Appraisal & Revalidation

Our organisation each year provides support services for many of its members undergoing appraisals and revalidation. We help independent sector from a wide range of backgrounds, specialties, and scopes of practice by providing appraisals and assisting with finding routes to revalidation.

What is revalidation?
Revalidation is the process by which the professional body confirms the continuation of a licence to practice in the UK. All health professionals who wish to retain their licence to practice need to participate in revalidation.

What is the purpose of revalidation?
The purpose of revalidation is to provide greater assurance to patients, the public, employers, and other healthcare professionals that licenced professionals are up-to-date and fit to practice. It is a key component of a range of measures designed to improve the quality of care for patients.

How does revalidation work?
Revalidation is based on a local evaluation of the health professional's practice through appraisal. Through a formal link with an organisation, determined usually by employment or contracting arrangements, each one relates to a senior doctor in the organisation, the responsible officer. The responsible officer makes a recommendation about fitness to practice to the professional body. The recommendation will be based on the outcome of the annual appraisals over the course of 3-5 years, combined with information drawn from the organisational clinical governance systems. The responsible officer is accountable for the quality assurance of the appraisal and clinical governance systems in their organisation. Improvements to these systems will support doctors in developing their practice more effectively, adding to the safety and quality of health care. This also enables early identification of doctors whose practice needs attention, allowing for more effective intervention.

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