proper testing before adoption throughout UK

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 24 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:913
  1. Lisa Hitchen
  1. 1London

Thorough trials of revalidation are needed to test the new system for assessing doctors’ fitness to practise before it is introduced everywhere, says the Department of Health.

Bruce Keogh, the NHS medical director, said, “This needs to be piloted. A big bang approach is going to be an utter disaster.” He said that a “whole system trial” is needed that tests the system in a number of different specialties and settings.

He was speaking at a conference of the British Association of Medical Managers and Healthcare Events on the topic in London last week.

Una Lane, assistant director for revalidation at the General Medical Council, agreed that a phased approach was needed. A recent audit by the company KPMG showed that the current appraisal system was patchily implemented geographically and in …

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