Doctors often assume the General Medical Council (GMC) is the sole body responsible for revalidation.
However, a number of organisations have been cooperating for years to introduce the system, with responsibility for different areas.
The GMC is responsible for:
- Providing guidance on the professional values and principles (based on Good Medical Practice) that doctors need to show they are meeting in their annual appraisal
- Agreeing the supporting information that every doctor needs to bring to appraisal to show they are meeting those professional values
- Developing the secondary legislation that underpins the process (the Licence to Practise and Revalidation regulations)
- Providing the mechanism that enables responsible officers to make recommendations to the GMC, and providing guidance on the criteria for making those recommendations
- Overseeing the delivery of revalidation at a UK level
The Department of Health is responsible for:
- Deciding when to commence the legislation that enabled revalidation to begin. This was the responsibility of the health secretary.
- Ensuring revalidation is affordable, cost effective and right for doctors, patients and the health sector
- Funding and assuring the work of the NHS Revalidation Support Team
- Responsible officer regulations and guidance in England
The National Revalidation Delivery Boards (one in each nation) were responsible for:
- Overseeing the changes to relevant legislation and regulations
- Ensuring there were local systems required to support the introduction of revalidation
The NHS Revalidation Support Team is responsible for:
- Supporting designated bodies and responsible officers in England in preparing for revalidation with training, guidance and tools
- Providing support networks for responsible officers
- Producing clear and effective guidance for medical appraisal in England
- Providing evidence of the costs, benefits and practicalities of implementation, to ensure that revalidation supports high quality care and is cost-effective and efficient
NHS Employers is responsible for:
- Obtaining and acting on local feedback about the preparation and roll-out process
- Encouraging joint working of responsible officers with senior managers and the wider HR team to provide the necessary local support for successful revalidation
- Providing up-to-date implementation advice, as required, to employers in the NHS, the GMC, the DH and other partners
The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is responsible for:
- Facilitating the work of the medical royal colleges and faculties, in particular the development of specialty-specific guidance on supporting information
- Helping medical royal colleges and faculties to deliver consistent training and advice on standards of practice in respect of each specialty
The Revalidation Implementation Advisory Board oversees revalidation at a national level and is accountable to the GMC council. The BMA has a seat on this board.