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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

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Re: Margaret McCartney: We must look at the whole impact of revalidation- mandatory training

It is not just the process of appraisal and revalidation that is causing work force loss but the increasing burden of so called mandatory training. The list of topics that are now demanded often on annual basis continues to grow. Whilst an initial understanding is needed as part of training for many of these requirements things have not in reality changed in years. Trying to find who has demanded these, or why and what is the actual legal basis of them being called mandatory remains a closed secret. Organisations often default to it being a CQC need but the CQC does not specify any mandatory bits of paper only that staff are adequately trained. Sadly the pointlessness of many of these means I suspect that most are done with no learning or reflection just ticking the questions on the online training forms ,if at all. Tens of millions of man hours are being spent on this annually within the NHS . Why?

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 June 2018
sharvill nicholas
Deal kent