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Margaret McCartney: We must look at the whole impact of revalidation

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 29 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2323
  1. Margaret McCartney, general practitioner
  1. Glasgow
  1. margaret{at}
    Follow Margaret on Twitter at @mgtmccartney

The UK Medical Revalidation Collaboration (Umbrella) has reported on the impact of introducing revalidation.

“Expecting appraisers to consistently evaluate doctors’ fitness to practise, based on appraisal, is unlikely to be reliable,” it says, adding that, “if the main impact is simply to document professional practice it might explain the significant concerns expressed about the time and resources required, with frequent statements in interviews and survey responses that it took doctors away from their patients.”1

Contrast this with (Health Education England chair) Keith Pearson’s 2017 review of revalidation. He wrote that most …

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