P_HR_19 Medical Appraisal to Support Revalidation Policy

Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust recognises and accepts its responsibilities to provide good standards of care and treatment to patients, by fully qualified, statutory registered professional practitioners. Professional regulation is intended to protect the public, making sure that those who practise a health profession are doing so safely.

 It is planned that from 2013 practising GPs will need to be relicensed at 5-year intervals under a process known as revalidation. Under Revalidation the Responsible Officer or their deputy will review a range of data, including a portfolio of specified supporting information submitted by the GP, evidence of regular clinical general practice, other clinical governance data and evidence of annual appraisal. The Responsible Officer will then decide whether the GP is up to date and fit to practise and, if so, will recommend the doctor for relicensing. The first revalidations are due to take place at the end of 2012-13.

In addition robust systems of Appraisal and Revalidation are required to meet the external standards set out by the General Medical Council (GMC), Medical Royal Colleges and Department of Health (DoH).

The medical appraisal and revalidation process is an essential part of LCHS' commitment to its employees and requires all medical practitioners working within their services to be aware of, understand and deliver the vision, values and culture of the organisation in the conduct of their duties.

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