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On revalidation the GMC is listening to you

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 12 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4215
  1. Terence Stephenson, chair
  1. General Medical Council, UK
  1. chair{at}

The GMC is often the misguided target for the ire of those frustrated by the burden of regulation

The General Medical Council is often at the sharp end of questions from doctors about the value of annual appraisals and revalidation, especially from doctors who’ve practised for many years and who are thinking of winding down or retiring.

As an experienced consultant paediatrician myself—and preparing to revalidate for the second time, as I’m still practising—I’m more than familiar with the challenges of collating feedback from patients and colleagues, reflecting on my practice, and ensuring that I meet the various requirements for my annual appraisal.

At University College London Hospitals (my main employer) this includes regular updates on everything from resuscitation training, infection control, and …

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