Sir Keith Pearson’s review of medical revalidation was published last month. The purpose of the review was an opportunity to reflect on, and take stock of the process of revalidation now that four years have passed since its introduction and most doctors have been through the process.

Revalidation was introduced by the GMC in December 2012. The purpose of revalidation was to ensure that doctors who wanted to maintain their licence to practice medicine in the UK were able to demonstrate that they are up to date with their professional development and fit to practise.

Sir Keith has found that revalidation is progressing well, that annual appraisal is taking place and clinical governance is strengthened as poorly performing doctors are being recognised and supported.

However he also concedes that some doctors find the process burdensome and the appraisal process is not working for them.

Key recommendations include:

Updated guidance on the appraisal process making clear what is mandatory and why;
Improving patient input into the process by developing better feedback mechanisms;
Exploring ways to make it easier for doctors to pull together and reflect upon supporting information for their appraisal.

Sir Keith additionally recommends early action to strengthen revalidation processes for locum doctors, remove unnecessary burdens for doctors and increase public understanding of the purpose and impact of revalidation.

If you are a doctor having problems with revalidation or have been refused re-registration based on incomplete or unacceptable revalidation GMC defence barristers can help.