Re: Scrap the royal colleges’ fellowships
For a while, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) ran "Fellowship by Assessment" (FBA), which was a rigorous peer-reviewed assessment of the day-to-day work of the individual GP. The paperwork and day-long interview by 3 assessors required for this assessment formed a thesis from the individual on how to develop to be an excellent GP. It is sad that FBA was lost in the development of the RCGP in recent years, as it provided an focus for GPs who aspired to develop high quality care in their practices. And it rewarded those GPs with recognition by peer review, rather than a "gong" for "service".
There is an opportunity for all Royal Colleges to develop this sort of Fellowship again, incorporating leadership and management of change skills, sophisticated communication skills, IT skills and other areas appropriate to 21st Century health care excellence.
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