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Appraisal and Revalidation

All doctors registered with the UK GMC need to hold a licence to practise if they wish to prescribe, sign death certificates, or perform certain specific roles for which a licence is required.

The process will work as follows:

Each doctor needs to have an annual appraisal with a trained appraiser within a quality assured appraisal system, such as that which has been developed by the IDF.  The appraisal needs to follow the framework laid down by the GMC.  Doctors will have to provide supporting information relating to each of the attributes in the GMC framework.  This includes multi source feedback, with responses from both colleagues and patients, which must be performed once in each five year cycle.  Evidence of CPD is required, and it should be noted that the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges suggests that a minimum of 50 hours of CPD is required.  There is also a requirement to note and reflect on feedback, complaints and adverse incidents.

Responsible Officers (ROs) have been appointed, so that every licensed doctor has a relationship with a single RO.  The RO must be GMC registered and licensed.  The RO reviews clinical governance data for the organisation, and deals with any concerns regarding each doctor’s practice as they arise.  They also review each doctor’s appraisal outputs.  At the end of each five year period, they will be able to recommend, using this information, whether a doctor should be revalidated or not.  The GMC will then make the final decision concerning relicensing.  The IDF has appointed a RO, Mr Ian Mackay

GMC Employer Liaison Advisers have been appointed regionally, and are the first port of call for any discussion of concerns about a doctor’s practice that cannot easily be solved in house by the RO.

During 2013 the IDF commissioned CHKS, a leading provider of healthcare intelligence and quality improvement services, to undertake external quality assurance of the IDF appraisal and revalidation processes. The review took place towards the end of 2013 and the IDF process has been awarded CHKS recognition for a period of 3 years, subject to an annual review. The CHKS Accreditation Awards Panel noted that ‘the scheme has been found to be comprehensive, robust and designed to facilitate the process of medical appraisal and revalidation’.

The IDF Appraisal and Revalidation systems are open exclusively to IDF members, and any member wishing to join the system should contact the IDF Revalidation team, Tel:  020 3969 4080, e-mail:  revalidation@idf.uk.net.  Please note that IDF appraisal and revalidation fees are payable in addition to the annual membership subscription. You can find further information and the relevant appraisal documents in the appraisal section of the member only area of the website once you have logged in. 

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